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    • December 13, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
    • 4
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    OD Toolkit Series - Dealing with hostility coming your way: Going deeper in group process with Robert Crosby


    Columbia University’s Dr. W. Warner Burke says this about Robert Crosby: “...his knowledge and application of the T-group is unsurpassed.”

    The original T-group was about group process!

    Participants will have the opportunity to respond to hostile statements that Bob has received through the years and to share hostile statements that have come their way and discover effective responses!

    Does anyone disagree that adolescents are often more influenced by their peers than by their parents? The great Kurt Lewin nailed this. There are (mostly) unconscious group norms guiding the behavior of anyone in a gang or a work group. Low producing employees become higher producing when they are moved to a high producing group. Conversely, high producers become less productive when moved to a low producing group.

    How do I help clients identify these dynamics, and more importantly, how are these shifted.

    The ability to understand norms separates a professional consultant from an amateur.

    Organization Development was built on ‘group development’ which was understood and written about prior to the evolution of OD. Yet in recent years that reality has been lost in the ever present pull to find the next best theory. Join ODN Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Seattle resident Robert Crosby, assisted by the President of Board of PNODN Chris Crosby, as he leads you in a session to help identify central elements of all groups and simple ways to utilize these elements to impart positive change.

    Gordon W. Allport in his forward to Kurt Lewin’s (1948) “Resolving Social Conflicts” wrote, “The unifying theme is unmistakable: the group to which an individual belongs is the ground for his perceptions, his feelings, and his actions. Most psychologists are so preoccupied with the salient features of the individual's mental life that they are prone to forget it is the ground of the social group that gives to the individual his figured character.”

    Come join us in this experiential training as we explore group process and how to use yourself to positively impact any group.

    At the end of the experience, the participants will: 

    • Recognize common patterns in groups.
    • See the clear connection between turnover, poor safety, absenteeism, low morale, quality issues, and unproductive norms. 
    • Develop strategies to change group norms towards positive ends including how to improve the metrics in the above categories.
    • Understand how your behavior impacts any group you are consulting.

    This training is limited to 12 participants. Sign up now to ensure your spot!

    About Your Instructor

    Robert P. Crosby, M.DIV, STM (Boston University) at 90 is still active. He won a lifetime achievement award from the OD Network in 2016. He has 60 plus years of experience helping organizations get clear about effective leadership, alignment, teamwork, change management, task accomplishment and accountability. He is a master in his field, having founded the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) in 1969, and held faculty roles through LIOS contracts at universities such as Antioch in Seattle and Martin University (named after Martin Luther King Jr.) in Indianapolis, Indiana. LIOS became the first Masters program in Organization Development in 1973.

    In 1991 he created a corporate (Masters) leadership program to train both managers and steelworkers in Alcoa. Three of the participating plants were in Addy (WA), Knoxville (Tn) and Evansville (In). All three were failing prior to the program and Robert’s intensive two year intervention. By 1994 Knoxville and Evansville created one-third of the world wide profits for Alcoa. He has led T-Groups in six countries. He has published several business books including The Cross-Functional Workplace, Walking the Empowerment Tightrope, and most recently Cultural Change in Organizations. In the current annual Jossey-Bass book on Organization Development, Robert has recently co-authored an article with Matthew Minahan of American University called, “The Classic T-Group.” His forth coming book is on T-Groups.


    COST:

    $37.50 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $60 Non members/Walk in

    We are not able to offer refunds after the Wednesday prior to the training. Substitutions are welcome.


    AGENDA:

    12:30 - 1:00 pm  Arrival, Registration & Opening

    1:00 – 4:00 pm Training

    Please be aware that our training's could be recorded or photographed.


    Online registration closes two days prior to the training. PNODN encourages pre-registration to allow the instructor to prepare for the training. Space is limited, walk ins at the door will only be accepted if there is availability.

    $37.50 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $60 Non members/Walk in

    Consider joining PNODN - members savings over the course of the year are substantial!

    • January 13, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST)
    • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
    • 11
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    OD Toolkit Series - Self as Instrument of Change:

    The Impact of Cherished Beliefs on Individual and Group Performance with David Porter.


    In this 3-hour workshop we will explore how one’s “Cherished Beliefs” can create reasons barriers that limit desired outcomes or adversely impact performance.  Although he did not characterize them as “Cherished Beliefs”, Albert Ellis, the famed Columbia University psychologist, explained how flawed mental processes encourage people to become attached to unquestioned attitudes, beliefs, and values and to hold on long after such perspectives prove useless or unworkable.

    This behavior and its adverse effects are not restricted to an individual’s perceptions.  Groups and organizations regularly manifest collective reasonableness that can hobble major efforts to advance the enterprise. Herein lies the duel challenge for OD practitioners. How do we identify and move past our own “Cherished Beliefs” as well as support our client’s efforts to identify and rise above the reasonableness of organizational life - to break through the “Reasons Barriers” that stand in the way of superior performance?

    This workshop will be challenging and highly interactive.  Participants will have the opportunity to identify several of their own “Cherished Beliefs” including those likely to be manifest in their OD practice.  We also will consider the emergence of “Cherished Beliefs” in an organizational or group setting and explore how such beliefs may create stumbling blocks to achieving desired outcomes.

    NOTE:  This 3-hour workshop will leverage perspectives about “Self-Mastery…the Shadow Knows” that were offered by John Scherer during his June presentation at PNODN.

    About Your Instructor

    David Porter is a seasoned organization development practitioner.  He has an eclectic background that includes training program management, marketing and public relations, economic and community development, and federal grants administration.  He earned a Master’s degree (MPA) in Human Resource Management from the University of Washington and completed an Organization Development (OD) certification program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  

    Porter is an early graduate of the personal and professional development programs offered by Context Training Corporation (CTC).  He subsequently served for five years as an OD consultant and Program Leader for CTC’s core curricula - the “Pursuit of Excellence”, “The Wall”, and the “Advancement of Excellence” – programs which he delivered at numerous venues in the United States and Canada.

    Now retired, Porter most recently served for 10 years as an Organization & Community Development Representative for the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), where he focused on community outreach, strategic planning, and large group process throughout the Pacific Northwest.


    COST:

    $37.50 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $60 Non members/Walk in

    We are not able to offer refunds after the Wednesday prior to the training. Substitutions are welcome.


    AGENDA:

    12:30 - 1:00 pm  Arrival, Registration & Opening

    1:00 – 4:00 pm Training

    Please be aware that our training's could be recorded or photographed.


    Online registration closes two days prior to the training. PNODN encourages pre-registration to allow the instructor to prepare for the training. Space is limited, walk ins at the door will only be accepted if there is availability.

    $37.50 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $60 Non members/Walk in

    Consider joining PNODN - members savings over the course of the year are substantial!

    • January 29, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • Smart Buildings Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
    • 18
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    OD Toolkit Series - Practical Brainstorming Sequence


    "Learn one of the most practical and useful sequences I do"

    Many practitioners think of brainstorming as the act of generating ideas. The generation phase is but one step in an effective brainstorm sequence and in fact can pose a challenge if the practitioner does not use a structured approach. Come learn a complete sequence of brainstorming that is highly structured an applicable to all workplaces. The sequence is practical and powerful and, once learned, can be used in full or in part on an ad hoc basis to help any group quickly manage a list of items. If you have ever 1) seen a group generate a list of prob­lems, yet fail to reduce them to a manageable list of actions, 2) seen a group use votes rather than logic to determine their course of action, 3) heard a leader say, “Well it looks like we are all in agreement that X is the course of action” without really knowing the differing beliefs in the group, and found yourself frustrated and not sure what to do, then the following sequence is what you need. It provides simple ways to resolve such dilemmas.

    By learning this sequence of brainstorming, you can quickly reduce lists, balance votes with constructive conversations and clear decision making, and get rapid feedback on what options the different members of the group think are the most critical.

    At the end of the presentation, the participants will: 

    • Lead any group through a highly structured sequence that includes distinct steps and ground rules to ensure a vetted list of actions.
    • Identify and direct any group that gets stuck at any stage while working with a large list of items.
    • Sequence can be used in part or in whole depending on your situation. 

    This training is limited to 20 participants. Sign up now to ensure your spot!

    About Your Instructor

    Chris Crosby is the President of the Board at PNODN. He is also a consultant and author of two recent books, Strategic Organizational Alignment, published in 2016, and Strategic Engagement Vol I and II, published in 2018. He is first and foremost a practitioner with internal and external experience. He has held an adjunct faculty position at Saybrook University/Leadership Institute of Seattle and guest faculty at Martin University in Indianapolis.

    Chris is an expert in systems thinking applied to the workplace. He uses his unique understanding of systems thinking and authority in the workplace to create organization alignment, implementation structures, and people processes for various forms of organization change. He also develops leadership programs for various clients. His programs utilize a unique industry adapted Skills Training Group (T-Group) as his primary experiential learning method to train leaders to engage their workforce in such a way that builds ownership, alignment and ultimately better business results.


    COST:

    $25 Members/Students when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $40 Non members/Walk in

    We are not able to offer refunds after the Wednesday prior to the training. Substitutions are welcome.


    AGENDA:

    5:30 - 5:30 pm  Arrival, Registration & Opening

    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Training

    Please be aware that our trainings could be recorded or photographed.


    Online registration closes two days prior to the training. PNODN encourages pre-registration to allow the instructor to prepare for the training. Space is limited, walk ins at the door will only be accepted if there is availability.

    $25 Members/Students when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $40 Non members/Walk in

    Consider joining PNODN - members savings over the course of the year are substantial!

    • February 10, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
    • 12
    Register
    OD Toolkit Series - How to Conduct an Effective Job Search

    Searching for a job can be one of the biggest challenges faced in the world of work. In a reality where crucial quality of life resources depend on full time employment (wage, health insurance coverage) the stress of job searching can be formidable.

    Research and the experiences of many people identify 2 main job success contributors: hard work and networking. Join us at PNODN as recent job searcher Amy Casebolt unpacks what this hard work and networking looked like for her during the past few months.

    Based in research, the experiences of dozens of professionals she talked with during her search, and her own job search story, you will learn what hard work needs to be done in a job search and all about how to network effectively. As a special bonus, effective actions that will make you shine in your first 90 days at your new job will be discussed!

    At the end of this session, participants will:

    • Identify 3 powerful job-search websites that enable you to get your resume to thousands of recruiters and cater job alerts to your e-mail
    • List 1 thing to do before, during, and after an informational interview
    • Identify 3 sections of a quality cover letter
    • List 2 ways to serve while gaining valuable experience and connections

    About Your Instructor

    Amy Casebolt achieved her MA in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology from Seattle Pacific University in 2019. She came to her graduate studies after many years in the work world doing customer service in health care and health plan organizations. During a time of particularly difficult organizational change, she left her job to pursue her Masters degree, inspired that there must be a better way to do organizational change.

    After moving to the Seattle area, she and her husband both applied to Starbucks because it offers health insurance for part time work. She worked there as a barista through her graduate studies. Yet after graduation, the search for a professional role in I-O Psychology proved difficult as she struggled to weave a consistent narrative of her work experience. After 5 months of hard work and networking, she accepted a full time role as Trainer with the Community Health Plan of WA. Amy knows her struggle with the job search is experienced by many, and is happy to share what she has learned along the way!


    COST:

    $50 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $80 Non members/Walk in

    We are not able to offer refunds after the Wednesday prior to the training. Substitutions are welcome.


    AGENDA:

    12:30 - 1:00 pm  Arrival, Registration & Opening

    1:00 – 5:00 pm Training

    Please be aware that our training's could be recorded or photographed.


    Online registration closes two days prior to the training. PNODN encourages pre-registration to allow the instructor to prepare for the training. Space is limited, walk ins at the door will only be accepted if there is availability.

    $50 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $80 Non members/Walk in

    Consider joining PNODN - members savings over the course of the year are substantial!

    • February 28, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
    • 20
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    OD Toolkit Series - Clarity of Authority

    Learn a core tenet of workplace health!

    There is no more important area to be clear about in organizations
    than the reality and presence of authority. Miss this one and you
    will forever have to make up reasons for why things fail. When you get
    it right, change, people, processes, and–above all–business results will
    fall into place

    Authority for many is a dirty word. The truth is it is just a word and it is
    present in every organization. Some think the word “boss” or “manager”
    is a problem; the reason is psychological. To be alive is to be raised, and
    we were all raised by people. In other words, we were all born into an
    authority system.

    Organization Development itself was born out of WWII. Kurt Lewin escaped the Nazis and was well aware of the problems with the extremes of leadership. 

    In this workshop we will explore one's relationship with authority and learn how to appropriately illuminate its clarity in any work situation so leaders can step up and followers can effectively increase their influence.

    At the end of the presentation, the participants will:
    • Learn their personal comfort level with different type of authority and explore how to help leaders at any end of the spectrum.
    • Learn a simple model of decision making.
    • Understand and be able to help build true employee empowerment.
    • Think systemically and gain clarity of authority across groups and system wide projects.
    • Increase there awareness of common traps related to authority.

    This training is limited to 20 participants. Sign up now to ensure your spot!

    About Your Instructor

    Chris Crosby is the President of the Board at PNODN. He is also a consultant and author of two recent books, Strategic Organizational Alignment, published in 2016, and Strategic Engagement, 2018. He is first and foremost a practitioner with internal and external experience. He has held an adjunct faculty position at Saybrook University/Leadership Institute of Seattle and guest faculty at Martin University in Indianapolis.

    Chris is an expert in systems thinking applied to the workplace. He uses his unique understanding of systems thinking and authority in the workplace to create organization alignment, implementation structures, and people processes for various forms of organization change. He also develops leadership programs for various clients. His programs utilize a unique industry adapted Skills Training Group (T-Group) as his primary experiential learning method to train leaders to engage their workforce in such a way that builds ownership, alignment and ultimately better business results.


    COST:

    $25 Members/Students when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $40 Non members/Walk in

    We are not able to offer refunds after the Wednesday prior to the training. Substitutions are welcome.


    AGENDA:

    12:30 - 1:00 pm  Arrival, Registration & Opening

    1:00 – 3:00 pm Training

    Please be aware that our training could be recorded or photographed.


    Online registration closes two days prior to the training. PNODN encourages pre-registration to allow the instructor to prepare for the training. Space is limited, walk ins at the door will only be accepted if there is availability.

    $25 Members/Students when pre-paid & pre-registered

    $40 Non members/Walk in

    Consider joining PNODN - members savings over the course of the year are substantial!

Past events

December 06, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - How OD Professionals Can Attract Corporate Clients
November 15, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Leadership Transitions: Step-by-step group process to reduce disruption when a new leader takes the helm.
November 01, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Whole System Transformation
October 14, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Silo Busting!
September 23, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Social Style®
September 06, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Third Party Conflict
August 26, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Collaboration and Sustainable Decision-Making for Consultants and Leaders
August 05, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Group Process: Work Team Development Using a Survey
July 12, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - How OD Professionals Can Attract Corporate Clients
June 07, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Leadership Transitions: Step-by-step group process to reduce disruption when a new leader takes the helm.
June 07, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Managing Change and Transitions
May 16, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - PMI, Lean, Projects, Initiatives and Organization Development (OD) – How to use OD to succeed!
May 03, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - The Next Generation of Generational Thinking
April 19, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - What to look for in Groups
March 08, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Third Party Conflict
February 22, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Practical Brainstorming Sequence
February 22, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Turning Employee Surveys into Morale Boosting Events
January 28, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Adaptive Leadership for Leading Change
January 11, 2019 OD Toolkit Series - Managing Change and Transitions
December 07, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - The Next Generation of Generational Thinking
November 19, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Implementation Competency - Socio-Tech components to successful implementation
November 02, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Servant Leadership
October 19, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Leadership Courage
September 21, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Third Party Conflict
August 24, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Building Resiliency
August 03, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Systems Thinking Applied to Work
July 20, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Turning Employee Surveys into Morale Boosting Events
July 20, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Practical Brainstorming Sequence
July 13, 2018 OD Toolkit Series - Managing Change and Transitions
October 30, 2017 PNODN Workshop: Designing Experiences that Develop Organizations

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