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About the book Stuck

As a supervisor, collaborator or organizational coach, you sometimes find yourself in organizations where you intuitively feel that something is off. Proven methods to renew the company don’t have any effect. In that case we'd might speak of system trauma.

We often link trauma to a person who has encountered an overwhelming event. But trauma can also manifest in the relational tissue of groups. This, for example, happens when an organization is confronted with painful redundancies, terrorism attacks, a natural disaster and all other kinds of overwhelming events. The effect of these can be so destructive that it can immobilize the organization like insidious poison.

'Stuck? Dealing with organizational trauma' will offer you a wide view on this, until now, emerging field. The hands-on book will give you guidance and insights to track these trauma’s and heal them so the organization can revive.

Stuck the Book


Author of The Art of Holding Space: A Practice of Love, Liberation, and Leadership

Co-founder of The Centre for Holding Space

This book should be in the toolkit of everyone who leads, supports, influences, and/or holds space for an organization. I wish that I’d had it back in the days when I worked in leadership in government and non-profit. I know that it would have helped me identify and work to heal trauma that I had little awareness of at the time. Recently, I co-founded a new organization, and I know that what I learned in this book will change the way I work with my people.


I especially appreciated the way that Philippe organizes his thoughts and provides helpful illustrations for even the most complex concepts. As a visual thinker, I found the way he explains trauma in an organization by mapping it on the Trauma Cube to be very useful in understanding the complexity and layers involved. I also really appreciated a simple illustration showing the rings of a tree which helps explain how trauma is not linear but that it stays with us, just as the inner rings of the tree continue to stay with the tree even in later years of life.


If you care about an organization and you sense that there may be some trauma that’s keeping your organization stuck, I’m confident that you’ll find something in this book that will help you. 

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