Category Archives: Meetings-2018

January – Organizations & OD of the Future (01/11/18)

Please join us on Thursday January 11 at University of Dallas (Irving)*
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Organizations & OD of the Future:
Where Today?  Where Tomorrow?  Am I ready?

We live in a VUCA (Volatile – Uncertain – Complex – Ambiguous) organizational world that is confusing and in constant flux. Bob Johansen (“The New Leadership Literacies” – Barrett-Koehler 2017) tells us that we need to look 10 years into the future to gain “foresight.” That foresight will give us “insight” about today which we can use to determine “actions” to take in 2018.

Join us for a mind twisting look at organizations 10 years from now and how we as leaders and consultants will need to change in order to succeed in the world of “shape-shifting organizations,” “fluid, temporary hierarchies,” “distributed everything,” “extreme dilemmas,” and “constant disruption!”

By the way, the field of Organization Development is a little bit fuzzy. What is inside the OD boundaries and what is out? We will address that topic through a brief discussion of the future oriented “Global OD Practice Framework” being developed by the OD Network  ( We will also assess ourselves against the Framework so that we can identify personal opportunities for self-development and contribution in 2018. Our colleague Glen Earl has been working on the team developing that Framework and will provide color commentary and insight on it.

If you work hard and focus you can walk out with a beginning outline for a “Personal Development & Contribution Plan” for 2018.  Please join us on 1/11 for what should be a great kickoff for the new year!

Facilitator:  Pete Sorenson  —  Strategic Organization Design  {see full Bio below}

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Schedule for Thursday Evening 1/11:
–  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)

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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:  Lot Q, along Dominican Lane (just northeast of the building), or Lot L (to the southwest).

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

Facilitator Bio:  Peter Jay Sorenson, CMC® 

Pete’s professional focus is to collaborate on and discover and create the next generation of organization design technology that can match the speed of change and disruption in this volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous, (VUCA) digitally fueled world. And on developing the next generation of organization designers that will make this world work from a values, effectiveness, and efficiency points of view.

He is known for his ability to see the big picture, make sense of messes, and lead teams to resolve complex issues.  He relates well to people from all stations of life, speaks frankly, and has a practical eye for getting things done.

He currently serves as the President of the Socio-Technical Systems Roundtable and is an Adjunct Lecturer of Engineering Management, Information, and Systems in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University.

In his consulting Pete’s clients come mostly from the High Tech, Healthcare, and Energy Sectors. He has also been deeply involved in humanitarian initiatives around the world.

We look forward to seeing you there!