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We vs. They with Robert Crosby

  • August 20, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Smart Buildings Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144


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We vs. They with Robert Crosby

Authoritarianism abounds and is on the rise all across the world, certainly including here in the USA. The father of our movement, Kurt Lewin, insisted that democracy had to be learned anew in every generation. It can be insidiously present in each of us whether coming from a liberal or conservative perspective. Across my career I have experienced dogmatism as much from the left as from the right. In 2006 I wrote, Get Unstuck From Fundamentalism.

We will begin with a short self-administered questionnaire to help focus on our own tendencies. These questions are derived from the classic work of Milton Rokeach.

I was, for 29 years, a mentee of Lewin’s student, Ronald Lippitt. I will share the learnings from his classic “boys study” which I have replicated several times with adults. Also, illustrations of authoritarianism in organizations including the way some consultants use data, will be shared.

Within the limited time I will do some experiential activity-that is experiential as distinguished from cognitive discussion.

About Your Presenter

Robert P. Crosby, L.H.D. will be 90 years old on July 1 and 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 leaders internal to Alcoa. Three of the plants participating were located in Addy (WA), Knoxville (Tn) and Evansville (In). All three of them were failing prior to the program and 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 co-authored an Article with Matthew Minahan of American University called, “The Classic T-Group.” His forth coming book is on T-Groups.


$20 Members pre-paid & pre-registered

$25 Non members pre-paid & pre-registered

$25 Walk-in member rate

$30 Walk-in non-member rate

$15 student rate



6:00 – 6:30 pm   Gather – Registration & Opening Comments (refreshments served)

6:30 – 8:00 pm   Presentation

8:00 – 8:30 pm   Wrap up

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