In this episode Yemi Penn, an engineer turned entrepreneur and documentary producer, talks about the often-overlooked topic of organisational trauma in the corporate world. Discover how trauma isn’t just individual but can permeate entire organisations and learn how embracing “rebellious curiosity” can lead to profound shifts in leadership and organisational culture.

If you’ve ever thought that the words ‘organisation’ and ‘trauma’ don’t go together, this episode will challenge your thinking!!

Today we chat with author, speaker, engineer and entrepreneur Yemi Penn about the types of organisational trauma experienced in workplaces and the lasting impact it can have.

We examine the power of naming the elephant in the room, looking back in time to examine previous HR practices and leaders owning their individual trauma.

Is there a significant event you can pinpoint as a turning point for your organisation? How was it handled? I’d love for you to share the good, bad and ugly over on LinkedIn. 

In this episode we cover:

  • What organisational trauma is
  • Collective trauma through events and incidents
  • Trauma is different for all individuals due to lived experience
  • The link to micro and macro level trauma
  • Self-protection and worries about economic pressures
  • Trauma decontextualised in a person can be seen as personality
  • Trauma decontextualised in a group can be perceived as culture
  • Who are the people who have informed culture in the past
  • Sometimes we need to look backwards
  • Mapping timelines of traumatic events
  • The power of storytelling
  • To solve the problems in the room, you first have to name them
  • Dealing with perpetrators and defining what that is
  • Every leader should clean their trauma
  • Leaders are human, with their own trauma and triggers
  • Healthy organisations are those that have healed
  • The shifting dialogue regarding mental health in workplaces
  • Returning to the roots of HR
  • Equipping HR to understand the impact of the work they do.

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