Gestalt Theory and Self-Regulation

January 19, 2018

A few months ago, I discussed the basis of Gestalt theory and its practical applications in the workplace. A fundamental principle that underlies Gestalt is the holistic nature of humans, every part having an influence on and being influenced by another part. This means that each person needs to read more

Changing Times
Gestalt Techniques
Gestalt change management

Gestalt change management

October 17, 2017

If you are involved in any kind of change management within your organisation, gestalt change management may be an approach you have stumbled across at one time or another. Gestalt theory suggests that as humans, we are constantly trying to create order and restore balance when something seems off-kilter. At read more


Are leadership and management really apples and oranges? – Part Two

September 28, 2016

Last time, I concluded with a couple of questions posed by leadership expert John O’Leary: “Are leadership and management fundamentally different roles in practice? Or do they simply require us to focus on different things?” O’Leary, drawing on 34 years of experience in multinational organisations, has begun to question whether there really read more

Leadership and Management

Are leadership and management really apples and oranges? – Part One

September 26, 2016

There are clear distinctions between Leadership and Management, aren’t there? We often hear statements like “managers do things right, but leaders do the right thing.” As a Gestalt practitioner, I’m interested in complicating the distinctions between categories like this, especially when they have become deadened by overused assumptions. In Gestalt psychology, read more

Gestalt Visualisations

Decision-making, charts and illusion: Gestalt visualisations, Part Two

August 19, 2016

Writing in the Harvard Business Review recently, chart designer Scott Berinato proffered a vivid example of the profoundly misleading influence that clever chart visuals can exert. In emails, engineers from the leading Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata allegedly changed the colours or lines in a graphic to “divert attention” from the read more


Decision-making, charts and illusion: Gestalt visualisations, Part One

August 14, 2016

We live in an era of digitally produced charts laden with eye-catching, attention-drawing visualisations. Charts seem to speak louder and more persuasively than words, and there is little doubt that visual representations seem to appeal to a human desire for tidy simplicity in a sea of chaotic complexity. Charts can undoubtedly read more

Building Trust in Teams

Team building and sustaining trust in times of change

May 24, 2016

There is widespread agreement that the art of building effective teams involves being clear about collective and individual objectives. What happens to sustaining and building effective teams in times of anxiety-inducing change when mergers, new roles, new processes and redundancies are in the air? According to Roffey Park leadership read more