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Developing a supportive institution – A systems-psychodynamic approach to supporting the psychological wellbeing of staff and students in higher education

By Charlotte Williams – Organisational Consultant, Tavistock Consulting Historically in the Higher Education Sector, the approach to staff and student wellbeing tended to focus on helping those whose wellbeing had deteriorated to recover. In recent years as wellbeing deteriorated in universities and the demand for counselling and support services rose […]

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TC in ten: marking 25 years of thought leadership at Tavistock Consulting

By Robyn Vesey and Judith Bell As part of the celebrations marking Tavistock Consulting first 25 years, we have been collecting together papers that capture key ideas, turning points or new developments from authors who have worked at Tavistock Consulting at different times over the course of its history. Our […]

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How do you turn a group into a high-performing team?

By Megan Meredith Do you recognise any of these in your team? A group of talented individuals just can’t seem to perform as a team? Even if incentivised to collaborate, people still seem to do their own thing? One or two people are singled out as the especially difficult or […]

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Turning a blind eye – organisational abuse

By Bev Thomas Amidst the abhorrence of high profile celebrity convictions for sexual abuse, institutional scandals and most recently, the revelations about widespread abuse in Rotherham, attention has quite rightly turned to those individuals and institutions that may have harboured knowledge about the behaviour of these perpetrators, and done nothing […]

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Organisational culture in the NHS

By Judith Bell Why is it important and how can an unhelpful culture be identified? Organisational culture is ‘how we do things round here’.  It represents the collective values and beliefs of the people who work in the organisation and is influenced by its history, its primary task, key individuals, […]

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Staff and teams in conflict – Identifying the root cause

By Bev Thomas Tavistock Consulting has a long history of working with staff in conflict, but in the last five years we have seen increasing referrals for more senior clinical staff and, in particular, for consultants whose working relationships have broken down. Our approach to understanding conflict between staff is […]

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Digital Innovation – Why it doesn’t always work out

By Dr Kay Trainor Organisations and those who lead them have extraordinarily powerful tools at their disposal for achieving change. Vast amounts of information, significant resources, sophisticated techniques, and renowned experts to name a few.  Yet, no matter how rational or sensible or digitally advanced the plans produced from these […]

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Our approach to: Systems-psychodynamic thinking

The theory: At Tavistock Consulting we apply a ‘systems-psychodynamic’ theory of change to our work with organisations. This label refers to the application and integration of three overlapping frameworks of thinking and research, which together offer a heuristic approach to understanding organisations and the behaviour of those who work within […]

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