"There is no flow at all," "the same endless discussion every time," "I feel tired and drained..." These are only a few of the statements ambitious young professionals, working in a (large) organization, have shared. They thought they would bring innovation and inspiration to their workplace, but instead they became stuck in a swamp of procedures, elusive processes and stubborn habits. How can you, as a young professional, bring innovation in the often cumbersome and complex organizations, and also ensure that you stay true to yourself without burning out? But most importantly: how do you prepare for this?
An effective way to do this is to use the systemic method. This method helps you understand the social and organizational context in which we work, and is already frequently used in leadership development and team building. The current application of the systemic method is based on years of practical experience, but lacks a solid scientific basis. Without this scientific basis, it is difficult to introduce and use this method in education. That is unfortunate, because the development of self-leadership, particularly among students and young professionals, is seen as key element in dealing with and responding to societal challanges. Better self-management also contributes to overall wellbeing and helps prevent health problems, such as burnout.
Salome Scholtens, from the Department of Health Psychology at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at the University of Groningen (UG), is conducting research on this method. She needs € 25,000 for research to gain insight into the effectiveness of the systemic method for self-leadership training. A junior researcher will be appointed to collect the existing scientific knowledge, to conduct studies on how the method works, and to share the insights and results with the community. This will result in an effective, scientifically based method that can be implemented in education. Having more scientific evidence not only improves the quality of the method, it also increases the use of this method in educational institutions and organizations. The beginning is here: in 2017 and 2018, the systemic method was applied for the first time in medical education in Groningen and use in the development of medical leadership.
An important characteristic of this research is that it is conducted according to the Open Science principles. Salome Scholtens wants her research to be as transparent as possible, to share the results with as many people as possible, and to create a connection with the community. Hence, a website has been set up to share to the progress and results of the research (www.seedsandleaves.nl).
Do you want to support this research?
You can make Salome Scholtens’s vision possible. The € 25,000 is needed for hiring a junior researcher and carrying out the research. Donate here or help us by sharing the page on your social media, or with your family, friends, and colleagues.
The UG and UMCG constantly strive to improve education. In addition, they implement innovative methods that have proven valuable in other fields. It is important for the UG and UMCG to contribute to finding a strong scientific foundation for this innovative method. In this research project active collaboration with training organizations, consultant agencies, and (team) coaches in the Northern region, including the Bert Hellinger Institute Netherlands are established. Thus, the results from this research can be directly applied in practice.
I am Salome Scholtens, researcher and trainer at the department of health sciences, at the University Medical Centre Groningen in the Netherlands. Recently, I started a research line in the systemic perspective and systemic method. I have a background is in nutrition, epidemiology and public health research and worked in several postdoc positions. I gradually moved towards (project) management positions and got involved in the set-up of a number of large research infrastructure projects like LifeLines. During that period I was trained in system dynamics in organisations and in systemic coaching. After a few years, I realised I really missed doing scientific research, so I started this research on a topic I am very curious about. You can read about this process and results in my blogs at www.seedsandleaves.nl. Besides this research and training, I work as a programme manager in the area of Open Science and FAIR research data at the Genomic Coordination Centre at the University Medical Centre Groningen.