International Guest Lecture on Dynamic Presencing for MBA Leadership Students
The 2020 MBA Leadership students were treated to another profound guest lecture when Professor Olen Gunnlaugson from the University of Laval in Montreal, Canada, presented on the Contributions of Dynamic Presencing to Theory U.
Gunnlaugson is an Associate Professor in Leadership and Organisational Development, where he journeys into the human dimensions of business with his students through MBA courses in leadership, management skills and group communications. He has an eclectic research background in leadership growth, development and consciousness-based approaches to transformation, as well as contemplative and generative practices of communication.
Gunnlaugson is one of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L)’s international associates, and as a research editor has guided both Drs Kriyanka Moodley and Thea van der Westhuizen (GSB&L Leadership doctorates), to publish from their theses on Theory U. Moodley’s chapter has been published in the first volume of Advances in Presencing (2019) and van der Westhuizen’s chapter will be published in the third volume in 2021.
The two-hour presentation offered a deepening perspective on Theory U (one of the components of the Leadership module), as Gunnlaugson has just published a new book Dynamic Presencing.
‘The move to online teaching and the advent of Zoom technology meant that we could engage an international presenter for the MBA class with the greatest of ease’, said Professor Cecile Proches, coordinator of the MBA Leadership module and one of the lecturers, together with Professor Kriben Pillay and Moodley.
‘The wealth of critical resources on Theory U that Professor Gunnlaugson’s scholarly research has provided to the academic community world-wide, and with which our students engage, also meant that our students, through the guest lecture, were engaging with a highly respected academic-practitioner in the field of leadership presencing,’ added Pillay.
After the presentation, many students gave positive feedback, with one stating that it was very valuable to learn about the different dimensions of presencing and how it illuminates one’s life’s journey.
‘It was a pleasure to offer the Zoom lecture on Dynamic Presencing to your students. I sensed an openness to post-conventional and more developed forms of presencing, something this work develops and catalyses. For those who wish to explore more on Dynamic Presencing, don't hesitate to be in touch with me directly on LinkedIn,’ wrote Gunnlaugson after the presentation.
Words: Kriben Pillay