Translating Systems Approach to Family Therapy to Organizations LO24193

From: Winfried Deijmann (
Date: 03/17/00

Replying to LO24166
replying to: "Winfried Dressler" <>

>>A child walked on the beach. Suddenly it stopped and picked up a small
>>object, observed it attentive and .. shouted excited: "Daddy, look, I found
>>a treasure!"
>>The father looked at it too and said kindly: "Oh, it is just a piece of
>>colored glass." from that moment the child only saw a piece of colored
>>glass, the magic was broken. Nevertheless, a moment ago... it was there... a
>>Who can perform magic? The child that turns a piece of colored glass into a
>>treasure, or the father who changes a treasure into glass? White or black
> Dear Winfried,
> Are you giving a picture of romantic hope? Back to the lost paradise?


> It is the non-spontanous nature of the second becoming, which makes it
> possibly an immergence. It may have hurt the joy of finding a treasure. A
> father more sensitive to learning might have helped the child to create a
> rich picture of the obviously emerged concept of a treasure, making it a
> continuous finder of more and more valuable treasures - an authentic
> learner.

Lieber Winfried,

What I had in mind while typing the story, was a type of organization
where managers are not sensitive for the enthusiasm of their employees.
Enthusiasm comes forth out of an idea trying to become an Ideal. Having an
ideaflash is similar with the joy of finding a treasure. I indeed was
pointing at romantic hope, this powerful butterflies-in-stomach
experience, we all have once in a while. But not necessarily connected to
'back to a lost paradise'. (BTW: Was there something wrong with the

What I meant to say is that idea's too often are killed while still in a
childlike state, although they might be of high importance for a more
paradise-like future. A child still lives in a fantasyworld or dreamworld.
Most adults don't anymore, which IMHO is one of the reasons why the
Purgatories of the Past are so often repeated. A lot of managers (and
consultants) today are obsessed by measurable outcomes - yes, that's black
magic. Magic, because it is not their intention- if you talk to them
privately; black because there seems to be forces at work they have no
control over, but that nevertheless cause these results.

How to perform White magic?
In a contribution to this list some years ago I already described why it is
important,as adults, to re-invent daydreaming. It is in these moments of
daydreaming where the future can express itself in ideaflashes and potential

I also described three possible futures:
A projected future, in which we project the Past, in an attempt to preserve
A programmed future, in which we program all actions in order to achieve
objectives we have formed in the Present.
A dreamed future in which anything is possible.

A meaningful and fruitful future should be a 'mixture' of these three types
of futures, but:
We are excellent in projecting the past into the future
we are fabulous in programming the future
but little capable of dreaming about the future.

There is still a lot we can learn from children.

Mr. Winfried M. Deijmann - Zutphen - The Netherlands
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and Action Learning Events
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