By Intent or By Default?
We are ill prepared to handle the organization design challenges of either today or the future.
We are faced with an amazingly complex and changing world in which most organizations are designed to solve problems that existed 5 to 10 years ago. We are on organization design autopilot. We are designing by default, not with intention.
So how do we get out of default mode and begin to intentionally design our organizations to achieve the outcomes the world needs?
In this discussion we will examine some basic concepts about the organizational environment we inhabit and several approaches and sets of principles that people are using to imaginatively approach our organization design challenges. Examples will come from healthcare, oil and gas, education, manufacturing, high-tech, and the not-for-profit sectors. These will not be glib, flash-in-the-pan, fad-bound solutions. They will be organization design elements and approaches that you will need to thoughtfully consider as you dive in to your challenges.
You will walk away with some concepts with which you can weave an approach to organization design and several tangible actions that may help you wrangle the wild organization design dawgies that are in your corral, pasture, or the wide open prairie. And you will craft a learning agenda for yourself that can carry you into a well designed future.
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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
– 6:30 Networking / Food / Intros
– 7:15 Announcements / Program
– 8:45 Closing and evaluation
Meeting Location: University of Dallas – Art History Bldg, Room 112
1845 East Northgate Drive, Irving, TX 75062 (972-721-5000) *
>> Click for Satellite Mapof the building and parking (with lat/long)
Parking: Available in various places across the campus.
Cost: No charge for members ($60/year). $10 for guests.
Speaker BIO — Peter Jay Sorenson
Pete 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 of 2013 Pete was given the prestigious “Sharing the Wealth Award” from the Organization Development Network for “generosity of knowledge, mentorship of others, and empowerment of communities.”
We look forward to seeing you there!