May: Bring in Google Thinking to Stay Alive! (05/12/16)

Please join us on Thursday May 12 at University of Dallas (Irving)*
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R U Road Kill on the Digital Highway?
Bring in Google Thinking to Stay Alive!
 

Are you prepared for the direct impact and implications of big data, analytics, artificial intelligence, automation, machine learning, the Internet of things, the Internet of everything, and social media?

Google and the other members of the Big Four (Amazon, Apple, & Facebook) are driving these digitally driven phenomena into our personal and organizational lives:

  • Self-driving cars are on the way (Google, Ford, Tesla, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Baidu, BMW, Volvo, Toyota, General Motors, Honda, Apple).
  • 3-D Printing is now in the workplace.
  • NEST Internet connected thermostats control our home environments.
  • Google’s AlphaGo beat Korean Go Professional Lee Sedol in 4 out of 5 go matches.
  • Amazon delivers packages with drones
  • SpaceX lands the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone barge at sea.
  • The Apple New Product Process (ANPP) continues to crank out iterations and new products.
  • Facebook, with over 1.6 billion registered users, has more monthly active users than WhatsApp, Twitter, and Instagram combined.

So What?

  • How do these organizations think differently and act differently?
  • How are their differences relevant to my organization?
  • How can we apply how they think and act to make our organizations work better?

Join us for a meeting in which we will work on tuning up our thinking and influence our acting.     Innovate or eat dust!

Speaker:  Peter Jay Sorenson, CMC®    strategicorganizationdesign.com 
 

We look forward to seeing you on May 12 at University of Dallas in a great new room in a brand new building!  (See directions below.)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
–  6:30  Networking / Food / Intros 
–  7:00  Announcements / Program
–  8:45  Closing and evaluation 


Meeting Location:  

University of DallasSB Hall, Serafy Special Events Room *
   Campus: 1845 East Northgate Drive,    Irving, TX 75062     (972-721-5000)

  SB Hall is #9 on the new UD Campus Map      [Google Map for Nav
>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)*

Note:  SB Hall is on the north side the campus, near Gorman Dr. and Haggar Circle (across the street from the Art History building where we met in 2014).   The SBH Serafy Special Events room is on the first floor (use any door).

Parking:  There is a big lot just north of the building (along Dominican Lane), and plenty of other places across the campus.

Cost:   No charge for members ($60/year).  $10 for guests.


Speaker BIO:

Pete Sorenson designs and changes organizations. He has spent more than 10 days at Google, uses a bunch of Apple devices, software, and services, shops on Amazon, reads on a Kindle and has a Facebook page.

Pete is on the Conference Design Team of the Global Socio-Technical Systems (STS) Design Network Roundtable Conference “Integrating Technology & Organization In a Digital World” that will be held in San Francisco and Silicon Valley in September 2016. This innovatively designed conference will focus on creating knowledge and designing knowledge work rather than simply sharing knowledge.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington (1976) and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University (1979). The Institute of Management Consultants awarded Pete the Certified Management Consultant® (CMC®) designation in 2002.


We look forward to seeing you there!


 

April: Snakes in Suits: Corporate Psychopaths (04/14/16)

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Snakes in Suits:  Psychopathic
Individuals in the Corporate Environment  

“The modern, open, more flexible corporate world, in which high risks can equal high profits, attracts psychopaths.  They may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they’re abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles.”   (Paul Babiak and Robert Hare, 2006, Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work).

In this month’s meeting, Dr. Craig Neumann from UNT will present current research on psychopathic personality disorder. This presentation will provide the leading edge scientific understanding of this disorder, how to validity assess it, and what adverse effects psychopathic individuals may cause in corporate settings.  His colleague (and wife) Dr. Iva Embley Neumann will also provide insights based on her extensive consulting work in this field.

Following the presentation we will have a lively group discussion on how we can use this knowledge in our OD work — for example, in assessments, hiring, succession planning, and ‘organizational recovery’.

Come learn how to spot the warning signs of psychopathic behavior and help people protect themselves and their organizational systems.

Speakers:  Dr. Craig Neumann, Professor & Associate Director of Clinical Training (DCT), Department of Psychology at University of North Texas  and   Iva Embley Neumann, Ph.D.    (See full BIOs below.)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
–  6:30  Intros / Networking / Food
–  7:15  Announcements / Program
–  8:45  Closing and evaluation

Meeting Location:  American Airlines Headquarters *
   4333 Amon Carter Boulevard, Center Port 5 (6 Story Building)
   Fort Worth, TX 76155

>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)
Note: Take Hwy 183 to Amon Carter exit; Go south to Sovereign Rd (SW corner).

Parking  is plentiful, free, and very close to the door (see map).  ADA accessible.

Cost:   No charge for members ($60/year).  $10 for guests.


Speaker BIOs:   

Dr. Craig Neumann, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas, is an internationally recognized expert on psychopathic personality, having developed a sophisticated mathematical model reflecting the nature of psychopathy. He has over 100 publications and works closely with esteemed scientists around the world such as Drs. Robert D. Hare, Paul Babiak, and Kent Kiehl. Dr. Neumann is one of ten distinguished scientists who serves on the Scientific Council of the Expertise Centre for Forensic Psychiatry (EFP) in the Netherlands. The EFP was founded in 2002 as a joint initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Justice and twelve high security Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals.

Dr. Neumann is often called upon to speak to the public about psychopathy (http://keranews.org/post/research-shows-bosses-are-more-likely-be-psychopaths), and was also one of the experts consulted for a recent book on the Lindbergh kidnapping case, titled Cemetery John by Robert Zorn.  Dr. Neumann was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from The William H. Donner Foundation to study the Prevalence of Psychopathic Traits in the General US Population. This is the fourth foundation grant he has received from the Donner Foundation, with a total amount of support from the Foundation at $95,000.

Dr. Iva Embley Neumann obtained graduate degrees in cybernetics and organizational and health psychology, which led to high-level engagement in consulting, management and leadership of profit and non-profit organizations in the USA and the Netherlands. After a long career as an independent consultant, she was appointed Director of EFP (Expertise Center For Forensic Psychiatry) in the Netherlands (2007 – 2013). In this position she was responsible for knowledge management support to the Dutch forensic psychiatric clinics, including the development of treatment programs and the design of the Dutch National Database, which comprised risk assessment data of mentally disordered offenders. She currently focuses on writing, marketing and fundraising.


 We look forward to seeing you there!


March: Executive Coaching + OD Consulting (03/10/16)

Please join us on Thursday March 10 at University of Dallas (Irving)*
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 ==>  Here is the Presentation that was delivered at this meeting.

Executive Coaching & OD Consulting:
Allies for Professional Development 

How could coaching build on your OD skills and competencies? What are the challenges that executive coaches solve and face? What does it take be a successful Executive Coach?

Come explore the answers to these questions at our March DFW OD Network meeting. Jude Olson, President-Elect, and Kathleen Klaviter, Ambassador, from the International Coaching Federation of North Texas (ICF-NT) Chapter will introduce you to the rewards and responsibilities of executing coaching.

Come discover for yourself how executive coaching and OD consulting can partner for success!

Speakers:   Dr. Jude Olson  and  Kathleen Klaviter  (See full Bios below)

We look forward to seeing you on March 10 at University of Dallas.  (We’re back in the nice room we used in the first half of 2015!)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
   – 6:30  Networking / Food / Intros
   – 7:00  Announcements / Program
   – 8:45  Closing and evaluation


Meeting Location:
University of Dallas – – Catherine Hall, Room 11  {New!} *
   1845 East Northgate Drive,  Irving, TX  75062   (972-721-5000)

Catherine Hall is #20 on the UD Campus map   [Google Map for Nav]
>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)

Note:  Catherine Hall is on the east end of the campus, just off Tom Braniff Drive (map).  Room 11 is on the first floor, just to the right of the front door.  (Much easier to find than our old room.)  

Parking:  Usually plenty of spaces in Lot P (map / map); also available in various places across the campus. 

Cost: No charge for members ($60/year). $10 for guests.


Speaker BIOs:  

Dr. Jude Olson is an accredited, professional coach providing leadership and transition coaching to individuals, teams and organizations—building on strengths for accelerated development. She is certified by the International Coaching Federation and has a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University.  She currently serves on the MBA faculty of the University of Dallas, teaching Leadership, Managing Complex Organizations, and Consulting Skills. She is a coach for local companies including Bell Helicopter, Alcon Labs and Cook Children’s Hospital.   Previously, she held roles as Senior OD consultant and Head Coach at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in FW, TX.

Kathleen Klaviter has 25 years in training and organization development from classroom/on-line training to workshop design and facilitation. She received her master’s in Organization Development and Change Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her corporate experience includes work as an internal consultant at Texas Instruments and a corporate position with Hanson Building Materials. Working as an independent consultant since 2009 Kathleen now works with all sizes of companies and non-profit organizations. Kathleen’s credentials include multiple training and facilitation certifications and assessment qualifications. She holds the Professional Certified Coach designation (PCC) from the International Coach Federation.


We look forward to seeing you there!


 

February: OD Competencies & Practical Applications (02/11/16)

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OD Competencies and Practical Applications

What does it take be a successful OD Practitioner? What skills must you possess? What competencies must you master?

Are you an Emotionally Intelligent Leader? An excellent Process Facilitator? An Exemplary Consultant?

Come find out the answers to these intriguing professional questions at our February DFW ODN meeting. Dr. Earl will share the fascinating and surprising results of the OD Network Global Competency Project.

Speaker:  Dr. Glen Earl, Parkland Hospital   (See full Bio below)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
–  6:30  Intros / Networking / Food
–  7:15  Announcements / Program
–  8:45  Closing and evaluation

Meeting Location:  American Airlines Headquarters *
   4333 Amon Carter Boulevard, Center Port 5 (6 Story Building)
   Fort Worth, TX 76155

>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)
Note: Take Hwy 183 to Amon Carter exit; Go south to Sovereign Rd (SW corner).

Parking  is plentiful, free, and very close to the door (see map).  ADA accessible.

Cost:   No charge for members ($60/year).  $10 for guests.


Speaker Bio:   Dr. Glen Earl is a member of the National OD Network’s Professional Development and Education Committee. As the Project Leader, Glen has worked on the OD Network’s Competency Project since November 2014. The project was completed in October, 2015.

Dr. Earl has over 20 years of experience in leadership and organization development. He currently serves as an OD consultant for Parkland Hospital.


 We look forward to seeing you there!


January: Leadership BS – Book Review/Discussion (01/14/16)

Please join us on Thursday January 14 at University of Dallas (Irving)*
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Leadership BS —
Is the Leadership Development Industry Failing Us?

According to esteemed Stanford Organizational Behavior Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, “. . . the continuing failure of the leadership industry in all of its forms and activities to make things better needs to be both explained and remedied.”

Pfeffer adds that after 60 years and tens of billions of dollars, the leadership industry has produced worse leaders and organizations filled with dissatisfied, disengaged employees who do not trust those leaders.  Worse yet, he says the leadership industry is teaching exactly the opposite of what it should.

If you are reading this DFWOD Network solicitation, Pfeffer is speaking about you and me. Are we failing our clients? Have we failed the organizations that employ us? Have we failed those employees? Do we need to totally change what we do and how we do it?

Come listen to Randy Mayeux’s synopsis of Professor Pfeffer’s book, Leadership BS; Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, and then join the discussion as Ed Savage facilitates an introspection of Pfeffer’s writings and its impact on our leadership development activities.

Don’t miss this meeting. Your boss, leader, CEO, client may well be reading Pfeffer’s book and rethinking her work with you.

Presenter:   Randy Mayeux (First Friday Book Synopsis)

Facilitator:
   Ed Savage  (L-3 Mission Integration)

We look forward to seeing you on January 14 at University of Dallas.  (We’re back in the nice room we used in the first half of 2015!)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
   – 6:30  Networking / Food / Intros
   – 7:00  Announcements / Program
   – 8:45  Closing and evaluation


Meeting Location:
University of Dallas – – Catherine Hall, Room 11  {New!} *
   1845 East Northgate Drive,  Irving, TX  75062   (972-721-5000)

Catherine Hall is #20 on the UD Campus map   [Google Map for Nav]
>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)

Note:  Catherine Hall is on the east end of the campus, just off Tom Braniff Drive (map).  Room 11 is on the first floor, just to the right of the front door.  (Much easier to find than our old room.)  

Parking:  Usually plenty of spaces in Lot P (map / map); also available in various places across the campus. 

Cost: No charge for members ($60/year). $10 for guests.


Speaker/Facilitator BIOs:  

Randy Mayeux is a professional speaker, educator, consultant, and writer. He gives more than 450 public presentations annually to various business and government audiences, non-profit groups and associations, and professional conferences. Randy is the Founder of Creative Communication Network, a full-service communication company offering speeches and presentations, training and custom consulting and meeting facilitation for individuals, groups and organizations.

His monthly First Friday Book Synopsis at the Dallas Park City Club now in its seventeenth year and attracts capacity crowds of business professionals from throughout the DFW metroplex.

He has authored articles in professional journals, guest columns in The Dallas Morning News, and several books. Randy is a graduate of Abilene Christian and Pepperdine University.

Ed Savage  is the Senior Manager of Training and Development for L-3 Mission Integration in Greenville. He has worked in the Leadership and Organization Development industry for 30 years. Ed holds a doctorate in Organization Change from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

 


We look forward to seeing you there!


 

December: Annual Networking / Book Exchange / Social Meeting (12/10/15)

Please join us on Thursday December 10 at American Airlines Headquarters. *
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Annual Networking/Social Meeting
and “Gold Elephant Book Exchange”

Meeting Goals:
Connect: get to know one another better – personally & professionally
Learn: share knowledge informally during the book exchange
Enjoy: fellowship + creative responses (and humor) of the game

Please bring a gift-wrapped book that is meaningful to you — perhaps a book from your own library to ‘pay it forward’ or one from a second hand bookstore. Don’t spend a lot of money – it’s the thought that counts!

The game will be similar to a traditional white elephant gift exchange — each person in turn will unwrap a book or ‘steal’ one that someone else has already opened. Unlike ‘white elephants’ (which are often useless), the books are ‘gold elephants’ that will contain some unique nuggets of wisdom when opened (or stolen) by the right recipient! Discovering those golden nuggets will be part of the game as people talk about the books they give (and the ones they get)!

Handout/Procedure for the ‘Gold Elephant Gift Exchange’

Presenter / Facilitator: Jim Jameson

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Facilitator BIO:
Jim Jameson is a Principal at Noah Consulting LLC (a firm specializing in Master Data Management for the Upstream Oil & Gas industry). His role is to improve the success rate of technology adoption projects, working mainly in the areas of Change Management, Collaboration, and Communications. He believes that focusing on the people side of technology change is the key to improving ROI on transformational ‘IT solutions’.


November: Program Planning for 2016! (11/12/15)

Please join us on Thursday November 12 at University of Dallas (Irving)*
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 Program Planning for 2016!

Member needs and interests drive DFW OD Network programs.  Accordingly, our November Meeting is a facilitated event designed to answer the question: “What programs do our members most want for our 2016 DFW OD Network Monthly Meetings?”

Everyone will be able to recommend their ideas and help choose the topics for our 2016 programs.  What topics are most important, meaningful and relevant for you?  Here are some questions to stimulate your thinking:

  • What topic in the OD field are you most interested in?
  • What information do you need to know in order to stay current?
  • What is a strategic issue that you would like to learn more about?
  • What is a major challenge that you are facing in your work?
  • What is a new program idea that you would like our chapter to try?
  • What topic would help you succeed in your work?

We have been blessed with interesting and informative monthly programs during 2015!  Let’s make our 2016 programs even better!  Bring your ideas, energy and a spirit of collaboration!  Consume copious amounts of pizza and non-alcoholic beverages!  Network with your professional colleagues!  Learn more about what’s going on in our profession!  Learn several facilitation methods and techniques!

Facilitators:
Jeff Bracken, CMC®  and  Logan Renfrow  (see BIOs below)

We look forward to seeing you on November 12 at the University of Dallas!  (Note that we are in a different room this month — see below!)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
   – 6:30  Networking / Food / Intros
   – 7:00  Announcements / Program
   – 8:45  Closing and evaluation


Meeting Location:
University of Dallas – – Haggerty Science Center Room 201 [NEW] *
   1845 East Northgate Drive,  Irving, TX  75062   (972-721-5000)

Haggerty Science Center is #5 on the UD Campus map  [Google Map for Nav

Note:  Haggerty Science Center is on the “Mall” by the tall Bell Tower.  Room 201 is on the 3rd floor. 

Parking:  Lot C or J, on Maher Ln, or in various places across the campus. 

Cost: No charge for members ($60/year). $10 for guests.


Facilitator BIOs:  

Jeff Bracken, CMC® Jeff is an organizational transformation and performance improvement consultant.  He is a Founding Member of the DFW OD Network, a Certified Management Consultant through the Institute of Management Consultants, a Member of the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, a Member of the Board of Examiners for the Quality Texas Foundation, and a Mentor Trainer and Facilitator of the Technology of Participation (ToP®) facilitation methods through the Institute of Cultural Affairs.

Logan Renfrow is a global corporate development professional with strong entrepreneurial leadership skills and the proven ability to develop and apply strategic insight. He spent five years in China and Singapore successfully managing organizational change and growth initiatives for an international manufacturer of electrical power systems for the shipbuilding and oil and gas industries. Logan received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and will graduate in December with his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University.


We look forward to seeing you there!


 

October: Technology for OD Thought Leadership (10/08/15)

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Content, Curation, and Connection:
Using Technology for OD Thought Leadership

With the surge in content marketing, it’s a daunting task to stay current and relevant in any field, particularly one as dynamic as Organizational Development. The blessing and the curse of the Internet has been the ready availability of large volumes of information which are constantly expanding and being updated.

This presentation will address how you can stay informed and relevant as an OD professional using a variety of applications available on smart phones, tablets, and computers.  The session will include demonstrations of several apps and a clear explanation of which ones work best for your needs, learning style, and schedule.

Please join us at our October meeting to find out more from this thought leader!

Speaker:  Daryl Thomas, Corporate Leader, Learning Technologist, Writer & Blogger                    Twitter @deejaatee         (See full Bio below.)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
–  6:30  Intros / Networking / Food
–  7:15  Announcements / Program
–  8:45  Closing and evaluation

Meeting Location:  American Airlines Headquarters *
   4333 Amon Carter Boulevard, Center Port 5 (6 Story Building)
   Fort Worth, TX 76155

>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)
Note: Take Hwy 183 to Amon Carter exit; Go south to Sovereign Rd (SW corner).

Parking  is plentiful, free, and very close to the door (see map).  ADA accessible.

Cost:   No charge for members ($60/year).  $10 for guests.


Speaker Bio:   Daryl Thomas is a long-time training and development professional who uses technology to enhance personal productivity and professional leadership. The intersection of People, Process, and Technology is a space that has intrigued Daryl for many years. Through his work for companies large (FedEx, Citicorp, Well Fargo) and small (Aloha Technologies, Elagent, Thomas Associates), he has been designing strategies and building teams that look for the right relationship between these three key areas.

Throughout his career, Daryl has worked in and with sales, customer service, technical support and IT.  For the last 20 years, he has primarily worked within Human Resources (Talent Management, Learning and Development). Currently his team is responsible for the design, development, administration, and evaluation of learning for leaders and sales professionals.  Daryl spends his spare time reading, researching, and writing — usually in the areas of leadership, productivity, and technology.


 We look forward to seeing you there!


September: Selection & Retention of High Potentials – Glen Earl (09/10/15)

Please join us on Thursday September 10 at University of Dallas (Irving)*
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 Selection & Retention of High Potentials

 Come participate in a lively presentation and discussion on how we as OD professionals can best assist organizations in selecting and retaining high potential employees.

Through research and experience we know that high potential employees leave at a much higher rate than other employees. In this session we will identify the major reasons and discuss how best to change that.
    
Presenter:   Glen Earl  (Parkland Hospital)
 

We look forward to seeing you on September 10 at the University of Dallas.  (Note that we are in a different room this month — see below!)

 

Also please note:   Your input is needed on the National OD Network’s Global Competency Model!  Please join your peers and participate in this survey, which closes very soon:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS9FZB3

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
   – 6:30  Networking / Food / Intros
   – 7:00  Announcements / Program
   – 8:45  Closing and evaluation


Meeting Location:
University of Dallas – – Haggerty Science Center Room 201 [NEW] *
   1845 East Northgate Drive,  Irving, TX  75062   (972-721-5000)

Haggerty Science Center is #5 on the UD Campus map  [Google Map for Nav

Note:  Haggerty Science Center is on the “Mall” by the Bell Tower.  Follow signs to room 201.

Parking:  Lot C or J, on Maher Ln, or in various places across the campus. 

Cost: No charge for members ($60/year). $10 for guests.


Presenter BIO:  

Dr. Glen B. Earl  works in the Leadership and Organizational Development Department for Parkland Hospital, focusing on succession planning and performance management.

Dr. Earl has worked in OD for 20 years in the financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries

 


We look forward to seeing you there!


 

August: Winds of Innovation: Perils & Rewards — Dr. Maureen Clemmons (08/13/15)

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Wind, Pyramids, & Obelisks:
A Living Case Study in the Perils & Rewards of Innovation

OD professionals facilitate change, and innovation is one of the arrows in our quiver. In this session, Maureen Clemmons will recount her journey into developing a pragmatic theory that ancient Egyptians harnessed the wind to build their monuments.

Told from the perspective from someone who actually teaches innovation, Dr. Clemmons shares her story of taking an idea from inception, into the field where she demonstrated her theory, and finally into the history books. Her story is one of failure, success, perseverance and unrelenting determination. What makes this session so interesting is that it is framed from the perspective of a practitioner who understands the academic models of change.

Please join us in August to meet this pioneer and hear her remarkable story!

Speaker: Dr. Maureen Clemmons – President, Transformations (See full Bio below.)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
–  6:30  Intros / Networking / Food
–  7:15  Announcements / Program
–  8:45  Closing and evaluation

Meeting Location:  American Airlines Headquarters *
   4333 Amon Carter Boulevard, Center Port 5 (6 Story Building)
   Fort Worth, TX 76155

>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)
Note: Take Hwy 183 to Amon Carter exit; Go south to Sovereign Rd (SW corner).

Parking  is plentiful, free, and very close to the door (see map).  ADA accessible.

Cost:   No charge for members ($60/year).  $10 for guests.


Speaker Bio:   Dr. Maureen Clemmons holds both an Ed.D in Organization Change and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. She is the president of Transformations, a consulting practice located in Winnetka, California whose associates specialize in Innovation, Change Management and Entrepreneurship. Her clients include Interorbital Space Systems, Taberco Inc, US Biofuels, The Traveling Space Museum, and others. She has lectured at dozens of these institutions and in many colleges, universities, and centers of innovation.

Her documentary “Flying Pyramids, Soaring Stones” airs internationally on the History Channel, profiling her theory and research demonstrating the ancient Egyptians could have harnessed the wind to build their monuments. Her book “Soaring Stones” is currently available on Amazon.com in paperback and electronic versions.

Accolades include:  Leader of National Geographic Society Expedition EC-Y02 and Fellow of the Explorer’s Club, Wings World Quest and National University. In addition, she was honored to carry Wings World Quest Expedition Flag #11 and Expedition Flag #22.

A side note:  We would like to thank Dr. Ed Savage for facilitating this meeting and introducing us to Dr. Clemmons. Ed is a highly experienced OD/OC professional who met Maureen while they were studying Organization Change at Pepperdine University, and is a personal witness to her journey. He is known for his pragmatic integration of OD technologies in organizations and change.


 We look forward to seeing you there!


July: Organizational Fracking: Opening Up Silos – Sorenson/Jameson (07/09/15)

Please join us on Thursday July 9 at University of Dallas (Irving)*
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Organizational Fracking:
Opening Up Your Silos

Got silos in your organization?  Most people would say: ‘Why yes we do! And we need to bring out the big guns and break them down before they suck the life out of our company!’   Well not so fast cowboy — are silos always bad?  And when they are, do they need to be busted wide open?  Or do they just need to be ‘ventilated’ to keep people fresh and stimulate the flow of ideas?

In this session Pete and Jim will explore these questions and show us a new way to look at organizational silos using the metaphor of “fracking” – a common practice in the oil & gas industry that is not well understood.  Of course you can also expect a couple of stories (i.e. case studies) to illustrate these ideas, and perhaps a few examples from the audience as well.

So come to the July meeting and let us ‘frack’ your paradigm on ‘silos’!

Facilitators:  Pete Sorenson (Strategic Organization Design) and Jim Jameson (Noah Consulting)

We look forward to seeing you on July 9 at the University of Dallas. Remember we are in a different room at UD in 2015!  (It’s a nicer room and much easier to find!)

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
   – 6:30  Networking / Food / Intros
   – 7:00  Announcements / Program
   – 8:45  Closing and evaluation


Meeting Location:
University of Dallas – – Catherine Hall, Room 11  {New!} *
   1845 East Northgate Drive,  Irving, TX  75062   (972-721-5000)

Catherine Hall is #20 on the UD Campus map   [Google Map for Nav]
>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)

Note:  Catherine Hall is on the east end of the campus, just off Tom Braniff Drive (map).  Room 11 is on the first floor, just to the right of the front door.  (Much easier to find than our old room.)  

Parking:  Usually plenty of spaces in Lot P (map / map); also available in various places across the campus. 

Cost: No charge for members ($60/year). $10 for guests.


Facilitator BIOs:  

Peter Jay Sorenson is an independent strategic organization design and change management consultant, coach, social entrepreneur, university instructor, and ethicist.

Pete’s recent focus has been on using innovation to create economic and social self-reliance for individuals, families, and organizations in both the developing and developed world. His current clients are mainly from the healthcare and oil and gas sectors.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington (1976) and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University (1979). The Institute of Management Consultants awarded Pete the Certified Management Consultant® (CMC®) designation in 2002.

In August 2013 Pete was given the prestigious “Sharing the Wealth Award” by the OD Network.  This fall, his new book “Organizing! Deliberate Design” will be published.

Jim Jameson is a Principal at Noah Consulting LLC, a firm specializing in Master Data Management for the Upstream Oil & Gas industry. His role is to improve the success rate of technology adoption projects, working mainly in the areas of Change Management, Collaboration, and Communications. He believes that focusing on the people side of technology change is the key to improving ROI on transformational ‘IT solutions’.

Jim earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, along with an MS degree in Information Systems and post-grad certificate in Knowledge Management, both from George Washington University.


We look forward to seeing you there!


 

June: Healthcare OD – Updating the UT Southwestern Story (06/11/15)

Please join us on Thursday June 11 at American Airlines Headquarters *
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Healthcare OD & Change:
Updating the UT Southwestern Story

At our June meeting you have the unique opportunity to get the inside view of an active large-scale change initiative in one of the most dynamic, growing, and busy industries around.

Ben Dilla is the Assistant Director of Organizational Development at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He will speak to the progress the UT Southwestern team has made on moving this medical organization from St. Paul Hospital to Clements University Hospital in December 2014, and how things have been going since.

Ben first spoke to the DFW OD Network 18 months ago about this initiative, giving us an intriguing preview of the size, scope, and plans underway for this move. Come and hear his update on the challenges they have addressed and how it’s working today.

And don’t forget, at the same time UT Southwestern Medical Center is dealing with this move it is also adapting to a sea change in its business environment resulting from new legislation and other ‘external’ influences. (And you thought your organization was experiencing big changes!)

Come see how OD teams are helping create new customer experiences in this organization as they deal with these disruptive changes in where and how they do business in a rapidly evolving industry. Only at the DFW OD Network!   

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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
–  6:30  Intros / Networking / Food
–  7:15  Announcements / Program
–  8:45  Closing and evaluation

Meeting Location:  American Airlines Headquarters *
   4333 Amon Carter Boulevard, Center Port 5 (6 Story Building)
   Fort Worth, TX 76155

>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)
Note: Take Hwy 183 to Amon Carter exit; Go south to Sovereign Rd (SW corner).

Parking  is plentiful, free, and very close to the door (see map).  ADA accessible.

Cost:   No charge for members ($60/year).  $10 for guests.


Speaker Bio:  Ben Dilla

Ben is Assistant Director of Organizational Development at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  He has over 30 years of experience in OD as a behavioral scientist (internal OD consultant) for the US Air Force, external consultant for PDI Ninth House (now Korn Ferry), and as manager of Training & Development teams for several local organizations. He earned his MS and PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Purdue University.

Ben currently leads a team of four OD consultants engaged in executive coaching, team building, organizational design, and change management to support and enhance UTSW’s three-fold mission of education, research, and patient care.


 We look forward to seeing you there!