Re-Sculpting an Organization: A Different Kind of Family

Eileen Strider


The author is not a therapist, but discovered that her work in computer science offered parallel insights into differing styles of business  management. She and her husband Wayne Strider connected their  understandings from both computer science and from Virginia Satir’s Family Reconstruction process and applied it for the relating needs of corporate management directors.

As with family therapy, the author mapped the company’s business history and the impact on the directors of the loss of the company’s founders. This had caused the corporation an interim of financial and personnel chaos at the top management level. The acceptance of the new “leadership” was not unlike that of accepting a new family member. However, the business world rarely opens itself up to this type of internal discussion and thus this was a new beginning, an initial facilitation towards resolution of differences among the corporate leaders.

The article is offered as a first-person narrative. It concludes with the positive experience of the “Guide” to appreciate the actual work done by the “Stars” – the clients of the author’s coaching work.

(This article has been modified from its first printing titled "Reconstructing a Company" in the Satir Journal: Transformational Systemic Therapy, Vol. 1, no. 3, 2007, pp. 100-110, by permission of author)

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