Having just watched these very dynamics play out recently in an organisation of which I am a member, this post made for extremely interesting reading. The description of the Basic Assumptions of groups was spot on when it came to describing the behaviour that was exhibited by members of this group, particularly in terms of the focus on one individual.
You know, I read the article “Son or Lover? Boss or Father? Mother or Child?” by David Delp about the childish shadow roles we play as adults in life and at work (read the rest of it here: http://pilotfire.com/son-or-lover-boss-or-father-mother-or-child/) and I started thinking about the recent announcement the state president of the country and the subsequent national conversation.
And it better articulated for me what I always saw as Bionian Dependency that is sweeping many of us in the country. We are so pre-occupied with the president and his team, what they do, what they do not do, so much that we do not realise that we have taken our eye off the ball. When he sneezes we move. Granted, our president encourages us, because he also caught in this dynamic that we all seduce each other into.
We have taken our mind off the role WE need to play…
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