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in the process?

Kiersten shares the benefits she derived from being our first/pilot participant in the ACE-it! process . . .

What ACE-It! Made Possible

We are wrapping up the final prep for our

2017 Annual Conference

April 25 – 27 | Santa Fe, NM

We’ll have more Peer-to-Peer sessions this summer




In 2016, ODF is initiating new virtual and participant centered approaches to learning and collaboration, by focusing on actual experiences and “real time” organization design issues and topics.  We are hoping blended face-to-face and virtual environments can become a way to offer learning forums between conferences that capitalize on the ODF members unique and explicit expertise as resources for learning from, and with, each other.

Sharing wisdom & experience . . .

One of the most often heard comments after one of our annual conferences is, “how amazing it is to be in a room of fellow designers, who are so willing to share their wisdom and experience!” How would you like to have access to that wisdom more than annually?

Past Peer-to-Peer Consulting sessions

. . . but their behaviors and norms are to the contrary . . .

. . . but their behaviors and norms are to the contrary . . .

Held on March 8th

Designing an effective engagement of hierarchical leaders/managers who are asking for greater participation/collaboration, but their behaviors and norms are to the contrary.

The situation: A large national client is feeling pressures from the public and competitors to respond more quickly and with greater effectiveness. Based on a 3 month analysis of changes in their industry, leadership and management have acknowledged the need for greater engagement, and completed a 6 month training program for frontline employees on teamwork, collaboration, and participation. However, with continued decline in key performance metrics, they have admitted that it has not had much impact.

The question: My role is to assist this client group in first recognizing/accepting that their current culture is built around habits and long-standing norms that reinforce directive behavior, policy, and processes; regardless of their use of participative rhetoric and employee training. I have been asked to intervene minimally (no big programs, which is code for not disrupting the ongoing work). My task and my question is how to design a high impact and minimally invasive intervention that can begin to build capabilities supportive of more collaborative practices. 

Peer to Peer Consulting (03/08/17)

. . .that often neglected conversation . . .

. . .that often neglected conversation . . .

Held on January 11th

Designing that often neglected conversation about developing team operating agreements for a productive and healthy work environment…even at the C-suite level

The situation:  A geographically diverse and completely virtual leadership team who has not taken the time or has an overall common interest in developing agreements around how they agree to work together (operating agreements), where the stresses of time pressure and challenging human dynamics are beginning to hinder productivity and smooth trajectory towards common goals.

The question:  How might I design the conversation(s) which leads to an increased awareness of the long term value of team operating agreements and ultimately to developing the unique set of agreements that will help bring about high productivity and mutual accountability towards achieving our shared business targets?

Peer to Peer Consulting (01/11/17)

See the pilot and learn how the process works . . .

Pilot - P2P Consulting ACE-It! Session

Hear how our first "presenter's" experience went . . .

Using Zoom, a virtual platform, ODF will facilitate 75-minute sessions offering the opportunity for any community member to present a challenge and receive input from fellow designers encouraging knowledge exchanges that support the theory and practice of organization design.

We intend to hold two pilot sessions in early 2017 and then see how the community engages going forward.

Each session will use the Ace-It Guide (Analyze, Create, Explore) process, which stimulates conversation within guidelines and time frames.

What this process is good for…

  • To “explore” a challenging and perplexing situation
  • To give you a “fresh perspective” and some innovative ideas
  • To help you expand what you are aware of “inside and outside” (i.e. remind you of what you already have in your toolbox)
  • To tap into the support that is available to you in a quick, easy, and creative way

The sessions will offer ~5 “consultants” (comprised of ODF community members) and the person presenting their challenge. The beauty of Zoom is that, beyond the participative group, there is no limit to the number of observers to the session. And, we’ll record each session and make it available for future viewing.

This is an effective process for organization designers looking to solve a “design conundrum. ”  It is clear, easy, efficient and inclusive!  It needs to be carefully facilitated in order to raise helpful questions and perspectives for the “presenter.” The process is straightforward and easy to learn. Great forum for design!

Fun, relaxed and engaging way to help another org designer while spending time in a creative and stimulating discussion.

What the “consultants” from our first sessions had to say . . .

” I felt that the process was really liberating, enabling me to just focus right in on the ideas and be in dialogue with other experienced practitioners, where otherwise I’d be limited to building the relationship with the client, and only sharing ideas between me and the client. I think this made it more valuable for the ‘client’ in this case, too, by having a group of experienced practitioners working together in very condensed time frame.”

I found the process to be extremely engaging. The methodology enabled us to quickly identify the areas where we needed to dig deeper with the client as well as enabling multiple experienced practitioners to offer their insights in a collaborative manner.

The value of real experience Peer-to-Peer consulting offers immediate benefits to everyone involved in the process. Creativity manifests itself through collaborative inquiry where the sharing and the learning extends to all.

Our intent is to build a resource library of these conversations categorized by design themes.

Take a look (above) at our first session featuring a conundrum in the construction industry.


To help prepare for participating in a session, you’ll find the following helpful:

ACE-It! Orientation Video