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Church in Wales Telos Group “Spiritual Architecture” Christopher Ward Wales Management Council 19 September 2008. TELOS GROUP 2008 - 2009. How do we create more “spiritual” organisations? How do I make my own organisation a more “spiritual” place to work? Spirituality in organisations.

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Church in Wales

Telos Group

“Spiritual Architecture”

Christopher Ward

Wales Management Council

19 September 2008


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TELOS GROUP 2008 - 2009

How do we create more “spiritual”

organisations?

How do I make my own organisation

a more “spiritual” place to work?

Spirituality in organisations


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“SPIRITUAL ARCHITECTURE”

An exploration from

buildings

to

words

to

organisations

to

“the good workplace of the future”


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Salisbury Cathedral


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The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem


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The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris


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Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Barcelona


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Jubilee Church, Dio Padre Misericordioso, Rome


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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto


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Sydney Opera House


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Taj Mahal, Agra


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BUILDING WORDS

Symbols

Expression

Message

Structure

Iconic

Techniques

Materials

Design

External

Internal

Classical

Style

Modern

Light

Space

Function

Form

Purpose


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FORM AND FUNCTION

“Form follows function – that has been

misunderstood. Form and function

should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”

Frank Lloyd Wright


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SPIRITUAL ARCHITECTURE

The “structure” that creates, inspires,

and gives space for a more spiritual

approach to work and life.


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SPIRITUAL ARCHITECT

“A more spiritual

approach to work and life”

What does that look like?

What does it feel like?

If you are the architect,

what do you put in your plans?


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Spiritual

Organisation ?

Organisation

Structure

Rituals

and

Routines

Power

and

Control

Leadership

Role

Models

Stories

and

Myths

Symbols

SPIRITUAL ARCHITECTURE


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Organisation

Structure

What words would you use to describe

your organisation’s structure: pyramid,

maze, labyrinth, tower, ……?

What does this say about the culture of

your organisation?

What would you change to make it more

“spiritual”?


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Power

and

Control

Where does the power lie in your

organisation?

What words would you use to describe

the atmosphere this power creates?

How is power exerted, and how does it

make you feel?

What would you change to make it more

“spiritual”?


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Rituals

and

Routines

We understand religious ritual, but does

this in itself convey spirituality?

In your work environment what are the

rituals or routines, formal or informal,

including “routine behaviour” towards

each other, that create its culture?

What would you change to make these

more “spiritual”?


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Leadership

Role

Models

Who are the leadership role models, at

any level, in your organisation?

Do these role models encourage or

discourage concern about deeper,

more spiritual issues?

What would you change to make these

more “spiritual”?


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Stories

and

Myths

What are the stories, folklore, gossip,

internal and external perceptions, and

myths in your organisation?

Do these stories make you feel good

about your work place, or the opposite?

What stories do you want to hear, that

would suggest it is more “spiritual”?


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Symbols

What are the outward and visible signs

that reflect what is going on in the heart

of your organisation?

Logos, desks, chairs, cars, titles, dress,

language, lavatories, car park…

What do these tell you, and what would

you change?


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THE SPIRITUAL ORGANISATION

Spiritual

Organisation

When you put all these “building blocks”

together, do they add up to what you

would call a “spiritual organisation”?

If not, what needs to change first?

And how will youmake that happen to

create the good workplace of the future?


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THE SPACE WITHIN

“The space within becomes

the reality of the building”

Frank Lloyd Wright


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MAKING IT HAPPEN

“The thing always happens that you

really believe in; and the belief in a

thing makes it happen.”

Frank Lloyd Wright


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Who is in charge?


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What does it feel like to work here?


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Solitude or loneliness?


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Ridiculous demands?


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Meaningful work?


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Collaboration or confrontation?


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Team work or just another meeting?


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Are they laughing at work or after work?


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Organisation

Structure

Rituals

and

Routines

Power

and

Control

Leadership

Role

Models

Stories

and

Myths

Symbols

SPIRITUAL ARCHITECTURE

In groups, take one or two building blocks

and discuss what they mean in your

organisation, and what you would change.


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P O Box 61

25 Cathedral Road,

Cardiff

CF11 1AA

Tel: 029 2022 4114

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.walesmanagementcouncil.org.uk


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