We already know that employees want to feel connected to a higher goal of a company. Now, the times have dawned upon us that we also realize we are not separate from each other either. To avail of the potential that this connection has, other approaches to organizational development are in place. Family systems or a network of friends, we have come to embrace that they share the same mechanisms to a group of people forming an organization. They are connected. In the arena of Change this means that our tools to work with the connection between people, within their specific composition, apply. Particularly as we are becoming more and more comfortable and capable to set up organizations with specific goals that are not only monetary driven, do not need old ideas of hierarchy and want to work towards effects on society as a whole. Organizational constellations (also known as systemic work) is such a tool. Here are three reasons how so.

Experience led

Einstein coined the phrase that we cannot solve a problem on the same level it came into existence. And, let’s face it, most of the time we try to think our way out of things. Therefore we need effective tools to help us move beyond our mental capacity. In a constellation we work with the full human experience: emotions, physical sensations and movement, mental approaches, and an intuitive dimension. Moving to problem solving methods beyond the mind and the mental are very effective. Constellations literally move people. Towards new positions, new perspectives, giving room for the solutions to come forward. Participants in a constellation are asked what they feel, rather than what they think. They are asked what natural movement comes from within, instead of how they think things should relate to one another. And because they are an active part of the whole, their contribution / experience thereof makes any situation shift.

Change is always a given

Contrary to popular belief we do not need to work towards change. Change is always and everywhere. When we regard nature as an inspiration we find ourselves tuned into a process that happens by itself, we do not have to do, work, figure to or manage anything. It arranges itself. In change we tend to spend a lot of time in the establishment of change. In a constellation change is the energy that draws the whole forward to its optimum at the time of a constellation. The system is at ease and works well if each person has their own unique place (be it within or outside of the organization); the relevant order of things is acknowledged, and; giving and receiving within the system are in balance. A constellation is a very powerful tool to see how to move with the flow of Change.

Outer performance is an inner job

Any change tool can be great to work with, but I more than often see how the quality (not necessarily the same as the success) of the company is as the quality of consciousness of the people that work for the organization. Outside manifestation is an inner proces. And improvement of your organization might as well be a soul searching process. The further discovery of seen and uncovery of unseen dynamics provide the overview needed to see how you block change in your organization and what actions you can take according to the actual state of your people and your organization.

More about Shinta Oosterwaal – “Systems have always fascinated me. I love to see how everything connects, and I am not at ease when it doesn’t. When I speak to someone about one thing, the bigger picture is always in the back of my head. In my mind I move back and forth from one viewpoint to the other. My belief is that when you change one thing in the system, you change the whole system. Therefore my clients will ask me to work with them not only on a single issue, but also to see what influence their individual actions can have on the bigger playing field. That’s why my clients feel autonomous and effective in their work.”

ART | ‘Constellation’ | W.P. Andrews