Hello everyone! I am going to be attending your meeting on May 25th and will be talking with you about a very different way of understanding our organizations and our experiences in them. Back in 2009, my colleague, Bonnie Cooper and I presented at the Organization Development conference in Seattle on the topic: Complex Responsive Processes – Challenging Systems Thinking. We have subsequently talked with groups in San Diego and Houston in a similar way and it is this perspective on which our work in organization development is focused.
On May 25th the topic will be similar but just like any topic, we continually learn and change and that will be represented in what is covered that evening.
We have about an hour and it will be the interactions you have with others focusing on the things I will surface that will be of most value and there will be some good time to interact.
If you would like to have a look at the topic here are some relevant blog posts:
- A summary of our experience presenting in Seattle with a link to the material we used – http://tmsamericas.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/reflections-on-the-od-network-conference-%e2%80%93-seattle-2009/
- A review of the OD conference by their press person which talks about our session near the end – http://tmsamericas.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/talk-matters-by-lynee-brown/
- A critique of one of the most mainstream ways of understanding organizations – http://tmsamericas.wordpress.com/2009/08/26/problems-with-the-creative-tension-model/
- A look at causality in organizations – http://tmsamericas.wordpress.com/2008/01/31/sh_-_-happens-but-what-causes-it/
It would be great to have some pre session discussion on this blog so please add comments as you see fit and perhaps we can get some good interaction happening prior to May 25th which would make the session just that much better!
See you in May – Tom Gibbons