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Effectiveness & Engagement
in Today’s Virtual Organizations
Have you noticed that almost every organization now has a significant “virtual” component? While virtual organizations offer many potential advantages they also come with many challenges. Reaching the full potential for virtual work will usually require a new or different approach to leadership and engagement at all levels. In this session we will focus on the special needs that are unique or especially difficult for virtual teams.
We will explore a framework for analyzing the differences and needs of virtual organizations, along with some possible strategies for addressing the key challenges. We will also tap into the wisdom and expertise of the attendees to validate the proposed framework and further develop some actions and practices based on our own experiences.
Spoiler Alert: Some face to face interaction is always beneficial! So despite the irony, it’s OK that we are meeting in-person to discuss virtual challenges! Please join us and contribute your insights and/or approaches to this timely discussion.
Facilitators: Jim Jameson, Dave Reazin, and Marilyn Sutherland
We look forward to seeing you on September 8 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
University of Dallas – SB Hall, Serafy Special Events Room *
Campus: 1845 East Northgate Drive, Irving, TX 75062 (972-721-5000)
>> 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.
Jim Jameson is a Change Management Consultant at Noah Consulting. His work is mainly in the areas of Change Management, Collaboration, KM, 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.
Dave Reazin is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 6. He is a member of the Community Infrastructure Section that provides federal grants to state agencies to improve water and wastewater utility infrastructure. He also promotes energy management practices through workshops and webinars.
His organizational development interests are in building high performing teams and organizational change using internet technology. His academic background includes a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Geology from Indiana University and an MBA in Management from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Marilyn Sutherland, PHR, is a Communications and Change Management Consultant for Noah Consulting. Her OD work at Noah focuses on Change Management in the forms of Business Readiness, Project Implementation, and Sustained Deployments to ensure project benefits are achieved where success depends on adoption.
Prior to joining Noah, Marilyn was an independent organizational development and human resources consultant for 13 years. She also held consulting roles at Accenture and IBM. Marilyn received her M.S. in Organizational Learning from George Mason University and her B.S. in Psychology & Sociology from The University of Pittsburgh.
We look forward to seeing you there!