What is Gestalt?
How can it help us understand Group Dynamics? Watch our video.
What is Power?
Power is the individual or a group of human beings ability to obtain their target or promote their interest. Power is everywhere in human relations (Giddens A.)
What makes it good: it does not only weigh on us as force to make us say no. It traverses and produces things, it indices pleasure, forms knowledge, produces discourse (Focault).
What are Power Dynamics?
In any situation involving two or more people there will be some kind of hierarchical structure (formal or informal) in which some people will have more influence/control/power than others, with maximum power at the “top” and minimum power at the “base”.
Power dynamics look at how these hierarchies form and are maintained over time.
Power can be a productive network that runs through the whole social body (Focault).
At work: what are the formal and informal Power Dynamics at play? How do they affect your self-confidence, your career, your level of stress, the quality of your relations with colleagues, your ability to perform tasks and reach your targets?
At home: what Power Dynamics are at play within your family? How do they affect your well being?
Why is it important to know more about it?
Wherever you are, whatever you do, you are subject to Power Dynamics. The more aware you are of them, the more effectively you can deal with them.
In 3 words: What Empowers You?