Join ODF community members and Paul Tolchinsky

. . . in a conversation to explore our past successes and failures, what we’ve learned and how we take our learning’s into the future together.

Some of the questions we will be exploring are:

  • What have we done historically in the field?  What is the impact and momentum we have had on each other and organizations?
  • How do we build bridges to other communities (e.g. Agile, Stoos, Beta Codex) and other communities of people trying to change the future of organizations?  How do we integrate, rather than continuing to differentiate?  Can we get to a tipping point in our work?
  • How do we become a laser beam, rather than a diffuse 1000 points of light?  Our power and voice are diminished as a consequence.
  • Where is the critical thinking in organizations, the openness to reflect and adjust, to find the positive deviants and leverage their know-how and energy?

Paul will share his thoughts to launch the discussion, and then we encourage all call participants to actively join the conversation.

Paul has been consulting to major companies around the world for the past forty years. He has extensive experience in managing and facilitating large system change efforts; new plant design and start-ups; redesigning existing manufacturing facilities, particularly where unions are involved and has led numerous study missions to Japan.

Paul’s particular expertise is in the design of organizations, applying socio-technical principles and Whole-Scale™ Approaches to the process of change in organizations. He is internationally known as a pioneer in the development of Whole-Scale (Whole-System) Approaches to change.

In recent years he has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer in Europe, Australia, India, Brazil, Singapore and Hong Kong.

He is the the author of numerous articles, his work is featured in Large Group Interventions (Bunker and Alban, 1997), Fusion Leadership, Daft and Lengel (1998) and The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future, Holman and Devane, (1999, rv 2006). Paul is also the co-author of two books on Large Group Methods entitled: Unleashing the Magic in Organizations: The Whole-scale Approach and Unleashing the Magic: A Toolkit (2000).

He received a BA in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University (1971) and a PhD in Organization Behavior and Design from Purdue University (1978).