Optimising Performance: How Jungian Alchemy Informs Organisational Transformation
Michelle LeBaron & Nadja Alexander, "Optimising Performance: How Jungian Alchemy Informs Organisational Transformation", Organizational Aesthetics: Vol. 9: Issue 2, 62-82 (2020)
22 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2020 Last revised: 4 Dec 2020
Date Written: February 1, 2020
In this paper we explore the alchemical possibilities of aesthetics in transforming organizational performance. We ground our discussion in an exploration of how four alchemical elements – earth, water, air and fire – identified in the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, can catalyse transformation. Inspired by Jung, we examine how these elements help us to better build awareness – of ourselves, of others in teams and work groups, and of untapped potential in organizational contexts. By developing greater awareness of aesthetics and their alchemical potential, leaders can better navigate the emergent and complex workings of organizational transformation processes, whether change is the desired outcome of a process, or is an undesired consequence of forces beyond an organization’s control.
Keywords: Organizational change, conflict engagement, arts-based methods, expressive arts, Jungian theory, alchemy
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