Designing Authentic Connections Conference Session:

Finding the Pathway Through Fear to Empowerment

Michael F. McGovern

Category: Emerging Operating Models

As organizations seek to fully engage and empower their workforce, the challenge leaders face is one of moving through the fear of “losing control”. This program will present a risk management approach that can be used to mitigate the fears encountered on the path to employee empowerment.


The program will include

  • A brief presentation of key concepts, 
  • Breakouts will provide the opportunity for participants to apply their new knowledge to a case study. Participants will be asked to respond to leadership questions and concerns. Participants will then use these concerns to drive organization design choices. 
  • Breakout teams will share key learning with the larger group.
Participants will receive a Risk Management Tool and instructions in its use. Participants will also receive a summary of the solutions that were actually developed and employed in the case and a summary of the outcomes realized.

    Michael McGovern is an experienced Organization Design & Development Consultant with 35 years of experience working for and with companies such as Abbott Labs, Navistar, BP North America/Amoco, The Tribune Company, Dover Corporation, and The Chicago Transit Authority. Mike’s practice areas include organization design, organization development, leadership development and change management.

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    Our conference is spread over 6 days in a two-week window. We have designed the conference to be inclusive of multple time-zones.

    *Please note that our agenda is still evolving and that5 timings and details may change.

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    Includes full access to the ODF 2021 Virtual Conference, Designing Authentic Connections: Spread across 6 days, our conference is intelligently designed to achieve virtual learning and engagement with world class keynotes, problem solving peer sessions, experiential lab space, and supported networking.


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