Archive for September, 2020

Gods in organization cultures

In conjunction with Bernie Neville intriguing piece entitled Gods in a Time of Corona we gather together here the previous pieces we have published over the last few years.

They describe how each Greco-Roman god-image is made manifest in an organization’s culture and operations. In fact they describe different ways in which the collective unconscious forces at work in organizations become visible.

For more complete descriptions check out Olympus Inc. – Intervening for Cultural Change in Organizations by Bernie Neville and Tim Dalmau. 

Aphrodite : An organization which focuses on beauty and pleasure in which having fun is valued.

Apollo : A rationally structured organization which seeks clarity, understanding and meaning in all its activities.

Ares : An organization in which people (expressed through activity.

Artemis: An organization which focuses on achieving harmony with nature, and an environment in which affirmation and protection of feminine values is valued.

Athena : An organization characterized by cooperation, the sharing of power and the manifestation of balanced and practical wisdom.

Demeter : An organization which looks after and nourishes its members.

Dionysos : An organization which values growth, emotional excitement, spiritual experience and rewards creativity and spontaneity.

Eros : An organization which focuses on intimacy and community, in which people can express their need to love and be loved.

Hades : An organization characterized by extreme indifference and apathy.

Hephaistos : An organization devoted to the values of work, skill and crafting.

Hera : An organization in which the members give organizational loyalty precedence over their individual needs.

Herakles : An organization which sees itself involved in a heroic struggle.

Hermes : An organization focused on communication, process, transition, and which abhors all regulation.

Hestia : An organization characterized by quiet, focused, centered and receptive activity.

Prometheus : An organization with a mission to save humanity though the application of technology.

Zeus : An organization based on centralized power.

Tim Dalmau

October 2020


Gods in a time of Corona

Bernie Neville

We continue today, thousands of years on, to use Greco-Roman gods as metaphors for different perspectives on life, different patterns of behavior, different constellations of beliefs values, needs, instincts and habits.

When Jung developed his archetypal theory, he continued in this tradition, finding the the gods in personal and collective behavior.

James Hillman related these and other archetypes to great myths across many cultures, but it is those of us whose roots lie in European history that tend to go back time and again to the Greco-Roman gods for our metaphors and images.

Contemporary archetypal psychologists continue to use the same language and share this same perspective and we have (over the last few years) covered off on sixteen of the gods as they become evident in organizational cultures.

Our colleague and friend Bernie Neville has written an intriguing essay on how the current positions, strategies, hopes, fears and explanations we see and hear about Covid-19 are, yet again, the god images give a distinct and observable shape to our understanding of the virus, its impacts and our response to them.

Read and enjoy Bernie’s expose of The Gods in a Time of Corona and how they continue to explain our understandings.

If this field of understanding interests you then you can explore more in our book Olympus Inc. – Intervening for Cultural Change.

Tim Dalmau
October 2020


The vexed question of performance appraisals

Jill has written a short paper to help leaders and managers clarify their thinking when it comes to performance appraisal.