The spirit of the group
creates organisational culture
Call it the group mind,
the collective consciousness or
A quick look at lexion
Harmony – Alignment – Integrity
in groups requires an
Active – Open – Conscious
relationship with the
spirit of the organisation
Getting to know the spirit of your group can occur in four phases;
1. Mapping using trained practitioners – to reveal the non-physical structure, pathways and psychological flavors of the group spirit.
2. In depth interviews where staff perceptions reveal the experience of the lexion.
3. Experiential workshops where participants play out the nature of the group spirit.
4. Sharing results including the theoretical framework and a language enabling critique and discussion over time.
Every time people gather, for a concert, in a disaster site, in a business or for a community activity there is a subtle energy associated with the group that influences and shapes behavior, attitudes and actions.
Described as the lexion, it is more subtle than culture, it is the presence you feel when you interact with the group. It could be calm, joyful, agitated, expectant or dysfunctional.
When group members are unaware of the phenomenon, it operates in the background according to the laws and agendas of intelligible realms, where attention (as apposed to wisdom) is the focusing force.
“Whoever be the individuals that compose it, however like or unlike [they may be] The fact that they have been transformed into a crowd puts them in possession of a sort of collective mind which makes them feel, think, and act in a manner quite different from that in which each individual of them would feel, think, and act, were he in a state of isolation.The psychological crowd is a provisional being formed of heterogeneous elements, which for a moment are combined, exactly as the cells which constitute a living body, a new being which displays characteristics very different from those possessed by each of the cells singly” (Park & Burgess, 1924, p. 303).
You see the effects when you begin to see a herd mentality, when people are suggesting that there is only one solution. This is an indication that the system is closed, self referential and has become blind. It is no longer held by the integrity and wisdom of the human heart. Organizational dysfunction, inefficiencies and excessive bureaucracy occur when there is no active conscious relationship with the spirit of the organization.
This work brings
A theoretical framework
to work with the spirit of groups
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Finding integrity in organisations
By working with the lexion employees have a language and a structure to openly discuss the impact of actions on the spirit of the group.
There is a feeling of awakening and enlivening within the organization and there is a technology to support higher mode decision making.
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Methodology – Academic article
Lexion – Academic article