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Leadership, Contact & Conflict

Working beneath the surface

Wednesday 10th January 2018 - Saturday 13th January 2018

Hotel de Buunderkamp, Wolfheze, The Netherlands

Utrecht University School of Governance
p.r.o. academie



A working conference on Leadership, Contact and Conflict to explore group and organisational dynamics and develop your own roles in it.

We are longing for contact in life and organisational life.
How can we have contact without avoiding differences and conflicts?

Having conflict without contact is not so difficult, but worse.

It takes leadership to do both.

Leadership: What does leadership mean to you? Is it a job title/status, a role that you take (on) in a group, a form of behavior...? What does leadership mean to others around you? How do you personally shape leadership?

Contact: The word contact refers to touching: in what way? What is played out in contacts between persons, groups or organisations? How do you, in having contact, make the distinction between the person and his/her role?

Conflict: What do you experience when having conflicts? In conflict situations with yourself and with other persons, groups and organisations? Can conflicts be innovative and are they worthwhile examining in depth, or do they cause one of the three instinctive reactions: fight, flight or freeze in the first place?

Working beneath the surface: What is not yet visible in the interaction and still contributes to how leadership, contacts and conflicts develop? What is actually going on beneath the surface? Which roles do you (un)consciously get and how do you take them up?

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The working conference Leadership Contact & Conflict is a temporary learning institution, in which experiences of yourself and others in groups and organisations form the basis. It relies upon the active participation of the members and the staff of the conference.

Unlike in traditional academic conferences, there will be no lectures: experiential learning means that you learn from the immediate, here and now experiences that you have through participation and working on the primary task of this temporary learning organisation.

It provides a safe space to gain experiences in an intense way and thereby to work on your personal and professional development.

During the conference, you will gradually become more aware of the way in which leadership, contact & conflict influence the way you shape your roles spontaneously within the learning organisation.

You will develop insight in the conscious and unconscious processes that influence what one feels, thinks and does within the group.

The focus of this conference is to explore, discuss, reflect on and develop the different roles that you take up.

From there, the connection is made to your experiences in the roles as you take them up in your own organisation; so that you can translate your learning experience to your specific working practice.

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Questions around leadership, contact & conflict, and the manner in which people take up or do not take up certain roles in the organisations and institutions in which they live and work, are universal themes.
Diversity of participants in terms of background, age, work experience, nationality and gender is a source for rich learning experience.

Leadership, Contact & Conflict is particularly suitable for anyone
• with questions around leadership, contacts and conflicts and who wonders how people take up or do not take up certain roles in organisations
• who wants to become more effective in working in group, team or organisational dynamics
• looking for a better balance between a rational and emotional way of functioning
• who wants to get prepared for new managerial or professional positions
• looking for innovative ways to understand the dynamics of willingness and resistance to change, and to find ways to work with them

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