Systemic Leadership and Communication Practice – Workshop March 11-12, 2016

Systemic Leadership and Communication Practice March 2016



Systemic Leadership and Communication Practice

The pragmatics of systemic communication and leadership theory

March 11-12, 2016, 9:30-16:30
Chambers Suites, Parkstead House, Roehampton, London, SW15 4JD

A workshop for managers, leaders and consultants who are interested to apply post modern thinking in relation to their leadership, consultancy and organisational development work.

Most managers would agree that the complexity of their leadership challenge exceeds the simplicity of contemporary leadership theories, which offer little instructive significance to decision making. Inspired by post modern theory we take the view that leaders’ decision making can be informed by their positioning within a system, which is shaped by the leader herself and by processes of communication and coordination in the organisation.

Drawing on post modern communication theory, systemic practice and case vignettes, Christine Oliver and Martin Miksits offer concepts that embrace the complexity experienced in real leadership challenges, that make it possible for leaders to make sense of and orientate to the uniqueness of their situation, and invite ways of expanding choices for leaders to act in relation to challenges.

In this two day workshop participants will

  • appreciate communication as the ‘stuff’ that creates leadership, coordination and performance in organisations
  • understand post modern communication theory as foundational to systemic leadership approaches and the possibilities it adds over conventional communication and leadership theories
  • reflect and learn from their own practice and experience of leadership practice, for instance in relation to strategy, performance management, organisational learning and change, applying postmodern and systemic concepts
  • develop specific reflections and actions for their leadership situations in relation to relevant practice contexts

To facilitate dialogue and learning the number of participants is limited to 16.

Theoretical foundations

  • Systemic and social constructionist theory of communication (CMM)
  • Dialogic organisational development approaches
  • Critical management theory
  • Research into systemic reflexivity and organisational emergence



  • Developments in communication theory – the bridge from modern to post-modern
  • Leadership as a practice of shaping contexts and morality in communication
  • Discussion of cases and implications for leadership practice


  • Systemic approaches to real leadership situations
  • Applying systemic perspectives to the wider organisation
  • Participant related case work and reflections


Dr. Christine Oliver and Dr. Martin Miksits

Time and Venue

Chambers Suites, Parkstead House, Roehampton, London, SW15 4JD,
March 11&12, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Parkstead House

Parkstead House

Chambers Suites

Chambers Suites

Parkstead House is situated in Whitelands College of the University of Roehampton, just a five minute bus ride from Barnes mainline station and minutes from the A3. There are also regular bus services from Putney, Wimbledon and Hammersmith which all have underground stations direct to central London. This location is within easy reach of Heathrow airport and has a number of car parking spaces available on site. Directions are provided further down this post.

Location Map – Whitelands College, Parkstead House

Location Map



The nearest station is Barnes, from which it is about 25 minutes walk to Whitelands Campus, or take buses 72 or 265, which stop outside all campuses. Trains to Barnes run from Clapham Junction, London Waterloo, Staines and Windsor.


District/ Piccadilly/ Hammersmith & City lines to Hammersmith. From the tube station, go to bus stop K in the Lower Bus Station next to the shopping centre (see the map of Hammersmith Bus Station on the TfL website) and take bus 72 to all campuses.

District line to Putney Bridge. From outside the tube station, take bus 265 to all campuses.


Buses that stop nearby: 72, 265, 493, 170, 493. Travelling up Roehampton Lane, alight at the stop just before the junction with Danebury Avenue. Turn right down Danebury Avenue and then take the immediate left onto Holybourne Avenue. Whitelands is a minute’s walk on the right-hand side. If you are travelling from the direction of the A3 alight at the stop just after the junction with Danebury Avenue.

Cost and Registration

The cost for the two day workshop is £500, for applications and payments received prior to January 31 a reduced early bird fee of £350 applies. This also includes coffee, tea, pastries and a gourmet sandwich lunch served with crisps and fresh fruit.

We are happy to advise on nearby accomodation for participants who are interested.

To register please complete the application form and send it to or fax it to +43 1 2020632-99.


Dr Martin Miksits Dr Christine Oliver


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