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Revolutionizing Leadership: ISPSO Conference Merges Psychoanalysis, African Wisdom, and Organizational Health

  • The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) is hosting its 39th annual conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference aims to explore the intersection of psychoanalytic thinking, African wisdom, and organizational health, providing insights to promote healthier, more humane, and better-performing organizations.
  • The theme of the conference, "Tsoseletso: Resurfacing Soul, Circularity and Spirituality in Organisations," emphasizes the need for organizations to create a culture that allows individuals to bring their entire personalities, creativity, and innovation into the fold. This is particularly relevant in today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, especially in the technology and financial sectors.
  • The conference is designed for both incoming and experienced leaders and will feature professional development workshops, paper presentations, keynote speeches, and other activities. It also marks the 40th year of the society's existence and aims to foster intense discussions, encouraging scholarship and research in this field of study.
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Johannesburg – The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) is gearing up to host its 39th annual meeting and conference from June 26 to July 2. The event, which will take place at the 26 Degrees South Hotel in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, promises to be a melting pot of ideas, bringing together traditional and postmodern psychoanalytic theory, African wisdom, and the latest trends in organizational health.

A New Approach to Leadership and Organizational Health

ISPSO, an internationally recognized society, serves as a platform for high-quality psychoanalytic work and study with organizations. It aims to explore how psychoanalytic thinking can further our understanding of organizations and the wider social influences that impact them. The insights gained are used to promote and support the development of healthier, more humane, and better-performing organizations.

The conference comes at a time when the world of work and business has experienced significant changes, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As leaders, it is essential to rethink what leadership means and what we might need to do differently in this new world,” says Prof Dr Claudia Nagel, ISPSO president.

Tsoseletso: Resurfacing Soul, Circularity and Spirituality in Organisations

The theme of the conference, “Tsoseletso: Resurfacing Soul, Circularity and Spirituality in Organisations,” is particularly relevant in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world. It aims to explore the interplay of traditional and postmodern psychoanalytic theory and African wisdom to resurface, reimagine, and reawaken soul and spirituality in organizations.

“Organisations can thrive when the organisational culture is conducive enough to allow individuals to bring their entire personalities, creativity, and innovation into the fold,” adds Nagel. This perspective is especially pertinent for companies in the technology and financial sectors, where rapid innovation and adaptability are key to success.

A Learning Opportunity for Leaders

The conference is designed for both incoming and experienced leaders who want to learn more about the inner life of organizations. Over the 7-day conference, delegates will be immersed in a range of professional development workshops, paper presentations, keynote speeches from renowned African speakers, social dreaming, and other activities.

The event is not only a celebration of the 40th year of the society’s existence but also a platform for intense discussions on the topic. It encourages scholarship and research in this field of study, providing valuable insights for leaders in various sectors, including technology, finance, and retail.

Registration Open for ISPSO Members and Non-Members

Registration for the conference is still open for both ISPSO members and non-members. For those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the psychoanalytic approach to organizational health and leadership, this event promises to be an enlightening experience.

As the world continues to grapple with the changes brought about by the pandemic, events like the ISPSO conference offer a unique opportunity to rethink and reshape the future of leadership and organizational health.

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