April: “Positive Deviance: Imagining Extraordinary Performance and Organizational Change” (04/12/12)

Positive Deviance: Imagining Extraordinary Performance and Organizational Change”

By:     Dr. Jude Olson, Senior OD Consultant & Executive Coach at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company  and  Lorea Belle Seidel, Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Southern Methodist University.

Program Description:      For our April meeting Jude and Lorea will lead a discussion on Positive Psychology and how it can inform OD work.    Her presentation will  primarily draw from a book by Kim S. Cameron, Jane Dutton and Robert Quinn entitled Positive Organizational Scholarship – Foundations of a New Discipline and an article called “Your Company’s Secret Change Agents” by Richard Tanner Pascale and Jerry Sternin.   

Jude will focus on Appreciative Inquiry, Appreciative Coaching and Positive Deviance approaches in this framework, referencing her Lockheed Martin project on Leadership Summits as a real world example.

Lorea will introduce the Thin Book on Appreciative Inquiry by Sue Hammond as a resource and will facilitate ‘practice’ in the room.

Bring your imagination and experiences with positive phenomena in your own workplaces to share . . .  

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Presenter Bio:      Dr. Jude Olson is currently Head Coach and Senior Consultant in Organization and Leadership Development with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas.  Jude Olson PhotoShe has been recognized for bringing innovation in consulting with senior management on major culture change initiatives, knowledge management, collaborative teaming and executive coaching.  She also supports LMC in building corporate capability for strategic change and executive coaching.

Jude Olson PhotoPrior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1997, Jude spent six years with Drake Beam Morin, Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in career transition and corporate restructuring activities.  As a Senior Vice President and Regional Consulting Partner, she marketed, managed and consulted on change projects within a variety of industries. She has been an organization development consultant for Mervyn’s corporate headquarters in California and an independent consultant in Texas.  She has served on the adjunct faculty for the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Dallas teaching Organization Management and Organization Development.

A native of Pennsylvania, she earned a B.S. in Journalism and M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from Temple University; and a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She published in the Elsevier book series on Complex Collaboration (2004) and “Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter—Applying Appreciative Inquiry to Collaborative Startups” in the OD Practitioner Journal.  Her most recent publications include a chapter in the 2008 Jossey-Bass book, “The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams: A Toolkit for Collaborating across Boundaries.”  She is a frequent presenter at the Academy of Management annual meetings and joined the Organization Change and Development Board as a Scholar-Practitioner industry representative from 2007-2010. She most recently has been a guest lecturer in Canberra, Australia for Queensland University of Technology on Complex Program Leadership for their Executive Education and EMBA programs.   

Lorea Belle Seidel, M.Ed., SPHR is Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Associate Director of Human Resources at Southern Methodist University.
Lorea Belle Seidel PhotoLearning is a lifelong theme both personally and professionally for Lorea. At Texas Tech University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing followed by a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. During graduate school, she became fascinated with human behavior within the world of work and focused her counseling doctoral studies on organizational behavior. She draws upon this diverse educational background in addition to her experience in human resources, career and personal counseling, business and non-profit management to provide oversight for a variety of programs at SMU.
Lorea is responsible for the Organizational Effectiveness team and additional cross-functional teams that provide staff and faculty with professional development opportunities, new employee and manager orientation, internal consulting, employee relations counseling, leadership coaching services, employee recognition programs, work-life services, and wellness programming. Internal consulting services may include strategic planning, graphic facilitation, organizational design, systems improvement, and change management. Recently, Lorea has begun exploring how the emerging body of research connected with positive psychology can be applied to support the development of a high performing and highly-engaged work culture. Lorea’s areas of expertise include leadership coaching, interpersonal communications, creative thinking tools, employee engagement and retention strategies, performance management, personality and work-style assessment, priority management, team dynamics, and career development.

[ This was the  LinkedIn Event ]      April 12, 2012




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