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Insight and Imagination free pdf Insight and Imagination explores the primacy of the self in organizational research, consulting, and management / leadership. Contesting the radical dichotomy between 'objective' and 'subjective' understanding, and the devaluation of the latter, Professor Howard F. Stein argues that the imagination of the observer, informed by his or her unconscious, can lead to a greater understanding of the psychological reality of the workplace and in turn to better informed problem solving. Insight emerges from the disciplined use of the imagination rather than its repudiation. The book brings countertransference to center stage as a tool for understanding the emotional experience of organizational life and for formulating interventions. One often neglected use of the imagination is the capacity to not have to know beforehand what one needs to learn_what poet John Keats called 'negative capability.' Insight and Imagination proposes the use of the humanities as a means of expanding and deepening one's access to the inner life of organizations. The author draws from the art created by others and from his own poetry written and often used during an organizational consultation. Among the specific contexts discussed in this book are the experience of organizational downsizing- helping organizations to grieve after change and loss- recognizing 'red herrings' in organizational decision making- the language of organizational change- recognizing hidden agendas in meetings- and reflective practice in organizational life.

About Howard F. Stein

Howard F. Stein, Ph.D., a psychoanalytic anthropologist, organizational consultant, and poet, is Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he has taught for thirty years. He is a long-time member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations and the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology. Professor Stein is author of twenty-five books, the most recent of which is Beneath the Crust of Culture (2005). In late 2006, he was nominated for Oklahoma Poet Laureate.

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Author : Howard F. Stein
Publisher : University Press of America
Data Published : 28 May 2007
ISBN : 0761837442
EAN : 9780761837442
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 229 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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