Creative coaching in the organizational space of appearance

Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Pauline Fatien Diochon

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    In our unsettled times, coaching has emerged as a new practices sustaining meaning making in organizations. By means of a coach, organizational members process information in a timely manner and elaborate routes and choices within the wider context (Du Toit, 2007). However, this meaning-making device has been increasingly portrayed as a potentially new practice of discipline, a technology of the self (Foucault, 1988) sustaining reflexivity for increased performance (Nielsen and Nørreklit, 2009; Reissner and Du Toit, 2011). Embracing these criticisms, this paper constructs a framework for coaching based on Arendt’s notion of storytelling combined with Butler’s (2012) and Barad’s (2007) performative theories of action. What is achieved is a framework that we label creative coaching, which is conditioned on what Arendt refers to as a space of appearance. This space is the space where people can appear freely before one another with their voices, intentions, motivations, passions, souls and bodies (Arendt, 1998: 199). Such appearances happen through storytelling and in other kinds of artful performances (Arendt, 1998). The purpose is to design the coaching space as part of the “mise en scene” on which people can perform their freedom. Freedom is not considered to be located in the realm of reflexivity but in the realm of action and performance (Arendt, 1961; 2006).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOrganizing for Resilience : Scholarship in unsettled times
    Number of pages15
    Publication dateMar 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
    EventLAEMOS Conference - Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Duration: 21 Mar 201824 Mar 2018


    ConferenceLAEMOS Conference
    CityBuenos Aires

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