|2016 Pre-Conference Sessions|
Pre-conference sessions provide a unique opportunity to take a deep dive into your areas of interest within the world of Organization Development. Click on the registration link above to sign up for the sessions of your choice! All sessions are held on Friday, October 7th.
Pre-Conference Field Trip: Center for Civil and Human Rights Tour
Join us on Thursday, October 6 for a tour of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The cost is $17.50 per attendee, and registration and payment for this tour is done as part of the overall registration for the conference. Attendees who are registered for this tour will will meet in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta at 2:00 pm and walk the short half-mile to the Center as a group, returning to the hotel by 5:00 pm.
“Search Inside Yourself Leadership Program. Built at Google. Based on Mindfulness and Neuroscience”
9:00 am -4:00 pm (Lunch provided)
Attendees will experience the highly popular Search Inside Yourself Leadership Program (SIY) that was designed and tested at Google – as well as learn how several companies are incorporating the program into their leadership and organizational development initiatives. SIY continues to be oversubscribed at Google, and since having been "spun out" several years ago is now popular worldwide in both public programs and in organizations across multiple public and private sectors. SIY's appeal lies in how it bridges age-old practices of mindfulness with modern neuroscience to build emotional intelligence – going so far as to make a case for compassion in leadership. Workplace studies show that strong emotional competencies predict high employee performance, leadership effectiveness, and wellbeing. Neuroscience research indicates that how we direct our attention determines the mental habits we form, the emotions we develop, and the results we experience. It also shows that mindfulness practice is a key way to build sustained attention, self-awareness, and self-management. This highly interactive program puts these concepts together and teaches skills to help navigate worklife with focus, resilience, engagement – and yes – even happiness.
Presented by: Julie Murphy, Principle, Oakwood Leadership; and Marie-Jeanne Juilland, Principle, The Juilland Leadership Group
“OD in Action: Consulting for the 21st Century”
9:00 am -4:00 pm (Lunch provided)
Today's business professionals work in demanding resource-constrained environments. Unfortunately, traditional leadership practices assume organizations operate like machines, that change can be planned/executed by leaders at the top, and that their role is to find a fast solution to every organizational problem. This is an opportunity for leaders to learn how to shake off traditional mental models and discover ways to operate as more nimble and thoughtful organizational leader consultants.' This workshop offers fresh perspectives on organizations within this 21st century environment. The presenters will introduce a flexible consulting tool within a safe practice field to build new skills and influence change. Refresh your own skills as an OD professional, and consider how to bring the practice of OD to your business leaders.
Presented by: Anna Tansi, MSOB, President, Counterbalance Consulting, LLC & Martha Freymann Miser, PhD
Aduro Consulting, LLC
Half Day Sessions
“Deep Dive: Feedback - The Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner of Champions”
OFFERED TWICE! 9:00 am- 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Feedback tools like MBTI are under long-awaited scrutiny. [Huffington Post] Traditional 360s are being exposed for their iatrogenic consequences. [HBR] Continuing employee reactions to cosmetic attempts to improve performance appraisals and engagement efforts are less than stunning. [Gallop] In this session we will resurrect a concept embedded in the foundation of our field when Lewin noted: feedback ¦timely, voluntary, mutual, validity-testing, and action research ¦ in all moments of living are synonymous. Our focus will be to de-bastardize' the word feedback returning it to its rightful place as the heart and soul, the life-blood of any and all efforts to enhance individual and organizational growth and development. By applying a simple proven model, the DAP, feedback will become the gift in all moments of living Lewin intended.
Presented by: Irv Rubin, Ph.D ,CEO , Temenos, Inc and Matt Stone, COO, Temenos
“Discussing the Undiscussable: A Systemic Approach to Addressing the Issues of Race in the USA”
9:00 am -12:00 pm
Challenging topics, like race, are difficult to discuss in a group setting because of the depth of emotions that arise. The trauma in a system that is felt but not surfaced or addressed will block the natural movement towards healing long after the trauma took place. When judgments or fear keep us from looking clearly at “what is” the system stays stuck in a dysfunction state. Yet, the need for discussion that does not break down into polarities has never been greater. The systemic approach offers a process for gaining insight and understanding of a charged issue in a way that protects the emotional safety of everyone in the room. This systemic approach is being used by an NGO (Tutties Place) to enhance the self-efficacy of adjudicated youth in Baltimore. The participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to learn about and experience the systemic process and apply what they learn towards facilitating discussions around race or other intense topics. Come and gain a new tool and a new perspective.
Presented by: Harrison Snow, MBA ,Organizational Development Facilitator , Team Building Associates and Brenda Boyd, CAO of TuTTie's Place, Baltimore, MD
“Statistical Thinking for OD Professionals”
9:00 am -12:00 pm
For OD practitioners whose interests and strengths lie on the “people” side of the business, gathering and analyzing data can be a daunting and unpleasant part of an otherwise highly satisfying profession. Yet, the skills required for the “numbers” side of the business are essential for gaining and sustaining the credibility of the practitioner, as well as the relevance of the OD field. This session will introduce participants to the principles of statistical thinking and provide a highly interactive practice session using appropriate statistical skills and tools applicable throughout the OD process, from contracting to assessment to action planning and measuring impact and ROI. Ample time will be given for attendees to work in small groups on several personal examples, and to raise questions relevant to their own practices and projects. Although not necessary, participants may want to bring a smart phone or other calculator that calculates square roots.
Presented by: David Schwinn, Professor of Management, Lansing Community College
“Lead More, Control Less: 8 Advanced Leadership Skills that Overturn Convention”
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This is an exciting seminar those who want to take a deeper plunge into managing meetings and managing yourself – essentially, being more successful in a world of unstoppable change and increasing diversity.
In this highly interactive session, we will explore the realms of practice beyond traditional models, methods and techniques. We will go more deeply into personal and structural issues. I will present particular skills for enabling others to do things they never did before. Using real issues, we will discover the essentials of controlling what you can and letting go of what you can’t control. Together we will learn more about applying principles for meaningful, energizing dialogue. This includes managing differences. avoiding splits and fragmentation, and promoting holistic, productive action.
· A theory for integrating group success with your own development
Presented by: Sandra Janoff, PhD ,Co-Director, Future Search Network
“Rewrite Your Story: Invite Your Best Work”
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
My friend, Lorri Johnson, says, It's all in the framing. How do I show up? What fundamental narrative about my identity is holding me back from meaningful work? What stories inhibit my clients' development, undermine change initiatives, and impede individual and collective performance? This session will explore these questions and help you transform a problem-saturated narrative into a new story that invites your next, best work. As you rewrite your own story €”using creative writing techniques, fantastic prompts from narrative therapy, and multi-media art materials €”you will learn a powerful framework and tools to shift the problematic stories of your clients. This half-day session will culminate in story-sharing circles, building a supportive community for the new stories as participants go on to explore all the conference has to offer.
Presented by: Lisa M. Connors, Transformative Work Consultant , NextWork Partners, LLC
“Trust Repair Strategies: A Deeper Dive”
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Trust is an essential ingredient in healthy relationships. When there is trust within groups, information flows smoother, issues are resolved easier, and people can flourish. However, when groups experience a violation of trust it disrupts relationships and work systems. Sometimes groups become stuck because the trust violations run deep and if left unresolved people may to hold each other hostage in that situation ultimately affecting productivity and straining relationships.This workshop builds on trust repair research and offers intervention strategies to support and heal trust issues in groups. Strategies developed from the research have been applied in OD interventions with recent clients. This interactive workshop engages your mind, heart and provides you with a trust repair model and a new tool to support OD interventions.
Presented by: Wendy Fraser, PhD ,President , Fraser Consulting, LLC
Panel Session: Global OD: Achieving Results Across Cultures and Continents
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Participants in this panel session will gain powerful OD tools, techniques, best practices & lessons learned for embedding OD globally. Join leading human capital strategists as they share examples for developing, implementing, and executing OD solutions across multiple continents simultaneously. These OD experts will discuss the following global OD frameworks:
1. Global OD instrumentation selection
2. Facilitating a co-creating future state
3. Cross-cultural stakeholder engagement resulting
4. Navigating around challenges
5. Utilizing metrics for desirable results. Come see first-hand innovation advancing global OD theory and practice!
Click here to learn more about the panelists for this session.