Leadership & Membership In Our Time

Working with Identity, Authority, and Boundaries

A Group Relations Conference – January 17-19, 2020

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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

Leadership in this precarious moment is up for grabs. How do we consciously and unconsciously authorize individuals and groups to help us chart a path forward?  Membership is a deeply contentious question as we debate who is allowed in and who not. What are the unconscious assumptions about  boundaries? Who is authorized to act, and in what manner? 

The intersection of our many identities has an impact on group process. In this context, families, groups and organizations are encountering new questions. We are challenged to find effective, inclusive, ethical formats for work, creative expression, personal and family pursuits. 

A group relations conference creates a temporary community examining unconscious system dynamics. We have a leadership structure, authorized by the sponsoring organizations. Members join with staff and with each other in looking at what we are creating.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin

In this experiential 3 day conference, we will create a 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, and 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 the identities we carry are connected with projections about competence.
  • 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 effectiveness and development.
  • 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 social and political systems.

DateJanuary 17-19, 2020

Location: The City College of New York (CCNY)

160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031