Innovation & OD

  • August 10, 2017
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our program will explore how OD practices can support innovation at the various stages of a business’s growth cycle.

  • Start-Ups We will discuss the unique needs of start-ups and the various organizations in Chicago that support these businesses as they go from concept to viable proven businesses.
  • Rapidly Growing Businesses We will then examine the challenges faced by businesses after they have proven their business concept and begin to experience explosive growth and demand for their products and services. We will explore the extensive OD interventions needed to build the infrastructure and capabilities necessary to be successful in this phase.
  • Mature Businesses We will then examine the needs of mature businesses as they take steps to create, nurture and sustain an entrepreneurial culture.

Our approach will include a panel discussion, Q&A and a group exercise as a means to creating an engaging learning experience.

Our presenters will include

  • George Vukotich is currently Managing Partner at FinTank, a newly established incubator for Financial Industry start-ups. As Senior VP of Programming, George also played a key role in establishing 1871 as the nation’s most successful incubator. George has extensive experience as a Leadership Development and OD Consultant and has worked for companies such as BP/Amoco and Navistar. George holds a PhD in Organization Development with a focus on Organization Culture.
  • Michael McGovern, Principal at Turn-Key Performance Solutions. Mike has extensive experience in the practice of OD in mature businesses such as Abbott Labs, BP/Amoco and Navistar. Mike also possesses a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from Loyola University of Chicago. Mike’s areas of expertise include Leadership Development, Organizational Development and Change Management.

Liquid Leadership & Change

  • September 14, 2017
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Change is constant and happening all around us. This session will highlight that change is not linear and leading through change (a responsibility of top leadership) is essential. We will also share more about a concept called “liquid change,” explore what it means and how it applies to your organization. Through engaging interaction, we will discuss how we as practitioners, can encourage a fluid approach to managing change within our own organizations.

Expand Your Impact: An Experiment with OD Peers – Support, Strategy & Influence

  • October 12, 2017
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

As we each support others who are facing today’s accelerating change, here is a chance to coach each other in making a greater difference. It begins in this peer coaching evening; you may continue to sharpen your impact in three online peer coaching sessions over the next three months.

The evening starts with two of the latest models of impact and effectiveness, the Strategic Action System and OASIS Conversations. In small groups, we will each review a project we face, large or small, exploring potentially larger outcomes we may achieve and next steps we can take.

This ODNC experiment in action learning will continue in a small virtual group: two online Zoom interactions and a one-to-one peer coaching phone call will be scheduled over the next two months for those who let us know they are interested.

Ann Van Eron, Ph.D., MCC, is founder and principal of Potentials, a global coaching and organization development firm with experience coaching leaders and teams all over the world for over twenty-five years. She is the author of OASIS Conversations: Leading with an Open Mindset to Maximize Potential. She is a certified Master Coach and has a doctorate in Organization Psychology from Columbia University. and

Bruce Mabee, M.S., CPLP, is Managing Partner with Milestone Partners, LLC. He consults Fortune 100, government, and non-profits in strategic planning, change and innovation. In 35 years of consulting, Bruce has served 130 organizations in the US, Europe and Asia. He has taught in eight graduate schools and trained over 1000 corporate managers and professionals in strategic consulting. He holds an M.S. in OD, and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design. Bruce’s upcoming book on business innovation offers simple tools for larger impact.