Organizational constellations, also known as systemic constellations in a business context, are an innovative approach to exploring and addressing complex issues within organizations or professional settings. They can be used to gain insights into the hidden dynamics, relationships, and patterns that may be impacting the functioning and success of an organization. This method is derived from the family constellations work developed by Bert Hellinger and has been adapted for use in a professional context.
Organizational constellations can be used to address a wide range of issues, such as:
- Leadership and management challenges
- Team dynamics and conflicts
- Organizational culture and change processes
- Decision-making and strategic planning
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Communication and collaboration issues
- Employee motivation and satisfaction
- Identifying and addressing systemic obstacles to success
In an organizational constellation session, a facilitator guides participants through the process of setting up a constellation representing key elements of the organization or issue at hand, such as employees, departments, or other relevant factors. Participants, acting as representatives for these elements, are arranged in a physical space according to the intuition of the client or initiator. The facilitator may then ask representatives to share their feelings or sensations in their roles, revealing unconscious patterns or dynamics that may be affecting the organization.
The insights gained from an organizational constellation can help in identifying underlying issues, fostering greater understanding of the system, and developing strategies for change and improvement. While this approach has been valuable for many organizations, it is important to note that the method is still considered unconventional and lacks a robust evidence base to support its effectiveness.