Please note: The presentation, Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned – Another Approach to Systems Thinking, by Kathleen K. Wiseman, MBA, as well as the discussion following Ms. Wiseman's talk is not available due to confidentiality reasons. Please contact Ms. Wiseman at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about her presentation.
Morning Program: A Dialogue on Leadership Between Bowen Theory and Evolutionary Theory
Welcome and Introduction - Anne McKnight and Stanley Proffitt
Leadership in the Family System: “To Be Responsibly Responsible for Self” - Daniel V. Papero, PhD, MSSW
An order or structure underlies presentations of family functioning, and the knowledge of such a structure permits the description of a set of functions that influence the behavior of the system. Among those functions are those related to leading, the ability to influence the behavior of other participants.
Discussion Topic: Observable Markers of Differentiation of Self in Leadership - Amie Post interviews Daniel Papero
Evolution and Human Systems - Stephen M. Colarelli, PhD
Evolutionary theory is a systems theory. It is also the bedrock of the life sciences, and it is becoming an important foundation for the social sciences, psychology, and the helping professions. Dr. Colarelli give an overview of some systems components of evolutionary theory and evolutionary psychology, with a focus on their relevance to leadership, families, and organizations.
An Exploration of Ideas - Stephen M. Colarelli and Daniel Papero
Large Group Moderated Discussion - Thinking and questions stimulated by reflection and small group discussion
Moderator: Stanley Proffitt with Daniel Papero and Stephen M. Colarelli responding
Afternoon Program: Using Bowen Theory to Respond to Practical Leadership Challenges
Forging Leadership in Faith Communities - Emlyn Ott, DMin
Four clergy colleagues will share their experiences of clarity and confusion while working in their respective communities. Representing different traditions, settings and principles of faith, they will engage in conversation centered on how they have managed to cultivate personal clarity in church, community and faith tradition during an era of upheaval and change.
Business Leadership Case Presentation: Togetherness and Transformative Firing - Erik Thompson, MA
The concepts of Bowen family systems theory have proved useful to business advisors, and the leaders they serve, who understand that emotional process affects individual performance, and can be influenced by individuals within the group. Based on over a decade of study of business relationship systems, this paper will show that extrusions in business (firings) are often adaptive. These ideas will be illustrated by a business story in which the resistance to firing a teammate appeared to be the expression of systemic immaturity.
Kathleen Wiseman interviews Emlyn Ott and Erik Thompson
Large Group Moderated Interaction - Audience questions and thinking
Moderated Large Group Debrief for Day 1
Morning Program: Anxiety and its Influence on Functioning
Welcome Back and Kickoff for Day 2
Moderator: Stanley Proffitt
Family Interdependence as Adaptive Response - Carrie E. Collier, PhD, LPC, CRC
Psychotherapy grounded in Bowen family systems theory supports individuals’ interests in engaging in a series of process-oriented steps, toward differentiation of self, that promotes future movements in the direction of successful family adaptation. The family goal becomes seeking a more complex emotional system; freeing up the system’s energy to be directed toward the integration of emotion with thinking.
Differentiation of Self as a Foundation for Leadership - Amie Post, MA, LCMFT
Being paid to lead is a complicated business, learning to be a leader is the work of a lifetime. Thinking with Bowen theory can contribute to functioning in business but work on differentiation of self is where real leadership emerges. This presentation will present family of origin work, its influence on leadership and how Bowen theory is utilized as a framework for thinking about how organizations function.
Conversation between Stephen M. Colarelli, Carrie Collier and Amie Post
Cooperation and Leadership in the Family and Workplace - Stephen M. Colarelli, PhD
Humans are a social species. Indeed, it has been our capacity to cooperate with others, perhaps more than any other human trait, that has been responsible for our success as a species. Although we cooperate with both family and non-family members, our capacity to cooperate widely with non-kin has been critical to the complex division of labor, the widespread growth of civilizations and nation-states, large organizations, and national and international economic systems. What is the evolved basis for our extraordinary capacity for cooperation? What role do leaders – in families and organizations – play in enabling cooperation? What does an evolutionary perspective say about the constraints and opportunities for encouraging and sustaining human cooperation?
Comments on Morning Presentations with Thoughts and Questions - Daniel Papero
Moderated Large Group - Audience engagement with Stephen Colarelli, PhD, Carrie Collier and Amie Post
Moderator: Stanley Proffitt
Afternoon Program: Using Bowen Theory as a Framework for Thriving and Adapting to Emerging Challenges
Caskie Research Award Presentation
Conversation with Daniel Papero, Stephen Colarelli, Erik Thompson, Carrie Collier, Emlyn Ott, Amie Post, Kathleen Wiseman and Stanley Proffitt
Hierarchy, Coalitions, and Social Influence in Family Business - Anne S. McKnight, MSW, EdD
This presentation explores leadership in two groups. In the first, the long-time leader of an organization is challenged by a younger colleague but maintains his role by marshalling the support of his staff. The upstart recruits another colleague to form a coalition to overthrow the leader. The role of the relationship system as central to leadership is highlighted. In the second group, the tension between a leader and a challenger is reduced by the efforts of an individual to stay out of a coalition and to relate to both individuals. Understanding the power of triangles in an organization is explored, as well as the effectiveness of neutrality in relating to leadership conflicts.
Moderated Large Group - Conference Debrief
Closing Conversation - Conference Planning Committee with Anne McKnight