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    • August 26, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
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    Collaboration and Sustainable Decision-Making for Consultants and Leaders


    A major source of team dysfunction is unclear decision making. Come learn how to customize and install a sustainable decision-making protocol that is featured in the best-selling book in the world on collaborative decision-making.  Bay Area-based consultant Sarah Lightfoot learned this framework directly from the authors, and she'll help you to bring it to your clients and/or team. Used in hundreds of government agencies, companies, and social enterprises world-wide, it's a straightforward and valuable set of concepts that increases mutual understanding. 

    Participants will:

    1. Learn to partner with your client (a leader of a team or group) to identify their decision-making style, collaborative philosophy, and organizational constraints so that they can select the right decision-making framework for their context; and
    2. Learn to employ a team-building process to install a proven decision-making framework used in hundreds of government agencies, companies, and other enterprises world-wide. (Based upon the work of Sam Kaner and co-authors of Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making)

    About Your Instructor

    Sarah Lightfoot, M.A., partners with leaders of business, government, and social enterprise to elevate organizational performance.  She specializes in creating organization-wide initiatives that identify and implement breakthrough solutions, and in coaching executive teams and business units to high performance.  Sarah’s design, facilitation and coaching approach combines participatory values and research on brain functions and human behavior. She first trained in collaborative strategies and values as a community and tenant organizer in Washington State and California, and brought these values to executive leadership positions in high-growth social enterprises such as KIPP Bay Area Schools and Reading Partners.  Today Sarah brings her seasoning and training to a diverse group of clients.


    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!

    • September 06, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
    • 12
    Register

    OD Toolkit Series - Third Party Conflict

    Learn a core method to manage conflict and to facilitate any group!

    Third-party conflict management is a process of facilitation that means you are help­ing two or more people work through a conflict in which you are not personally involved. It is core to OD as practitioners who have a frame and understanding for how to manage conflicts will help organizations work through tough moments more functionally. Effective third-party work uses a whole system focus to 1) manage the conflict so the tasks become effective, 2) ensure maximum learning from each party in the conflict and how they contributed to the issue, 3) resolve potential systemic issues that created the conflict, and 4) create a plan for how to handle similar situations in the future. Openness to managing conflict tremendously helps organizations improve for all employees.

    At the end of the training, participants will:

    • Learn a sequence and structure for resolving conflict between two employees.
    • Understand the core facilitators triangle needed to effectively facilitate conflict and meetings.
    • Learn how to identify subtle blame and help participants take greater ownership of their issues.
    • Know how to leverage systems thinking to ensure the effective sponsorship is in place that allows easier resolution.
    • Increase capacity to recognize and resolve workplace systemic issues that are in part causing the conflict.  

    This training is limited to 12 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 2017, and Strategic Engagement, out 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:

    $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!

    • September 23, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
    • 20
    Register

    OD Toolkit Series - Social Style®

    Learn an amazing "add-on" to any group experience!

    Perhaps the greatest unconscious diversity in most organizations has nothing to do with race or any other “ism” and is more related to operating Styles of the employees.

    SOCIAL STYLE, created by David Merrill and Roger Reid. SOCIAL STYLE is a practical and simple way to explore how one interacts with another. The theory
    frames different operating Styles as a potentially huge diversity issue within organizations. It can be given alone, but it is most powerful as an add-on to another activity. It is incredibly useful when working with intact work teams, especially the ones that have been working together for a while.

    Participants will learn how to give a floor model vs that is simple, highly interactive and provides immediately feedback.

    SOCIAL STYLE provides a simple way to help employees understand the diversity of operating Styles that exist within all workplaces. It helps 1) provide a simple way to understand self, 2) teach how to work better with others who operate in different Styles, and 3) provide a systemic snapshot of any work team and, by doing so, often highlights components that need addressing to improve productivity.

    This version is slightly adapted from Merrill and Reid and represents the depth I give when presenting the theory. SOCIAL STYLE is practical and intuitive. For a more in-depth version of the theory and to take an online assessment, go to www.tracomcorp.com*. Tracom is a proud PNODN partner that offers PNODN members 10% off their certification program.

    At the end of the presentation, the participants will:

    • Learn a step by step method to give a basic version of social styles.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves in relationship with others.

    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!

    • October 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
    • 12
    Register

    OD Toolkit Series - What to look for in Groups: The Power of Group Process with Robert Crosby


    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!

Past events

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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