Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Meditation and self-as-instrument skills among organization change practitioners
by Gomez, Anna, Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2007, 150; 3302338
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this exploratory research was to gain in-depth knowledge about the effects of meditation, the influencers of self-as-instrument (SAI) skills, and the nature of the relationship between SAI skills and meditation among organization change practitioners. Through an interdisciplinary literature review, a SAI skill model was created and 10 experienced organization change practitioners who had regular meditation practices were interviewed concerning their perceptions of the effects of meditation, their perceptions of what influenced their SAI skills and their perceptions of the relationship between meditation and SAI.

Five effects of meditation were found: self-awareness, non-attachment, receptivity, focus, and the practice of inquiry. Influencers of SAI skill development were found to be natural ability, education, continual practice, spirituality (including meditation), and professional influences. Data indicated that meditation contributed to all the SAI skills defined in this study; which included self awareness and self care, being with the client, acting with compassion and sensitivity, focusing on clients' needs, and listening. Three conclusions were drawn from the data. First, meditation cultivates practitioners' way of being which fosters healthy helping relationships critical for empowering others to change. Second, a framework for SAI skill developmental could begin with identification of those individuals who have a natural interest. Lastly, for these subjects, a relationship between meditation practice and SAI skills was evident and suggests that further meditation practice can help develop SAI skills further, particularly in the ability to be with what is.

The creation of a developmental and continuous SAI skill training, which incorporates meditation and continual practice is recommended to ensure that practitioners are effective in their practice. Suggestions for further research include continued refinement of the SAI skill set model, continued study of the effects of meditation, continued study of how meditation impacts SAI and research on how to develop SAI through meditation. This study holds significance for the examination of SAI skills and for the fields of organization change and spirituality.

Indexing (document details)
School: Pepperdine University
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior, Organization theory
Keywords: Meditation, Organization change, Organization development, Practitioner, Self as instrument, Self-as-instrument
Publication Number: 3302338
ISBN: 978-0-549-48288-8
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