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Organizational Change Beginning with Stakeholders

How has the economic shift impacted your organization, your culture and your employees? With the significant changes in the world, is there any organization that has not had to make major changes in how they operate? Whether private or public, how our organizations work and how we determine success has changed.  We have seen and heard of a lack of accountability in key financial areas with the integrity of important people or organizations being called into question. The level of accountability is even higher for organizations. Most organizations will look more at facilities, money and lose focus on their most valuable resources – their employees. Organizations are required to more with less. How do they do this while gaining commitment from employees who are looking for a work-life balance? How do we bring together employee and the organizations need with an eye to the return ratio?

Working with a large organization recently, I heard from several people that they operate in silos. Like so many organization, this one is at a cross roads, the status quo has been challenged. This organization has the opportunity to create a new future, if they pick up the challenge and engage in successful initiatives.

There is sound evidence that our happiness is directly linked to our psychological and physical well-being. The mid-century view from Maslow was “The science of psychology has been far more successful on the negative than on the positive side. It is as if psychology has voluntarily restricted itself to only half its rightful jurisdiction, and that, the darker, meaner half (Maslow, 1954, p. 354).” This century the focus is the understanding of human emotion and how positive psychology contributes to health and happiness. And in true scientific fashion, there is debate on what this means and what is the value, if any, of positive psychology.

Most organizations are still operating with the 1954 model! How organizations treat their stakeholders, how they engage dialogue during any change initiative determines the outcome of such an adventure. In the 2006 issue of The Journal of Positive Psychology, the authors challenged their peers. They laid out a plan for current and future psychologists to assess, to respond to and to potentially find applications within their practice. They brought in the stakeholders!

This change in psychology can be compared to the change within an organization, that it is inevitable and that the people in charge of such change have competence, legitimacy and passion for leading that change.

Working with individuals and organizations looking to Appreciative Inquiry for positive change we are now challenged to dig deeper into how change occurs within organization. We have experienced the high of a simple training exercise or full scale summit using AI. The energy and the employee engagement for change is there and it’s glorious and they are ready to take off.  Does this excitement realize actual lasting change in organizational culture? Because the energy is there, the passion is highlighted, the shared values are expressed and open commitments are made, many people think this is it. That our work is done for this project is done. One day and that energy is now on auto-drive. The work indeed, is just beginning. The generative value of AI and how we maximize that value is crucial. Gervase Bushe in his research has found that this AI’s real power is in the ability to focus on the preferred future. He states “Rather than planning and controlling, leadership needs to look for any and all acts that move the organization in the desired direction and find ways to support and amplify those efforts. I call this tracking (looking for where what you want more of already exists) and fanning (adding oxygen to a small fire to create a blaze)” Bushe, OD Practitioner, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp30-35, 2007).

Change begins with employees and other stakeholders.  Engaging employees in the Company story, finding what makes them happy and fills them with gratitude.

The organization noted earlier in this paper will need to gain commitment from their employees to create a silo-less culture. How they begin this inquiry is crucial. What do the employees see as their preferred future? By focusing on the positive does not mean that you do not evaluate problems and take any actions necessary to fix them. To understand what gives employees gratitude, appreciation and happiness you focus on what they want more of? How can we do things differently? What actions will employees commit to?

Organizations that succeed know that it is not about the perks – it’s about the culture. These organizations support the whole person and the whole person is engaged in the organization. The organization is seen by employees and clients as a community.  Developing this type of organization is not a linear process but rather a meandering path that may have a few bumps along the way. Some tips for this organization and others who are seeking change:

Look at your culture: Do your employees live the culture? Do they have a belief in the organizational mission? Does the organization operate with integrity? Is learning valued in the organization?

Is there an emphasis on your most valuable asset – your employees? How is the whole balance of the employee viewed? Is management top-down? Flat? Does top management model the organizations values?

Are employees and stakeholders proud of the organizational mission? Does the mission speak of integrity, value and empowerment?

Organizations may or may not have the ability or skills to evaluate their effectiveness and their readiness for change. They may need advice on change management or how to facilitate dialogue through these changes by an experienced facilitator with a strong background in traditional organization development and Appreciative Inquiry. “AI can be generative in a number of ways. It is the quest for new ideas, images, theories and models that liberate our collective aspirations, alter the social construction of reality and, in the process, make available decisions and actions that weren’t available or didn’t occur to us” (Bushe).

Resource: http://www.gervasebushe.ca/AI_pos.pdf

AIFT – Las Vegas

Las Vegas StripTitle: Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training©

Location: Las Vegas

Link out: Click here

Description: Registration is now open for this powerful four day training. At the end of AIFT© intensive four day training, participants will have the skills and foundation to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry sessions. Learn to guide organizations, groups and communities consciously and deliberately shift their collective ways of being and seeing to an appreciative approach, that will help them focus on what’s right in their organization, group or community, rather than on what’s wrong, so that they can deeply inquire into what’s right and why, and then find ways of intentionally creating more of what’s right in their organization, group or community.

This program has been developed and is presented by the Center for Appreciative Inquiry to provide a cost effective way for communities, people and organizations to dialogue and action for creating positive change.

If you would like more information about this workshop or would like to register, email Kathy at Kathy@companyofexperts.net

Start Date: 2010-02-10
End Date: 2010-02-13

Learning Styles

Designed For:

Learning StylesNew and Experienced Teachers (Pre-K to College Level) this workshop is designed for you.

Deans, Department Chairs  – anyone who oversees the budget, evaluation and oversight of instructional programs – understanding how learning occurs is fundamental to your success on the job.

Why:

Increase your methodologies and strategies to improve your students’ success.

Outcomes:

  • Assess and understand your preferred learning styles.
  • Aware of how your learning style(s) impacts your teaching.
  • Ability to challenge and support learners based on learning strengths.
  • Ability to create lessons based on Kolb’s theory.
  • Ability to create lessons using other learning styles.
  • Ability to receive and give feedback to support learning.

Materials Required:

This workshop may require books, materials, online assessments, or the use of proprietary software which typically will be included in the cost of the workshop.

Customize Your Training:

Company of Experts, Inc. delivers its workshops in a variety of ways: on-site, hybrid, or online; providing users with the option to decide which learning method works best for their organization and/or individual.

To learn more about the location, price, availability, or to register for this workshop, please email Kathy at Kathy@CompanyofExperts.net

Space is limited, guarantee yourself a spot today!

Enhancing Organizational Climate & Culture

Designed For:

meetingEveryone who works for a living-no matter what the organization or industry-education, law, banking, tech corporations, this workshop is ideal for everyone including managers and executives

Why:

TBD

Outcomes:

  • Diagnose your college’s culture(s) and climate (Birnbaum)
  • Identify appropriate strategies for bringing about change within that culture and climate
  • Improve your ability to successfully lead change projects
  • Apply and teach others what you’ve learned

Materials Required:

This workshop may require books, materials, online assessments, or the use of proprietary software which typically will be included in the cost of the workshop.

Customize Your Training:

Company of Experts, Inc. delivers its workshops in a variety of ways: on-site, hybrid, or online; providing users with the option to decide which learning method works best for their organization and/or individual.

To learn more about the location, price, availability, or to register for this workshop, please email Kathy at Kathy@CompanyofExperts.net

Space is limited, guarantee yourself a spot today!

Health & Wellness

Designed For:

meditate-at-workEveryone who works for a living-no matter what the organization or industry-education, law, banking, tech corporations, this workshop is ideal for everyone including managers and executives.

Why:

TBD

Outcomes:

  • Manage stress successfully
  • Cope with change
  • Stay healthy and well
  • Apply and teach others what you’ve learn

Materials Required:

This workshop may require books, materials, online assessments, or the use of proprietary software which typically will be included in the cost of the workshop.

Customize Your Training:

Company of Experts, Inc. delivers its workshops in a variety of ways: on-site, hybrid, or online; providing users with the option to decide which learning method works best for their organization and/or individual.

To learn more about the location, price, availability, or to register for this workshop, please email Kathy at Kathy@CompanyofExperts.net

Space is limited, guarantee yourself a spot today!

Communicating

Designed For:

CommunicationEveryone who works for a living-no matter what the organization or industry-education, law, banking, tech corporations, this workshop is ideal for everyone including managers and executives.

Why:

Communications need to be both effective and reasonably efficient. Communication is the interpersonal process of sending and receiving symbols with messages. It is the foundation for all interpersonal relationships. We communicate to influence, to inform, to control and to inspire.

Outcomes:

  • Apply the concepts of task, process or method, and relationship as they relate to interpersonal communications
  • Decide when to use written and when to use oral communications
  • Become more aware of your social style and its relationship to your communication style
  • Assess your own communication patterns in your interpersonal relationships
  • Apply the two-way process of communication in:  (a) Listening, and (b) Giving and receiving feedback
  • Disclose yourself to others truthfully and freely
  • Apply and teach others what you’ve learned

Materials Required:

This workshop may require books, materials, online assessments, or the use of proprietary software which typically will be included in the cost of the workshop.

Customize Your Training:

Company of Experts, Inc. delivers its workshops in a variety of ways: on-site, hybrid, or online; providing users with the option to decide which learning method works best for their organization and/or individual.

To learn more about the location, price, availability, or to register for this workshop, please email Kathy at Kathy@CompanyofExperts.net

Space is limited, guarantee yourself a spot today!

Building Teams

Designed For:

Team BuildingEveryone who works for a living-no matter what the organization or industry-education, law, banking, tech corporations, this workshop is ideal for everyone including managers and executives.

Why:

Successful Teams don’t just Happen.Supervisors, managers and co-workers work under pressure and deadlines. Employee morale and productivity are important for everyone to work in. In this time of our changing corporate and employment environment developing high quality and high output teams are more crucial than ever.

Outcomes:

  • Apply the concepts of group dynamics (task, process or method, and relationship) in a team environment
  • Assess your strengths in building a team
  • Assess your personal orientation toward trust as a team leader
  • Understand the dimensions of trust orientation
  • Lead teams through the five stages of group development (Tuckman)
  • Apply and teach others what you’ve learned

Materials Required:

This workshop may require books, materials, online assessments, or the use of proprietary software which typically will be included in the cost of the workshop.

Customize Your Training:

Company of Experts, Inc. delivers its workshops in a variety of ways: on-site, hybrid, or online; providing users with the option to decide which learning method works best for their organization and/or individual.

To learn more about the location, price, availability, or to register for this workshop, please email Kathy at Kathy@CompanyofExperts.net

Space is limited, guarantee yourself a spot today!

Clients

Search our client list by clicking on a letter groups that contains the first letter of the organization’s name:

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  • @ONE, CA
  • Agilent Technologies, CA
  • Aims Community College, CO
  • Albuquerque Technical and Vocational Institute, NM
  • Allan Hancock College, CA
  • Amarillo College, TX
  • American Association of Community Colleges, DC
  • American River College, CA
  • Anne Arundel Community College, MD
  • Anne Oliver, Consultant, CA
  • Antelope Valley College, CA
  • Archer School for Girls, CA
  • Arrowhead University Consortium, MN
  • Asnuntuck Community College, CT
  • ASPCA, WA
  • Association of California Community College Administrators, CA
  • Association of California Human Resource Officers/Affirmative Action Officers, CA
  • Automobile Club of  Southern California, CA
  • Bakersfield College, CA
  • Bates Technical College, WA
  • Bellevue Community College, WA
  • Bentley School, CA
  • Bismark State College, ND
  • Black Hawk College, IL
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, VA
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company,  NJ
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology, British Columbia
  • Brookhaven College, TX
  • Broome Community College, NY
  • Bryan Neuberg, Consultant, CA
  • Butte College, CA
  • Cabrillo College, CA
  • California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), CA
  • California Association of Independent Schools, CA
  • California Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development (4C/SD), CA
  • California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program (CCCEWD), CA
  • California Culinary Academy, CA
  • California Fish and Game Department, CA
  • California Information Systems Officers’ Association, CA
  • California Mineral Education Foundation, CA
  • California State University at Bakersfield, CA
  • California State University at Chico, CA
  • California State University at Sacramento, CA
  • California Virtual Campus, CA
  • Camosun College, British Columbia
    Canada College, CA
  • Canadore College, Ontario
  • Carol Larlee, Consultant, British Columbia
  • Cascadia Community College, WA
  • Centennial College, Ontario
    Center for Learning Connections, WA
  • Central Arizona College, AZ
  • Central Oregon College, OR
  • Centre for Curriculum, Transfer & Technology, British Columbia
    Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology, British Columbia, Canada
  • Cerritos College, CA
  • Chabot College, CA
  • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, CA
  • Chaffey College, CA
  • Chair Academy, AZ
  • Chambers of Commerce (Chico, Lodi, Marysville, Sacramento, San Rafael, San Ramon Valley, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Yuba City/Sutter, CA)
  • Chancellor’s Office, California Community Colleges, CA
  • Children in Crisis
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citrus College, CA
  • City College of San Francisco, CA
  • City of Mississauga, Ontario
  • City of Richmond, British Columbia
  • Clackamas Community College, OR
  • Clarian Health Partners, Indianapolis, IA
  • Clarion University at Venango, PA
  • Clinton Community College, IA
  • Coast Community College District, CA
  • Coastline Community College, CA
  • Coffeyville Community College, KS
  • College of Alameda, CA
  • College of Marin, CA
  • College of San Mateo, CA
  • College of the Canyons, CA
  • College of the Desert, CA
  • College of the Redwoods, CA
  • College of the Sequoias, CA
  • Colorado Mountain College, CO
  • Columbia College, CA
  • Columbia College, MO
  • Columbia Gorge Community College, OR
  • Community College League of California, CA
  • Compton Community College, CA
  • Concordia University, Quebec
  • Condiotti Enterprises, Inc., CA
  • Connecticut Community-Technical Colleges, CT
  • Constructive Choices, Inc., NM
  • Contra Costa College, CA
  • Contra Costa Community College District, CA
  • Copper Mountain College, CA
  • Cosumnes River College, CA
  • Council on Aging, CA
  • Counterbalance Consulting, LLC, CT
  • Cuyamaca College, CA
  • Cypress College, CA
  • Dallas County Community College District, TX
  • Dean College, MA
  • DeAnza College, CA
  • DeKalb College, GA
  • Delgado Community College, LA
  • Delta College, MI
  • Diablo Valley College, CA
  • Dona Ana Branch Community College, NM
  • Douglas Community College, British Columbia
  • East Aurora School District, IL
  • East Central College, MO
  • East Los Angeles College, CA
  • East-West Center, HI
  • Edison Community College, OH
  • El Camino College, CA
  • El Centro College, TX
  • El Paso Community College, TX
  • Encompass Consultants, Inc., British Columbia
  • Etec Systems Inc.
  • Eureka! Business Management, LTD, BC
  • Ever Higher, LLC, OR
  • Evergreen Valley College, CA