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OD Toolkit Series - Systems Thinking Applied to Work

  • August 03, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • The 2100 Building - 2100 24th Ave South, Seattle Wa, 98144 - The Board Room
  • 19


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OD Toolkit Series - Systems Thinking Applied to Work

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE - This event will be held at the 2100 building.

2100 24th Ave South, Seattle Wa, 98144 - The Board Room

Introduction to the Sponsor/Agent/Target/Advocate (SATA) framework which is a simple, profound, and repeatable way to ensure your business aligns its employees and has a clear path to success. It is core for anyone, anywhere, trying to accomplish anything.

SATA is a tool to analyze the interactions between key organization roles, each with a critical function, who may be either performing effectively or under- or over-functioning. SATA is not a top-down theory; it is a map of legitimate authority. There are several moments when using SATA is critical; one of the most common is when you are unable to complete a task because another key person is not cooperating. The common temptation in these moments is to blame the employee which, whether you are aware of it or not, is an individual theory of change. SATA, however, is a systemic theory that helps organizations use a wider perspective.

SATA holds the key to effective day-to-day work, planning for any size of project or initiative, and as a constant compass if you are in the role of consultant or change agent. Further, the power of SATA is that it is a definitional model that identifies whichever role you are in at any moment. Each role has specific behavioral requirements which must be met to ensure success.

This version of SATA is based on Robert Crosby’s clarify of authority in systems.

At the end of the presentation, the participants will: 

  • Learn a step-by-step repeatable process to understand any scenario in relationship to the authority structures that exists and create strategies for improvement.
  • Understand your SATA role in relationship to a core project, initiative, or client system and use this understanding to ensure healthy boundaries within the system.
  • Recognize potential SATA traps and ways out of them.
  • Develop a strategy to strengthen sponsorship for the project, initiative, or cross functional task you analyze.
  • Learn how to leverage sponsorship

This training is limited to 25 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 this year. 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.


$50 Members & Students when pre-paid & pre-registered

$80 Non-Members & Walk-Ins

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


7:30 - 8:00 am    Arrival, Registration & Opening

8:00 am - Noon  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.

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