Notes for Psychological Containment: A Critical Leadership Success Factor
Psychological Containment: A Critical Leadership Success Factor
Marc Maltz and Steve Freeman
Author Contact information:
- Steven F. Freeman * http://sffreeman.com * Skype/ Linked-In/ Google/ Facebook/ Twitter: sffreeman * email: email@example.com
 See especially:
- Bion, W.R. (1962). Learning from Experience, London: William Heinemann. [Reprinted London: Karnac Books,].
- Bion, W.R. (1963). Elements of Psycho-Analysis, London: William Heinemann. [Reprinted London: Karnac].
Both reprinted in Bion, W.R. (1977). Seven Servants. New York: Jason Aronson Inc.
 Edvard Munch, 1893, German title: Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature), Norwegian title: Skrik (Shriek). Per Wikipedia: “The agonised face in the painting has become one of the most iconic images of art, seen as symbolising the anxiety of the human condition.”
 It can be difficult at times to tease out TFBs that are a function of the work itself vs those created by organizational dysfunction, for example ethical concerns about being asked to do things distinctly not in the clients’ or public interest; or dissonance from working for an overly zealous mission or leader.
 The past half-century has seen declines in job security, unins, guilds and professional organizations, increased global competition, off-shoring, the need for two family incomes, longer commutes, the need for ever-increasing continuing education and retraining, and the growing threat of en masse replacement by artificial intelligence.
 What’s lost in the absence of Face-To-Face (f-t-f) meetings?
- Trust: “Handshaking promotes cooperative dealmaking.” (Schroeder, et al 2014).
- Communication: You Pick Up Hidden, Silent messages. (Mehrabian 1971)
- Energy: F-t-f meetings provide emotional contagion: e.g., helps others get excited about what you’re excited about. (Rizzolatti and Craighero, 2004)
- Attention: (Duffy and McEuen,2010).
- Good will: After f-t-f meetings you like the people you’re working with more. A consequence of distributed work: …the lonely office (Rockmann and Pratt, 2015)
 Sessa, Valerie I., R. B. Kaiser, Jodi K. Taylor, and Richard J. Campbell. “Executive selection.” Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership 8 (1998).
 See Schein, Edgar H. Process consultation revisited: Building the helping relationship. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1999.
- 1999. Psychological Safety and Learning Behaviour in Work Teams. Administrative Science Quarterly, 44 (2): 350–383
- 2002. Managing the risk of learning: psychological safety in work teams. In M. West (ed.). International Handbook of Organizational Teamwork. London: Blackwell
- 2003. Why hospitals don’t learn from failures: organisational and psychological dynamics that inhibit system change. California Review of Management, 45 (2): 55–72 (with A.L. Tucker)
- 2004. Psychological Safety, Trust and Learning in Organizations: A Group-level Lens. In R. M. Kramer & K. S. Cook (eds.). Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Dilemmas and Approaches. Russell Sage
The seminal work on emotional intelligence is Daniel Goleman’s 2006 book with that title, Emotional intelligence (Bantam)
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