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Training Programmes

Delayed Webcast Lectures: Conversations with the Faculty 2016-17 (9th Lecture): Managing the "Urge to Fix" - Bowen Theory and Organizational Consulting
Course Objectives
  • To get in touch with the latest thinking of the Bowen theory, and the sharing of experienced Bowen theorists.
  • To enhance understanding and applications of the Bowen theory.


Course Content

In the business world consultants are often paid to provide the answer to a technical and/or a human problem.  The consultant who has the expertise and the experience “tells” the client what to do and the problem is solved.  Consulting to organizations with Bowen theory as the theoretical framework adopts another approach. This Conversation will address the difference between solving a problem for another and helping another think. This webinar will also address the natural, automatic tendency to “help.” Case examples will be presented.

Course Code: WCF09/17
Date & Time: July 22, 2017 (Sat)  4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
6/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong


Lecture: English (no subtitles)
Debriefing and discussion: English / Cantonese


$1,350 Annual Pass (10 sessions) 
$1,200 Annual Pass (ISSFI Circle of Friends)
$200 Individual Session


Annual Pass

The series consists of 10 lectures, each conducted by a different speaker. Click here to view the details.

Online application allows enrollment in individual lecture only. If you wish to purchase annual pass for all lectures, please click here to download the form (PDF format) and send it back to us.



Ms. Wiseman is a business consultant whose work is based on Bowen family systems theory. Her 30-year professional experience includes consulting to family firms, family foundations and family offices, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and multi-site manufacturing facilities. She is working with families of wealth, lawyers and financial professionals as they plan for the next generation’s role in decision-making with regard to family assets.

Along the way, she has gained an appreciation for the challenges leaders encounter in their work and a respect for people’s ability to adapt creatively. Her perspective is one of a “business anthropologist.”
Ms. Wiseman received an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from George Washington University. She was appointed to the faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in 1994.
She is founder and president of Working Systems, Inc. a consulting firm located in Washington, DC, and creator of a production firm that created “Why Work: Stories from the American Workplace.” She is a past president of the Family Firm Institute Research and Education Foundation. Currently, she works in collaboration with the Learning Space.