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2018 Annual Conference

Preconference Sessions

OD Emergence: Create the Possibility...

Start your conference experience a day early — attend a preconference session!

Thursday, October 18 features nine preconference options: two full day sessions, three half day morning sessions, and four half day afternoon sessions.

Full Day Sessions 9:00am – 4:00pm

Social Impact Day (requires full conference registration)

The OD Network is excited to bring a one-day, hands-on, interactive and collaborative event that brings together OD practitioners and creative thinkers from diverse fields with local community organizations that need help with strategic projects.

We invite you for a fun day of learning, networking, and best of all, giving back. Use your OD knowledge and expertise to help community organizations become more effective and successful.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity.

This opportunity is available to all full conference attendees. There is no fee to participate in this session. To register, select the 2018 Conference Registration – Full ticket on the "Attendee Selections" screen. You will be prompted to indicate that you are attending Social Impact Day before entering your payment details.

Working with Use of Self: A Current and Comprehensive Update

David Jamieson, PhD, Professor & Director, OD & Change Doctorate – University of St Thomas; Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge, PhD, Director, Quality & Equity Consultancy

Most in the field know that our use of self is critical in the outcomes and impact of our work in OD, yet few fully understand what's involved, what's needed and how one develops themselves for masterful execution. In this workshop, participants will get a comprehensive update on the components, characteristics and skills involved in developing and using who we are for impactful practice. Using writings, the roots from the early founders and our recent global research, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the concept and application, assess their own use of self, and develop next steps in their development journey.

Half Day Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm

If We Don't Stop the Insanity, We Will Keep Getting the Same Results — Only Worse!

Irv Rubin, PhD, Founder and CEO Emeritus – Temenos, Inc.

When will we learn that we can't learn, can't improve, can't grow and develop to our fullest potential without regular constructive feedback? Not yet, according to the recent Employee Engagement Trends Report: given the huge decrease in employee agreement with the statement "My immediate supervisor regularly gives me constructive feedback on my job performance." The report concludes that it appears that managers are getting worse at regularly giving constructive feedback (a tad unsettling considering they weren't that great to begin with). And when a known problem worsens in the face of decades of efforts to solve it, it can only be because the problem has been approached symptomatically versus at its root causes. Repeating the same behavior and expecting different results is insanity. It's time we stopped the insanity of our historical approaches to feedback.

The Passionate Soul of OD: Creating Possibilities for a Holistic and Personalized Practice Framework

Candace T. Mukendi, MA, Facilitator – Be Well Resource Group; Maggie Shreve, Partner – Kenfield|Shreve Consulting LLLP

Passionate calling and formal profession are two possible means of thinking about one's work; each are valid and appropriate, and not mutually exclusive. One's "calling" tends to be personal, internal, subjective, aesthetic, affective, and oriented toward values and morals, whereas professions are more public, external, rational, and oriented toward principles and ethics.

For many of us, OD is both our passionate calling and our formal profession and this dual relationship can be a manifestation of integrity in our practice and person. However, it can also be a source of confusion and consternation for ourselves and our stakeholders when passion and profession conflict or collide. Feckless passion can hurt our credibility as professionals and as a profession. Yet when passion is held back it can result in a loss of energy, even to burnout and ineffectiveness in one's profession. How could these two aspects of our OD occupation synergize better? Where could they conflict, and how can we prepare ourselves for such an occurrence? This workshop offers an amplification of possibilities beyond what "should" be to address the preferred future of what COULD be.

Half Day Afternoon Sessions: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Implementing Sustainable OD Projects — A Systems Approach to Change

Larry Kokkelenberg, PhD, President – Organizational Trainers & Consultants

This highly interactive workshop will introduce the participants to the following concepts:

  • The systems influence on human behavior
  • The top 3 levers for organizational analysis
  • The 4 elements of sustainability
  • The 4 phases of implementation
  • The difference between symptoms, solutions and root cause
  • The interactive nature of organizations

Participants should come prepared to discuss their own organization in light of the information presented.

The Bottom Line on ROI: How to Measure Impact and ROI in OD and Performance Improvement

Timothy Brock, PhD, Director of Consulting Services – ROI Institute

OD professionals everywhere are under pressure to prove the value of their efforts. If they can't, they put management buy-in, budgetary support, and even their jobs at risk. After all, OD programs don't come cheap. Is it really possible to put hard numbers on the impact of OD programs, projects, and initiatives, especially the more nebulous soft-skills topics such as leadership development? The answer is yes.

This bottom line on ROI workshop simplifies the process of connecting OD and performance improvement programs and projects to measurable outcomes in a clear, precise, and logical way. Guiding principles, real-world case studies, skill-development exercises, and implementation strategies help both novice and seasoned OD professionals to evaluate and report credible results with confidence.

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