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What HR doesn’t get about OD with Eric Svaren

  • February 25, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144


  • PNODN Member who has pre-registered
  • Anyone who is not a current PNODN member
  • When you purchase a PNODN membership right now, you can also pay to attend the meeting at the member rate of $15. One click to savings!


What HR doesn’t get about OD with Eric Svaren

Students of organization development (OD) are “sold a bill of goods.” They are taught methods and cases involving transformational change, which is brought about by cutting-edge OD practices—such as appreciative inquiry, future search, Theory U, and deliberately developmental organizations (DDOs).  Yet, when these newly-minted practitioners land inside organizations, they find they are asked only to do training, facilitation or coaching.

Most clients and HR professionals see OD as just another HR service. Internal OD staff are usually housed in HR departments; external consultants’ contracts are often brokered by HR. Some HR staff fashion themselves as OD consultants but with little or no training, mentoring or supervision. These confusions dilute the definition of OD and degrade the promise and results of OD work.

In this interactive session, we’ll explore the differences between “transactional and transformational OD” and how the distinction can help focus us and others on the immense possibilities of true OD.   

About Your Presenter

Growing the capacity of leaders and organizations has been the focus of Eric’s career for more than 25 years. As an independent practitioner, his clients include national and local non-profits, health care, higher education, companies, and government at all levels. Eric has also been an internal consultant—at Fred Hutch, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the City of Seattle. He taught mid-career professionals for Cascade Executive Programs at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs. A scholar at heart, Eric is an insatiable learner and propagator of OD and maintains a vast archive of tools, models, and case studies.

 Join us for networking starting at 6 pm!


$15 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

$20 Non members when pre-paid & pre-registered

$20 Walk in rate for members

$25 Walk in rate for non members

$10 for students pre-registered or walk in


We are not able to offer refunds after the Friday prior to the meeting.  Substitutions are welcome.


6:00 - 6:30 pm  We gather – Arrival, Registration & Opening (Refreshments served)

6:30 – 8:00 pm Topic Presented

8:00 – 8:30 pm We wrap up, evaluation, & closing announcements

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

Online registration closes the Sunday prior to the meeting. PNODN welcomes and encourages walk ins at the door where the walk in rates will be:


$20 Walk in rate for members

$25 Walk in rate for non members

$10 for students pre-registered or walk in


Consider joining PNODN - members can save up to $10 per meeting - that's up to a $90 savings for the year.

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