In planning this session, we talked about viewing topics from different perspectives. How is the lens of an OD person different from that of a trainer, an HR generalist, a line manager.
This session is a step toward sorting out and clarifying the question "What does an OD lens provide?"
We'll start with a presentation/discussion on how the history of OD has shaped our perspective - what we look at and look for as either internal or external OD consultants. We'll do this with help from a recent paper on the "History and future of OD" which our colleague and friend Russ Barnes prepared in his course work at Benedictine College. (He's working toward a PhD in OD. He can't attend our session, but we'll be sharing his thoughts.)
Next, we'll use a "values sorting" process, which can include learning from classic and contemporary books on OD, and from related academic disciplines... where it gets both messy AND interesting.
Our gatherings are participatory: please do some pre-thinking about what and who has informed your lens for viewing organizations. (See below.)
Hope to see you and hear about your perspectives on October 7.
PS: bring your ideas for future sessions.Thanks!
Location: National Louis University
5110 Eisenhower Boulevard South, Tampa, FL
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