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2014 Pre-Conference Sessions


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Pre-Conference Sessions

All pre-conference sessions take place Saturday, October 25th.

Education by Track:

Change and Agility | Technology and Tools | Diversity and Culture



Change and Agility


The Organization Workshop: Creating Partnership

Barry Oshry, PhD, Co-Director, Power + Systems, Inc

Co-speaker: Karen Oshry

Pre-Conference: Full Day; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM with one-hour lunch


This workshop is being offered as part of The Worldwide Week of Partnership.  The OW is a hands-on, experiential session exploring how the organization is viewed through the eyes of top executives, middle managers, workers and customers.  As well, we'll look at how each of us is at times a top, a middle, a bottom and a customer and how these positions influence the choices we see.  We'll examine how misunderstanding and miscommunication happen across organizational lines, the reflexive traps we can fall into, and what it takes to create and sustain partnership across boundaries (i.e., levels, functions, departments, organizations).  The workshop fundamentally transforms the way people see, understand, and live their lives in organizations, and it provides OD practitioners a liberating and energizing lens for their interventions.

Key Take-aways:

  • To identify the issues and dilemmas people at all levels of the organization face, particularly during turbulent times, and what it takes to shift them productively.
  • To develop actionable strategies for interacting more effectively with people at all levels
  • To discover the benefits to the total system of integrating with one's peers, and the pathway to making it happen


Lead More, Control Less: 8 Skills to Bring Out the Best in Others

Sandra Janoff, PhD, Co-Director, Future Search Network

Co-speaker: Marv Weisbord

Pre-Conference: Full Day; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM with one-hour lunch

This is an exciting seminar for 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.  We 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.

Key Take-aways:

  •  A theory for integrating group success with your own development
  •  Managing polarized issues in yourself and in groups
  •  Structuring meetings for individual responsibility
  •  Managing your own anxiety about getting things done
  •  Keeping groups from fragmenting over stereotypes and differences
  •  Shifting from either/or to both/and thinking 

The Change Canvas

Jill Hinson, M.S.O.D., President, ChangeFusion

Co-speaker: Katherine McAllister, David Osborne

Pre-Conference: Full Day; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM with one-hour lunch

Getting started is often the hardest part. Join this dynamic, engaging and generative workshop to help you build your change strategy. Using principles from complexity science and their own proprietary change dial framework, you will explore the change journey and build your own change strategy. Each participant will walk away with a customized change canvas to use as the blueprint for influencing the speed and direction of change in their system.  An overview of the day includes: How change happens, an experiential activity in the change journey; A primer on using the change dials; Building your change canvas; Insight wall for learning synthesis.  If you are leading change that is highly complex, and dependent on many influences, this session is you.  

Key Take-aways:

  • Personally experience the conditions that enable and support self organization 
  • Learn about six change dials that change leaders tune up or down to influence Change  
  • Build his or her person change strategy canvas 4. Participant in whole group insight generation and session synthesize

New Opportunities in OD: Where Agile and Lean Need Our Help

Steve McGee, MBA, Principal, Steve McGee & Associates

Pre-Conference: Half Day; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


There’s a revolution going on right under our noses.  People in the basements of multi-national banks and manufacturers turned their world upside down - and implemented new practices that would shock any manager.  They wrote a Manifesto, one that would stir emotions in any OD practitioner.    These are the software engineers of the Agile movement.  On their own they found way to manage themselves better.  This is in response to the failings of traditional, bureaucratic management, a tradition that resulted in a 75% failure rate of projects.  The solutions emerging from the Agile movement, including Lean, Kanban, Scrum and others, are very important.  Many of the results we as OD practitioners strive for are achieved through Agile.  But these revolutionaries  need our help.  Let's learn how OD can get involved in this opportunity!

Key Take-aways:

  • Learn all about Agile / Lean, how it solves the problems associated with traditional management, and how it implements OD values
  • Analyze the current issues and trends in the industry to find opportunities to help 3. Develop a strategy to become a credible practitioner in this space 



Power of Emotions in Developing Organizations

Pravir Malik, MS, MM, Founder, Aurosoorya

Pre-Conference: Half Day; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


In this workshop we will explore the structure of emotions and their incredible value in shaping organizations.  Emotions can be viewed as a fractal construct that provides great insight into the nature of organization, no matter of what kind.   They are an in-built compass that can help individuals navigate their own destiny.  If listened to they can also help teams more quickly reach a higher level of maturity. Their true power is as sign-posts from an underlying reality of abundance that call attention to what must be done to continue to that state of abundance.  As such they are incredible levers to accelerate organizational development, whether the organization is an individual, a team, a larger collectivity, or even a global market.

Key Take-aways:

  • Understand the structure of emotion
  • Understand the power of emotion in navigating through complexity
  • Understand the power of emotions in developing teams



An Intergenerational Learning Exchange: Collaboratively Building Community by Engaging the Mind, Body and Spirit of Generational Cohorts

Jeff Branch, Ed.D., Program Director, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program

Co-speaker: Nancie Zane, Ellen Greenberg, Linshuang Lu, Martha Lask, Chrissie Bonner, Marsha Coleman

Pre-Conference: Full Day; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM with one-hour lunch


Intergenerational engagement is critical to discover possibilities that will transform and energize our field.  Members of the Philadelphia Region Organization Development Network (PRODN) and the Intergenerational Working Group (IWG) will recreate a highly successful experience by hosting and facilitating this learning exchange as a model of collaborative practice and engagement among like-minded and like-spirited organizations and generational cohorts.  This full-day intergenerational learning exchange provides thought-provoking experiences by leveraging in this intentionally designed session  multiple modes of expression and engagement (dialogic processes, music, art, movement, technology, etc.) that will spark new thought and appreciation among generations as we focus on co-creating the going forward together as a field of practice

Key Take-aways:

  • Create a container of safety and expression that will shape and build a different possibility of communication, connection and relationship between generational cohorts.
  • Experience multiple modes of engagement and expression through intentional dialogue, music, power and influence improv, art, and movement as opportunities to fully hear ‘voice’ from generational cohorts in the od practice field: elders...mid-career practitioners...younger practitioners.
  • Develop points of inquiry that can be explored and more fully developed in the Open Space session with Harrison Owen.


Communication Across the Ages: A Facilitated Cross Generational Dialogue

Izzy Gesell, M.ED, CSP, Head Honcho, Izzyg & Company

Pre-Conference: Half Day; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


By now we all are aware that the different generations in the workplace have different values and mindsets. We also know that this generational mix is making managing and leading more complex. What seems to be less understood is how to bring these groups together in ways that promote harmony, productivity and mutual respect. This session aims to bring the different generations together to begin a dialogue where each will feel heard, understood and acknowledged. The format will include intra-generational and inter-generational dialogue as well as mixed-generational problem solving.  Attendees will leave this session with an understanding of what the generational differences are, how those differences impact their perception, and how they manifest themselves in their organization. 

Key Take-aways:

  • Formulate a plan to promote inter-generational dialogue.
  • Discuss the impact generational differences have on organization effectiveness and productivity.
  • Identify personal perceptions that interfere with cross -generational understanding.
  • Have a turn-key template to use in any organization
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