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OD Toolkit Series - Self as Instrument of Change

  • January 13, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144
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  • Anyone who is not a current PNODN member
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  • For participants who are members of a PNODN partner organization.

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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.


$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.


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

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