Gestalt as applied in organisations has been developed from a philosophy and an approach to therapy created some 50 years ago by Fritz and Laura Perls. Its application today in organisations is particularly effective as people working in organisations struggle to cope with uncertainty, ambiguity and increasing complexity.
Let us try to answer the question: why might an organisation be interested in a Gestalt approach? We believe that organisations can be described as: 'Groups of people in relationship bounded by a common purpose'.
We do in fact believe, and our experience confirms this, that high levels of personal, team and organisational performance depend upon the quality of relationships that exist within the organisation, and the conversations that take place between them. This being the case then Gestalt, which focuses on human relationships and the quality of contact that exists between people, is an entirely appropriate approach.
If we add to this the Gestalt emphasis on awareness and attention to what is happening in each unfolding moment in the context and conditions which exist right now, then we can see that Gestalt is eminently applicable to guiding how people lead and manage.