Finding Voice – Listening to Others

Leadership and Authority in Groups & Systems

A Group Relations Conference


A Group Relations Conference (GRC) is an intensive and experiential learning event that provides the rare opportunity to study one’s own behavior as it happens in real-time; without the distractions of everyday social niceties, workplace pressures, and established protocols. In the unique environment of a GRC, hidden aspects of one’s motivations, behaviors, and work-life are brought to light. Once available for conscious examination, GRC participants are assisted in learning what supports or detracts from one’s effectiveness, particularly how leadership and authority are manifest.

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About this Conference

In the world at large, there are struggles around having a voice, being seen, being heard. How can we understand the dynamics at play in this struggle? Group relations offers a lens through which to study our behavior in groups and systems.

In this experiential 3 day conference, we will create a temporary learning organization. By exploring the boundaries, authority relationships, roles, and the task of understanding our experience, we will uncover some of the conscious and unconscious complexities we encounter as individuals in groups and organizations. Systems, group-as-a-whole concepts inform our understanding. This learning is invaluable as we take up our roles and tasks in the groups and organizations we belong to and interface with in daily life.

  • This conference is a learning opportunity, focused on leadership, various forms of authority, identity, and membership in groups and organizations.

We invite you to join us in this immersive 3-day conference sponsored by The New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations & Social Systems (the New York affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute) and co-sponsored by The A.K. Rice Institute.

As a member, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Join a diverse group of people exploring the seen and unseen processes in groups and systems.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how projections about competence are connected with the identities we carry.
  • Learn about the intersection of unconscious dynamics impacting how we feel at work and in our efforts to achieve life goals.
  • Develop a greater understanding of leadership in organizational change.
  • Explore the exercise of authority, the interaction with boundaries, and focus on task.
  • Learn about how personal systems, one’s interaction in work and life environments, is affected by how we take up roles.
  • Consider the nested relationships of the groups we inhabit within larger systems.

Date: January 18th – 20th, 2019 (Fri-Sun)

Location: The City College of New York (CCNY)

160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031