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    Building Psychological Capital

    • January 13, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Building Psychological Capital…

    Learn how to build Psychological Capital from the new field of Positive Psychology.  Psychological Capital (PsyCap) is the motivational propensity to achieve and is constructed from hope, self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism.  PsyCap is significantly related to important outcomes such as engagement, organizational commitment, stress, well-being, turnover intentions and performance.  This event will introduce the research around PsyCap and train participants how to increase their own PsyCap to better reach their own goals.  These skills are essential for coaches, leaders and trainers.

    About Our Presenter:  Jennifer Thompson

    Jennifer Thompson has combined her career as a business psychologist with the newest field of positive psychology and its effect on organizations and individuals. As an expert in statistics and research methodology, Jennifer can measure unseen phenomena in organizations and their effects on company culture. Through her PhD in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and a Certification in Positive Psychology, Jennifer brings together a strong scientific background paired with the latest research on emotions and motivation to generate a powerful result.

    Jennifer has the capacity to take complex scientific information and break it down simply for general audiences. She uses adult learning principles to make training engaging and change behaviors.  Jennifer has been a professor in Business Psychology at The Chicago School  for over 15 years.  She has experience in the airline, technology, and healthcare industries.

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    Dialogic OD and Generative Change

    • March 10, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Dialogic Organization Development and Generative Change: Helping Leaders Lead Emergent Change

    Gervase will provide a brief overview to Dialogic Organization Development, and then describe some of his work in helping leaders understand emergent change approaches and help them develop the capacity to lead an emergent, generative change process.  Dialogic Organization Development (OD) is a mindset about leadership and organizational change based on conclusions from three decades of studying successful transformational change. Focusing on the patterns of thinking and organizing that emerge from networks of meaning-making, the intent of Dialogic OD is to promote rapid transformation by disrupting (or working with the current disruption of) current patterns and engaging the right people in conversations that generate new, more useful ideas, meanings and beliefs to better manage complex problems and create more agile, adaptive teams and organizations. It encompasses a variety of methods, from one-on-one coaching to very large group events. The Generative Change Model is the focus of Gervase’s most recent book, The Dynamics of Generative Change, and helps managers and consultants understand how to lead an agile, rapid, transformation effort.

     About our Presenter — Dr. Gervase Bushe

    Gervase (pronounced Jervis) Bushe is the Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser U in Vancouver, Canada.  His career spans four decades of transforming organizational structures, cultures and processes away from command and control toward more collaborative work systems.  He is an award-winning author of over 100 papers and four books on organizational change, leadership, teams and teamwork. Gervase has consulted to blue chip corporations and start-ups, public sector and business corporations, in a variety of sectors. Clear Leadership (2009) has been translated into 7 languages and over 100 certified facilitators have trained tens of thousands of managers in North America, Europe and Asia in his models and methods.  Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change, co-edited with Robert Marshak (2015) builds on his ground-breaking research into processes of generative leadership and change, and is transforming the OD discipline. In 2019 he co-founded the Bushe-Marshak Institute for Dialogic OD, which offers online courses and certification in Dialogic OD,  and is the editor of the BMI Series in Dialogic Organization Development. Since 2016 HR Magazine in the UK has identified him as one of the 30 most influential HR Thinkers. In the last ranking he was 12th. A chapter on his life and work appears in the Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers.  For more information and links to his papers go to www.gervasebushe.ca

    For more information, contact Maggie Shreve at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730.0041 (mobile/text)
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    Leading with Emotional Intelligence

    • February 10, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Leading with Emotional Intelligence…


    As an organizational development professional, you required excellent skills to get you to where you are now in your professional career. But if you are to progress to the next level in your career or you want to be a more effective leader, what will that require? We now have over 3 decades of research on emotional intelligence (EI). Yale University has its Centre for the Study of EI. Google, Nike, Amazon and Microsoft base their leadership development programs on one specific model of EI. And the World Economic Forum has identified EI as a top employment skill for 2020. And yet, the concept of EI or EQ remains poorly understood by many. What exactly is EI/EQ and why is it so important for professionals who work with organizations? Join David Cory, coach and leadership development specialist, as he shares with you what you need to know.

    Learning Objective #1: Explain what we mean by emotional intelligence and how it can help organization development professionals be better leaders and progress in their careers to the next level

    Learning Objective #2: Describe one of the world’s leading models of emotional intelligence

    Learning Objective #3: Take away 5 Keys for Developing Emotional Intelligence Competencies

    The presentation will be virtually through zoom.

    About Our Presenter — David Cory
    David Cory is a leadership development coach, trainer, and consultant known for his expertise in applying the concept of emotional intelligence to individual and organizational performance improvement. David founded one of the first companies in North America to focus on the development of leadership based on emotional intelligence in 1998. In the course of his work, David has been an invited guest of the Sultan of Brunei, worked under armed guard in Nigeria, been kicked out of a restricted area in Saudi Arabia, chased by an elephant in Zambia, and sang for royalty in Malaysia. David’s company completed the design of a leadership course based on emotional intelligence for the citizens of the Republic of Botswana. Finally, David was a key-note speaker at an international EQ conference at the Harvard Medical School in 2013 and was the closing Key-Note speaker at the Asia HRD Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 2016. Clients include the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) and the Treasury Board Secretariat of the federal government of Canada.


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    Annual Holiday Party

    • December 9, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Annual Holiday Party Hosted by your Board

    Thursday, December 9th, 6pm till 8:15 pm

    Join us Thursday, December 9th, for our annual holiday/end-of-year virtual celebration! Our theme this year will be the North Pole Cafe, a world cafe event to review what we’ve done this year and talk about our 2022 plans for ODN/C.

    Jump into different conversations with other OD professionals to hear emerging concepts and take in unique perspectives. This event is always a fun opportunity to grow your network and learn something new. Don’t miss your chance to soak up the good cheer!

    Hosted by your Board of Directors.

    Let’s hope we can end 2021 without a pandemic into 2022!!

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    Polarities, MBTI, Jambord — What a Combo!

    • November 11, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
    In our highly divided world, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of either/or, right/wrong thinking.  And yet all that seems to accomplish is having people retrench to their own positions.
    Barry Johnson’s Polarity thinking, introduced to the OD community in the 80s and 90s is at once an insight, a methodology, and a tool and provides a way of exploring the energy in poles to further communication, uncover hidden meanings, diffuse “stuck” situations, and provide new strategic perspectives.
    Whether you’re an “old hand” at using Polarities or about to discover them for the first time our November program will combine a few novel twists so that everyone will experience something new.
    First, we’ll be examining Polarities through the lens of another old favorite — the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI.  The MBTI pairs are, in fact, polarities and exploring them in that context will unleash valuable new perspectives.
    Second, we will conduct our exploration through the use of  Jamboard, an online Google workspace that takes the place of slides and opens every idea to collaboration and participation.  If you’ve used Jamboard, you know how much energy it can add to the virtual experience—if you haven’t, you’re about to find out.

    About our facilitators:  Neesa Sweet and Jerry Sullivan

    Neesa Sweet studied for many years with Barry Johnson and brings a Polarity perspective to consulting, coaching, facilitation and learning experiences.  She also believes in the power of assessments such as MBTI to help people understand themselves and others.  She is formerly the Director of Learning and Development for the Chicago Sun-Times and a former president of ODN/C.  She consults to a wide variety of companies and institutions as she helps them live their mission by facilitating change, capability, communication, design and alignment.
    Her company is the Braided River Group of Highland Park, Illinois. The name itself is a geological metaphor for organizational change.  Like the braided rivers which run below glaciers, creating, changing pathways on a consistent course; effective companies balance flexibility with direction and vision.

    Jerry Sullivan produces and moderates virtual events for Fortune 500 companies on subjects as diverse as communications skills and emotional intelligence. He won an Emmy Award for coverage of the Seoul Olympic games.

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    Diagnose and Develop Team Health

    • October 14, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Diagnose and Develop Team Health

    Teams are where we get work done, especially if you’re working on something ambitious and innovative. Yet, teamwork is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic as teams become more distributed, diverse, and matrixed. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore what makes teams effective and how teams can improve how they work together. You’ll walk away with a framework to use as you assess team dynamics and some ideas to put into practice as you support team leaders on their journey to develop team performance.

    About Our Presenter:  Trista Taylor

    Trista Taylor, is the Founder/CEO of Regroup, a team development company focused on helping leaders develop thriving teams. Prior to founding Regroup, Trista was at Google for 11 years where she operationalized Project Aristotle and helped hundreds of teams improve how they worked together. She lives in Seattle with her spouse and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, snowboarding, camping, and vacationing in Hawaii.

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    Truth Talk

    • Truth Talk
      August 11, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Truth Talk: You are an Instrument of Change

    NOTE:  Change of day to Wednesday, August 11th

    Jen Todd will take us on a deep dive to explore ourselves as instruments of change. She will enhance our self- awareness and better understand the link between self as instrument and our impact as OD Practitioners.  Jen will also help us understand what it means to be in and out of alignment mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually and how that impacts the people and systems with which  we work.

    She will take us through an experience to get us centered so we can be a more grounded, clear and powerful. Jen will also share about her new book, Daily Nuggets of Truth, and how holistic personal growth makes a difference in all that we do.

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    About Our Facilitator:  Jen Todd

    Jennifer (Jen) Todd, Founder and CEO of Breakthrough Partners, Inc., is an experienced coach and consultant. She supports leaders in developing the attitudes and behaviors needed for high performance, discovering their purpose and achieving their missions. Her business strategy and organization development background, coupled with her deep expertise in human behavior and personal change, allow her a breakthrough approach in her coaching that powerfully transforms leaders and teams.

    She is gifted at uncovering the truth and inspiring deep life-changing insights that translate into measurable behavior change. She has acclaimed results with individuals and executive leadership teams in helping them uncover their purpose and path. She has led multiple large scale culture change programs at Financial Services Companies that significantly increased leadership development, employee engagement, teamwork and inclusion.

    Jen’s clients over the years include C-level Executives, Vice Presidents, Directors, leaders at all levels, internal HR/OD Professionals and entrepreneurs. Some of her clients include PwC, Deloitte, Allstate Insurance Company, ADP, Healthcare Services Corporation and various private firms. Prior to establishing the business, she held various roles advising leaders on organizational change, HR, Operations and consulting roles with Arthur Andersen and AON Consulting.

    Jen holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, an Executive Business Program. During the program, Jennifer led multiple international consulting projects and wrote a thesis on the Effectiveness of Competency Models. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Michigan State University.

    Jen is a certified in the House model, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is trained in whole system transformation, Gestalt methods of coaching and consulting and is a guest Faculty for the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

    She has published a book www.dailynuggestsoftruth.com, coaching articles, a blog and a book chapter on her success with large scale transformation http://breakthroughpartner.com/PDFs/WST_Chapter_PractingOD_final.pdf

    She is passionate about women’s empowerment and founded a mission in Africa that has impacted tens of thousands of people in indigenous Kenya. She lives on a small lake outside of Detroit with her daughter, Kenya, and in her personal time she loves yoga, personal growth, and boating on her lake.

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    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Project

    • July 6, 2021 - October 27, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


    DEI Project (Tuesdays in July)

    How do we learn to practice Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our professional and personal lives?

    An earlier ODN/Chicago program prompted us to examine how well we, as OD practitioners or students, are inclusive and equitable in our work.  This led to a July project which meets via Zoom on Tuesday evenings.


    The group meets on multiple evenings from 6 to 8-ish (Schedule is evolving) .  The cost is $30 per person, regardless of your membership status in ODN/C.  The process is as follows:

    1.  You’ll receive a Zoom link for the meetings on July 6, 13, 20, an d 27.
    2.  Pay your fee through our website registration process, knowing this is not a one-time event but four separate meetings occuring weekly for a month.
    3.  Take (or review) the Intercultural Assessment for self-reflection and follow-up.
    4.  After the group starts meeting, it will select a book for continued discussion.  You will be asked to read the book along with the rest of the group.
    5.  Discussion will include learnings from the self-assessment and establishing personal goals.
    6.  Book discussions should lead to putting our learnings into practice.
    7.  This is a pilot project.  As such, we are developing as we go along.  Thanks for your patience with and contribution to this process.

    For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Dalzell Murphy, drdeb@murphymanagementpartners.com


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    Open Mic OD Talent Night

    • July 8, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Open Mic OD Talent Night!

    Join us on Thursday, July 8th for our annual membership meeting and a special program featuring our homegrown OD talent!
    This is a call for all members – come share an 8-minute presentation on your specialty with the Chicago OD network. Maybe you’re writing a book or a blog, employing a new tool or system, or have a successful approach on a foundational OD concept. This is your chance to practice your presentation in a safe environment of your peers. If interested, please submit a brief description or outline to admin@odnchicago.org as soon as possible.   
    This is a great opportunity to learn what your peers are doing. Join us for this fun and interesting event!
    In following tradition, we will be introducing the new Board and this program will be free of charge. Come and bring a friend!
    Your ODN/C Board of Directors
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    5 Universal Truths About Change

    • June 10, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    5 Universal Truths…

    Jason Little has spent the greater part of the last seven  years traveling the world and asking change agents of all disciplines in countless organizations why the changes they were working on weren’t working.  Why were they  getting stuck and how they might jiggle them loose? 
    We live in a world where we’re in a rush to create yet another best practice method in order to magically fix our transformations. It turns out we’ve known the answer all along, and it sure isn’t about the process, method or framework we follow.
    In this program, Jason will share the patterns, philosophies and stories he has collected that will help us see change and transformation through a different set of lenses so we can focus on what matters

    About Our Presenter:  Jason Little

    Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change.

    In 2008 he attended an experiential learning conference about how people experience change and since then, he’s been writing, and speaking, all over the world about helping organizations discover more effective practices for managing organizational change. He is the author of Lean Change Management and an international speaker who has spoken all over the world from Canada, the US, Finland, Germany, Australia, Belgium and more.


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