In Olympus Inc., Bernie Neville and Tim Dalmau use the ancient Greek Gods to explores the values, practices and beliefs that underpin businesses, schools, corporations and the like, and through this they illuminate the complex forces and currents that are at work in modern organizations.
They demonstrate that autocratic Zeus, uber-efficient Apollo, the slippery trickster Hermes in fact, all the gods of the Greek pantheon - are alive and thriving in our workplaces, clubs and institutions.
By combining ancient myth with archetypal psychology, Neville and Dalmau deliver an approach to the complex issues of organizational change. Their approach is creative and engaging, but also down-to-earth and practical.
Olympus Inc. includes a discussion of the DNAI (Dalmau-Neville Archetypology Indicator), a powerful and easily applicable tool that distills the theory, or archetypal psychology, in ways that enable organizations to see themselves not only as they are... but as they want to be.
‘Just occasionally, a book stuns you with its freshness and wisdom. Olympus Inc. is the best thing on corporate culture I’ve read. Go get it.’
- Guy Claxton, University of Bristol, author of The Wayward Mind
‘Excellent... scholarly... well-researched... [The authors] analyze organizations as self-organizing, living systems filled with deep archetypal patterns... Their creative approach provides richness and colour to our insights about complexities of organizational culture.’ - Richard N. Knowles, author of The Leadership Dance: Pathways to Extraordinary Organizational Effectiveness
'...an impressive case for redefining the role of executive, consultants and change agents in organizational transformation. The book goes from "soup to nuts" in its deep exploration of culture and Greco-Roman mythology, to real hands-on assessment tools and facilitation strategies. A wonderful and valued addition to the practitioner’s tool bag.’ - Steve Zuiback, International Management Consultant, President of Synectics: Creative Management Strategies
‘This book is a treat for cognitive-oriented readers. The bibliography serves as a compendium in the field. I personally await a whole book on just the material in the appendix.’ - Michael Grinder, International Management Consultant, author of Patterns of Permission: The Science of Group Dynamics
'...extraordinary; as remarkable for its wisdom and practicality as for the depth and breadth of its scholarship... Neville and Dalmau throw light into the dark places of organizations – revealing why things are the way they are... Invaluable, "divinely inspired" guidance for those seriously interested in the dynamics of organizations life and change.’ - Peter Waterhouse, Managing Director, Workplace Learning Initiatives
‘Bernie Neville and Tim Dalmau are the right people to introduce you to archetypes. In addition they have the experience to explain the application of the archetypes for organizational diagnosis and interventions. As a bonus you also learn about their DNAI, the Dalmau-Neville Archetypology Indicator, and how it might be used.’
- Bob Dick, Southern Cross University, author of Jung for Sceptics
About the authors:
Bernie Neville is Associate Professor of Education at La Trobe University. He has taught, researched, written and consulted widely on educational practice, communication and organizational change for over 30 years. Neville's Educating Psyche a companion volume to Olympus Inc., has received extensive praise from educators and critics.
Tim Dalmau is regarded as one of Australia's foremost management consultants. He has consulted for private and public institutions all over the world for more than 25 years. He is the author or co-author of an extensive range of publications on action research, management and organizational change.