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2019 Annual Conference: Plenary Sessions

2019 OD Network Annual Conference - Agility & Resilience: Navigating Complexity & Transformation

Plenary Sessions

Friday, 9:45am - 10:45am

Dr. David Rock, Director – NeuroLeadership Institute

Plenary details coming soon


Friday, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Navigating Complexity and Transformation through Resilient Conversations

Jeanie Cockell, Co-President – Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting
Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President – Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting
Jackie Stavros, Professor – Lawrence Technological University
Cheri Torres, PhD, Lead Catalyst and CEO – Collaborative by Design

This plenary that just might change your perspective on our complex world and how you can influence and thrive within it. In a constantly changing world, leaders, managers, and organization development (OD) practitioners must foster stakeholder communications and engagement to ride the waves of volatile markets, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguous opportunity. It is not enough to merely survive in this environment. To be agile and lead innovation with others requires open-mindedness, curiosity, and resilience. Engaging in conversations worth having and building appreciative resilience are ways to enhance agility, creativity, and performance throughout your organization. To increase resilience, one can cultivate a practice hope and a hopeful view; amplify strengths in times of despair, foster the will to forgive, and be intentional with conversation. Through play, music, stories, and dialogue, this session promises to ignite an intentional practice that will enable you to foster powerful conversations while building and reinforcing resilience for yourself and others. Drawing on the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry, this presentation weaves together practical ways participants can improve their agility and transform daily interactions and challenges into powerful strengths and opportunities.This session will be interactive, relational, participative, and engaging! You will walk away prepared to:

  • Frame any conversation, even one around a highly complex problem, to inspire creative and innovative thinking and solutions
  • Fuel productive and meaningful engagement
  • Practice appreciative resilience

Resilient conversations generate healthy, vibrant workplaces that work for all.


Saturday, 9:15am - 10:45am

Who Do We Choose to Be?

Meg Wheatley

The great activist priest, Daniel Berrigan, said: “We have to take a stand. And stand there.” In this time of spiraling, escalating change, we don’t find resilience by being agile. If we focus on surviving by continuously adapting, the results are disastrous for ourselves and the future. So we have to know, as individuals and organizations, what we stand for. We have to commit to creating sane workplaces, Islands of Sanity in the midst of this turbulent, destructive sea. We need to choose consciously to use our power and influence, our relationships and positions, to create places where people can still contribute, learn, and find community. We need to take on the role of Warriors for the Human Spirit, acting to support, protect, and preserve the best qualities of people and organizations. As we do this, we find the meaning and energy to continue to serve this time. True resilience.


Saturday, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

The Intersection of Organizational Agility & Agile Teams

Chris Worley
Eric Willeke, Principal and Co-Founder – Elevate
Dr. Rachael Narel, Assistant Professor – Benedictine University

Panel details coming soon


Sunday, 9:45am - 10:30am

Chris Worley

Plenary details coming soon


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