Events Library

Events Library

Past Conferences

2021

Designing Authentic Connections

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2020

Experimenting with Design: New Ways of Creating & Evolving Work

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2019

Technology in Service of People: The Art and Science of Transforming Our Work

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2018

Designing for Agility and Innovation

Past (virtual) conversations

Putting Purpose into Practice: The “Co-Creating Mutual Value” Strategy & Practice

Putting Purpose into Practice:  The “Co-Creating Mutual Value” Strategy & Practice

ODF community members Bernard Mohr and Neil Samuels with the non-profit Co-Creating Mutual Value (CCMV) explore one strategy of putting the value of ‘Purpose’ into practice.

We had an interactive dialogue about how Bernard and Neil’s CCMV method focuses on:

  • Businesses and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’s) – The Problem and the Solution
  • Research into the conditions that mobilize businesses around purpose focusing on the UN SDG’s
  • Purpose and the Co-Creating Mutual Value Strategy and Practice

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Purpose & Org Design: Aligning Design with Your Organization’s Unique Purpose

Purpose & Org Design: Aligning Design with Your Organization’s Unique Purpose

Held on 08/09/22

Kiersten’s presentation deck

(very interactive) Chatbox Content

Putting Purpose Into Practice:  The Economics of Mutuality (Oxford Press) – in follow-up to the chat comment, a resource shared by Bernard Mohr, “This book, although not an org design book per se,  is full of practical examples of moving purpose into practice.”

By now we know that businesses that live up to a purpose beyond profit are outperforming those that are solely profit-driven. Living up to a purpose requires more than a purpose statement and good marketing, though.

ODF board member, Kiersten Rippeteau, unpacks the question, “How can organization design facilitate embedding an authentic purpose into the heart of the business?”

An interactive dialogue about:

  • The trends, needs, and challenges you’re seeing in the business world around purpose, CSR, ESG, and positive impact
  • Nine Purpose Archetypes that sit at the intersection of values and desired impact
  • Using organization design choices to align a business to its purpose
  • How current org design models support (or not) the move toward purpose- and impact-driven business

 

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ODF & EODF July 27th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF July Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 07/27/22

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends ( July2022) (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Maintaining Network Connections by Lynda Gratton, Strategy+Business
  • Why Organizational Agility is Critical During the Digital Revolution by Milan Dordevic, Forbes
  • Design Your Organization to Match Your Strategy by Ron Carucci and Jarrod Shappell, Harvard Business Review
  • Can Organization Design be Scientific? by Nicolay Worren
  • What We Learned in Studying the Most Effective Founders by Martin Gonzalez and Josh Yellin
  • Bonus content: Ladders of Authority, Status, Responsibility and Ideology: Towards a Typology of Hierarchy in Social Systems by Georges Romme, Systems

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ODF & EODF June 29th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF June Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 06/29/22

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends (Jun2022) (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • A Philosopher’s Guide to Messy Transformation by Pia Lauritzen, Strategy+Business
  • The Questions Leaders Should Ask in the New Era of Digital Transformation by George Westerman, Sloan Management Review
  • Hybrid Work Should be an Exercise in Design Thinking by Rebecca Hinds, Inc.
  • What the World Can Learn from Nordic Boards by Stanislav Shekshnia, INSEAD Knowledge
  • Don’t Throw Out the Hierarchy Just Yet by Jeroen van Bree
  • Bonus content: How to Get Better at Flatter Designs: Considerations for Shaping and Leading Organizations with Less Hierarchy by Markus Reitzig, Journal of Organization Design 

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Optimizing Human Potential for Organizational Growth

Optimizing Human Potential for Organiational Growth

Held on 06/16/22

Dave’s highlight slides – Wellbeing at Work

Human Potential for Org Growth (.txt file)

If you’d like to continue the conversation with Dave you can reach him at [email protected] or Wellbeing at Work

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Senior leaders now fully recognize the essentials for sustainable organizational growth have dramatically changed over the past 24 months. Essential investments with a proven ROI in individuals to reach their full optimal performance (thriving life, resilient mind, engaging work) is the most pressing decision before them.

We held a lively “unplugged” dialogue with Dave Allman from Gallup Wellbeing at Work ([email protected]) and Sharon Butler from Magellan Health.

This is a follow up to of one of our 2022 Conference sessions, Wellbeing at Work:  Impact to Organization Performance.

Dave shares the latest point of view (POV) on best practices to enable leaders to rethink how they are approaching organizational design & development (OD&D).

Sharon highlighted how she is bringing these best practices to life as Magellan Health is going through active M&A.

Dave is an entrepreneurial executive who inspires optimal performance for organizations, leaders, and individuals through promoting wellbeing, tapping into individual’s strengths and the pursuit of finding purposeful work. With a 30+ year track record of empowering some of business’ most innovative minds, he maximizes the relationship between organizations and the people who build them.

Through an exclusive partnership with Gallup, Dave has spearheaded a joint mission partnering an individual’s growth with that of their organization. He launched Wellbeing at Work Live (www.wbatwork.com) to enable employers to align purpose, potential, and performance. Dave has been instrumental in Magellan Health’s reimagination of their EAP with the launch of their eMbrace platform. His education includes an EMBA from Emory University in 1990 with a thesis focused on organizational behavior and sales force effectiveness. Dave’s Top 5 Gallup Strengths are Maximizer, Learner, Futuristic, Strategic, and Achiever.

Org Design thru the Lens of Team Alignment

Org Design thru the Lens of Team Alignment

Research shows two things:

  1. that people hear and see the same words yet interpret their meanings differently: hence, misalignment within groups is inevitable
  2. that better alignment among team members, whether cognitively (how they understand the intent of the strategy) or behaviorally (how they interact to align), improves effectiveness

Lindsay Uittenbogard, explores the question, “What can the OD practitioner do to minimize misalignment / support better alignment among individuals and groups within the organization once the design is implemented?” 

  • learn about the research behind team alignment
  • learn about the 4 most common types of misalignment
  • discuss the causes and symptoms of misalignment
  • review data coming out of teams with an alignment diagnostic
  • explore ways to design alignment into organizations

If you’d like to continue the conversation with Lindsay you can reach her at [email protected] or Mirror Mirror

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ODF & EODF May 25th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF May Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 05/25/22

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends (May2022) (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Designing Work that People Love by Marcus Buckingham, Harvard Business Review
  • Making ESG a Strategic Asset by Jeannie Diefenderfer, Strategy+Business
  • Creating People-Centric International Organisations with AI by Ruth McLachlin, Insead Knowledge
  • 10 Progressive Organizational Structures Developed by Real Companies by Joost Minnaar, Corporate Rebels
  • Haphazard Organization Design is Holding Companies Back from Growth by Josh Bersin
  • Bonus content: Indigenous Peoples Eager to Help Transition to ‘Future Fit’ Hydrocarbon Industry by Raylene Whitford and JP Gladu, Calgary Herald

 

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Using Talent Assessments to Guide Placement of People

Using Talent Assessments to Guide Placement of People

Placing the “right people in the right place at the right time” is a critical step in implementing your org design.  While as organization designers we may rely heavily on our HR business partners to drive the placement of people, we thought it would be helpful for you to understand a little bit more about the magic behind the curtain that helps leaders make better decisions in the placement of talent into critical roles. 

Join community member, Rebecca Feder, Founder of Princeton HR Insights, LLC, who will guide us through a learning experience on using talent assessments to guide your placement of people. 

  • Rebecca walked us through an overview the different type of assessments available in the market, e.g. social style four box assessments (DISC, Myers Briggs, Insights, Predictive Index, Hogan, and Caliper)
  • Facilitated our participation in a case study (in breakouts), using the Hogan Assessment, to bring key concepts to life and practical use.

If you’d like to continue the conversation with Rebecca you can reach her at [email protected]

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ODF & EODF April 27th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF April Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 04/27/22

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends (Apr2022) (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Blowing Up the Traditional Organization Chart by Pim de Morree, Corporate Rebels
  • Entrepreneurs Need to Focus as Much on Organization Structure as Business Model by Adi Gaskell, Forbes
  • Can’t Fill Jobs? Deconstruct Them by Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau, MIT Sloan Review
  • BANI vs VUCA: A New Acronym to Describe the World by Stephan Grabmeier, Enlivening Edge
  • The Darker Side of Organisational Life by Michael Jarrett, INSEAD
  • Bonus content: There is a Better Way to Use Power at Work by Matthew Barzun, Time

 

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Low Tech Tools that Capture High-value Data

Low-tech Tools that Capture High-value Data

Community member, Dennis Hutchison with Chevron, shares processes and tools that can deliver valuable insights to an organization’s work alignment when time and budget are not your friend.

There are several powerful and insightful tools now available to you as an organization design practitioner if you have access to a budget and sufficient time to invest in acquiring and implementing them.  We will discuss how to use readily available tools like value chains, role maps and simple spreadsheets to capture and analyze organization data to reveal opportunities and make informed design decisions.

If you’d like to continue the conversation with Dennis you can reach out to him at [email protected]

Demo/resources from Dennis:

 

ODF CC_Low-Tech Tools (.txt from chat)

 

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ODF & EODF March 30th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF March Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 03/30/22

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends (Mar2022) (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • What Business Leaders Can Learn from an Indigenous Worldview by Tima Bansal, Forbes
  • Is Going to the Office a Broken Way of Working? by Cal Newport, The New Yorker
  • Is Distributed Power a Myth? by Christiane Seuhs-Schoeller, Enlivening Edge
  • How Self-Organization Serves Psychological Safety – and Helps Produce Results by Gerda-Marie Adenau, Ingenuity
  • Yuji Yamanda on Reinventing Organisations through a Japanese Lens (podcast) by Lisa Gill with Yuji Yamada, Leadermorphosis

 

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Org Design + Agility | Session #4: Tools & Techniques

Journey to a Combined Community – Tools & Techniques

Held on 03/09/22

 

Community Building Events:

  • #1 December: Sharing Knowledge
  • #2 January: Mythbusters
  • #3 February: Common Business Challenges
  • #4 March: Tools and Techniques
  • April 11: ODF Conference – Biz Agility Pre-Conference Workshop

The Organizational Agility Community Continues… This month we’ll share tools! What kinds of tools? Anything from thinking tools/models to apps to frameworks!

We’ve asked for:

  • a tool you love and can share in a 5 min timebox
  • a tool you would like to know more about.
  • A tool you are seeking

If you have something you would like to offer up as a tool or technique for the discussion, please our shared workspace to provide your thoughts.

Let’s swap and share across the community!

We used the collaborative workspace, Howspace, to engage behind the scenes.  Please visit https://odf-bai.in.howspace.com/welcome to see the chats and other shared resources.  You will have to enter your email and will then receive an email to access.

ODF_BAI – Tools & Techniques Zoom chat

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DE&I in Orgs – The Challenges of Designing Actionable Change

DE&I in Organizations – The Challenges of Designing Actionable Change

Held on 03/01/22

If you’d like to continue the conversation with Peter and the rest of the team, you can reach out to them at [email protected]

You’ll hear from Peter Lawrence of Ai Change Management, with the help of Abi and Jodie, outstanding interns from the University of Liverpool, about what they learned in a project with the City of Liverpool and how they are testing and applying what they discovered with several organisations.

We are delighted to invite you to a community conversation where you can share your ideas and experiences about this topic from an organisation design perspective. We’ll be exploring these challenges:

  • How can organisations move from understanding that there is a problem, to making real change?
  • How to accomplish deep structural inclusion?
  • How are different perspectives incorporated at the very highest levels of influence?

The final 2 questions are inspired by Jessica Nordell’s “The End of Bias”.

As preparation for this event, review Abi and Jodie’s detailed report here. For a deeper dive, join Peter, Abi and Jodie in reading “The End of Bias” by Jessica Nordell, see the questions raised in Chapter 8.

 

DE&I – Challenges of Designing Actionable Change (.txt from chat)

 

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ODF & EODF February 23rd Global Conversation

ODF + EODF February Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 02/23/22

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends (Feb2022) .txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • How Companies are Using Tech to Give Employees More Autonomy by Ethan Bernstein et al., Harvard Business Review
  • Five Agility Myths in Energy and Heavy Industries by Lavkesh Garg et al., McKinsey & Company
  • Want to Make an Impact? Change Your Questioning Habits by Pia Lauritzen, Strategy+Business
  • A Simple Guide to Charting the Evolution of an Ecosystem by Andrew Shipilov and Francesco Burelli, INSEAD Knowledge
  • Organisation Design: Blog #862, Pandemic Q&A, and Pressing Pause by Naomi Stanford

 

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Org Design + Agility | Session #3: Common Biz Challenges

JOURNEY TO A COMBINED COMMUNITY – COMMON BUSINESS CHALLENGES

Held on 02/08/22

 

Community Building Events:

  • #1 December: Sharing Knowledge
  • #2 January: Mythbusters
  • #3 February: Common Business Challenges
  • #4 March: Tools and Techniques
  • March: BAI Conference & ODF Post-Conference Workshop
  • April: ODF Conference & BAI Pre-Conference Workshop

The Organizational Agility Community Continues…This month we’ll be comparing how we approach common business challenges through both an Organization Design and Business Agility lens.

Building on your real business challenges, we’ll discuss different approaches as a community.  How much do we have in common?  Come find out!

Topics covered in a virtual fishbowl include:

What is your starting point in approaching. . .

  1. competing priorities across silos?
  2. how can we scale and still remain nimble?
  3. execution doesn’t meet strategy?

We used the collaborative workspace, Howspace, to engage behind the scenes.  Please visit https://odf-bai.in.howspace.com/welcome to see the chats and other shared resources.  You will have to enter your email and will then receive an email to access.

Download of Zoom chat content

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Org Design for Multi-Cultural Environments

A Case Study: Organization Design
for Multi-Cultural Environments

Held on 02/08/22

If you’d like to continue the conversation with Patricia and support her research – [email protected]

Patricia’s deck

Have you ever been involved in a global project that suddenly went awry, despite the skills and resources of the organizations involved? Come join us to explore how cultural values and related behaviors can impact the success of large-scale

This features the work of Patricia Meiring, an EODF member, who is researching the  dynamics of  power, risk, and communications in multi-cultural environments.

You will have the opportunity to work through a “messy” case study, and share  your ideas with members of our community while supporting Patricia’s ongoing research.

 

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ODF & EODF January 26th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF January Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 01/26/22

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends (Jan2022).txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Do You Know How Your Teams Get Work Done? by Rohan Narayana Murty et al., Harvard Business Review
  • The Power of Collective Intelligence by Nathan Furr, INSEAD Knowledge
  • Mapping Exclusion in the Organization by Inga Carboni et al. MIT Sloan Review
  • Transitioning to Self-management at Davis College (podcast) by Lisa Gill and Pasteur Byabeza
  • Reinventing Management: The Bold Transformation of a Peruvian Laundry Service by Joost Minnaar
  • Bonus article: When Agile Harms Learning and innovation: (and What Can be Done About It) by Maria Carmela et al., California Management Review

 

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Org Design + Biz Agility | Session #2: Mythbusting

Let’s bust ’em – Org Design & Business Agility Myths

Held on 01/11/22

 

Session #2 January 2022:  Mythbusting. . .

  • Collect and decide on the top myths
  • Team up for myth-busting! (or myth confirming)
  • Share back to the group

WHY?

  • Org Design is a key element for Business Agility.  
  • Business Agility is a key element in Org Design.
  • Both communities have skills and knowledge that can serve the other.

WHO? A community forming at the intersection of these two disciplines, sponsored by ODF and BAI.

WHAT?  A series of 1-hour sessions to launch the Org Design Agility community, with the goal of finding synergies.

We used the collaborative workspace, Howspace, to engage behind the scenes.  Please visit https://odf-bai.in.howspace.com/welcome to see the chats and other shared resources.  You will have to enter your email and will then receive an email to access.

ODF & EODF December 15th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF December Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 12/15/21

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends (Dec2021).txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Should Your Global Firm Centralize Digital Operation? by Nathan Furr et al., Harvard Business Review
  • How to Make Big, Old Companies Act Fast by Pia Lauritzen, Strategy+Business
  • Stop Letting OKRs Masquerade as Strategy by Roger Martin
  • Tips to Get Started on Your Culture Transformation by Krys Burnette
  • Fighting Complexity with Subtractive Change by Nicolay Worren
  • Bonus Article: Ancient History Shows How We Can Create a More Equal World by David Graeber and David Wengrow, NYTimes

 

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Org Design + Biz Agility | Session #1: Share Knowledge

Share Knowledge. . . Org Design & Business Agility in a Nutshell

Held on 12/07/21

Session #1 DECEMBER 2021:  Share Knowledge. . .

  • Org Design in a nutshell
  • Business Agility in a nutshell
  • Breakout Discussion
  • Q&A

WHY?

  • Org Design is a key element for Business Agility.  
  • Business Agility is a key element in Org Design.
  • Both communities have skills and knowledge that can serve the other.

WHO? A community forming at the intersection of these two disciplines, sponsored by ODF and BAI.

WHAT?  A series of 1-hour sessions to launch the Org Design Agility community, with the goal of finding synergies.

Presenter Deck

We used the collaborative workspace, Howspace, to engage behind the scenes.  Please visit https://odf-bai.in.howspace.com/welcome to see the chats and other shared resources.  You will have to enter your email and will then receive an email to access.

ODF & EODF November 23rd Global Conversation

ODF + EODF November Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 11/23/21

ODF & EODF Global Convo (Nov2021).txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Forget Flexibility. Your Employees Want Autonomy – by Holger Reisinger and Dane Fetterer, HBR
  • Reinventing the NHS: Removing the Shackles of Bureaucracy – by Brendan Martin Buurtzorg, Corporate Rebels
  • The Social Economics of Work and Productivity – by Yves Morieux and Dianna Dosik, BCG
  • Is Distributed Power a Myth? – by Christiane Seuhs-Schoeller, Enlivening Edge
  • Organisation Design: Time Changes Understanding – by Naomi Stanford
  • Bonus report: The State of Teams – by Atlassian

 

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On-The-Mark’s Redesign of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

The Redesign of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare:

A Rare Conversation with Gillette Executives Regarding

their Transformation During Covid

Held on 11/02/21

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is committed to providing excellent care to children and families with complex medical needs. That is the core of Gillette’s mission. While essential to maintain the core of its compelling mission, Barbara knew it was also critical for Gillette to significantly strengthen its innovation capabilities to maintain their leading position while addressing performance shortfalls and gaps that would continue to burden and hold back Gillette over time.

It’s a rare opportunity to listen to and talk candidly with a CEO and EVP/General Counsel about their efforts to modernize an operating model. Joining Barbara and Paula will be Mark LaScola, Managing Principal of OTM and the lead Consultant for the Gillette project.

We used the collaborative platform, Howspace, for this conversation.  If you care to see the presenter deck and follow the various chats, you can sign up for access to our shared workspace

ODF & EODF October 27th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF October Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 10/27/21

ODF & EODF Global Convo (Oct2021).txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • A New Role for Business Leaders: Moral Integrator – Liz Sweigart, Strategy+Business
  • Zappos’s Evolution: From Holacracy to Market-based Dynamics – Joost Minnaar, Corporate Rebels
  • How We’re Building a More Inclusive Organization – Fiona Murray and Ray Reagans, MIT Sloan
  • Netflix HRD: ‘How I Found the Holy Grail of HR’ – Emily Douglas
  • Organisation Design: Ownership and Positioning – Naomi Stanford
  • Bonus article: Is Going to the Office a Broken Way of Working? – Cal Newport, The New York

 

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Data-Driven Organization Design with ReConfig

Data-Driven Organization Design with ReConfig

Held on 09/29/21

Organization design decisions are often made on the basis of scant data. As a result, the actual model that is selected and implemented does not always support the original intent. For example, it may lead to increased rather than decreased internal complexity.

This session looks at the challenges with traditional design practices and how to overcome them with a data-driven approach. The key element is the emergence of new analytical tools that will ease data collection as well as analysis of the data that are collected.

Reconfig is one such tool, and helps you document your current organization and align the formal structure with the work processes. Prof. Nicolay Worren, co-founder of Reconfig, will explain the underlying principles of the tool and demonstrate how it can be used for diagnosis and design.

The session will also address how internal and external consultants can gain acceptance among decision makers for data-driven organizational design method and integrate the use of data analytics in the various phases of the design process.

We used the collaborative platform, Howspace, for this conversation.  If you care to see the presenter deck and follow the various chats, you can sign up for access to our shared workspace

ODF & EODF September 22nd Global Conversation

ODF + EODF September Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 09/22/21

ODF + EODF Sep2021 Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Facilitate Collaborative Breakthrough with These Moves – by Adam Kahane, Strategy+Business
  • The Net Positive Manifesto – by Paul Polman and Andrew Winston, HBR
  • Why Don’t Companies Just Stop Discriminating? – by Lily Zheng, Medium
  • Yuji Yamada on Reinventing Organisations through a Japanese Lens – by Lisa Gill with Yuji Yamada, Leadermorphosis
  • Global Culture Survey 2021 Report – by Reid Carpenter, PwC
  • Bonus article: Whatever Happened to Six Sigma? – by Oliver Staley, Quartz

 

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Networked, Scaled, and Agile: Can a Company Really Be All Three?

Networked, Scaled, and Agile: Can a Company Really Be All Three?

Held on 08/26/21

Amy Kates and her colleagues will highlight key concepts from the new book, Networked, Scaled, and Agile.

We’ll discuss the challenge of “can a company really be all three?”

Amy will share the insights that CEOs are responding to most in today’s environment. In addition, join us to hear what the KatesKesler team’s firsthand experience as they integrate their boutique advisory practice into a 500k employee firm with their acquisition by Accenture.

ODF & EODF July 28th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF July Global OD Trends Conversation

Held on 07/28/21

ODF + EODF July 28th Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • The Most Popular Design Thinking Strategy is BS
  • What Business Leaders Can Learn From An Indigenous Worldview
  • Rethinking Capitalism and the Power of Creating Destruction
  • One More Time: How Do We Simplify Our Organization?
  • Command and Control Is Not Automatically Bad
  • Bonus Report: Re-imagining Agility with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 

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Org Design Meets Business Agility

Org Design Meets Business Agility

Held on 07/14/21

Biz Agility panelists include:

  • Diana Larsen, Chief Connector at the Agile Fluency® Project & past ODF Board Member
  • Peter Lam, Transformation Lead for Telstra
  • Frank Eiselt, Enterprise Agile Architect & Catalyst for LIVEsciences AG & TEAL Around the World

Org Design panelists include:

  • Nuala Campany, Talent Management and Organization Development Executive & past ODF Board Member
  • Stu Winby, Founder & CEO at SPRING Network & ODF Advisory Board Member
  • Jonathan Hornyak, Sr. Manager Org Design at  KatesKesler Organization Consulting

Has your work in Org Design been impacted by the recent trends toward Agile?

We’ve invited thought leaders from Business Agility community to join us to collaborate.  We’ll get the “lay of the land” on what Agility really means, and what it doesn’t.

And guess what?  They are eager to know more about Org Design, so we’ll get to share back.

  • A brief look into the past, present, and future for each field of practice
  • Panelists – “what I didn’t know …”
  • Audience Q&A or Mythbusters
  • Agile/Org Design journey together
  • Feedback from community on what they need in this space
  • How do we leverage the positives?

The session has been co-designed by Evan Leybourn, Co-Founder and CEO from Business Agility Institute with ODF Board Members, Jardena London & Jodie Goulden

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Does the Current Remote Work Environment Have a Shelf-life?

Does the Current Remote Work Environment Have a Shelf-life?

Held on 03/17/21

Join ODF community members, Susanna Hunter and Carlos Valdes-Dapena, to explore:

  • How do we design organizational structures and practices to mitigate for the challenges of working in a remote or hybrid work environment?
  • How do we leverage the positives?

When the pandemic hit, many of our organizations rushed to a work from home environment. We were amazed at the productivity employees had while managing kids, dogs and a lack of home office space. However, as many of us celebrate our first year anniversary working from home, what is the true cost to our organizations over the longer-term. Employee surveys indicate that while productivity may be high, employees are feeling fatigued and younger talent are concerned about their future development and career growth. With new variants emerging and vaccines rolling out slower than we had hoped, we do not know how long this pandemic will last. Some companies are saying that working remotely is the way of the future, others expect more of a hybrid model.

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Too Little, Too Late: Why Many Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Fall Short

Too Little, Too Late: Why Many Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Fall Short

Held on 02/10/21

Tom Falkowski, Managing Director at Kates Kesler/Accenture, shared the thought process after his blog post, Too Little, Too Late: Why many Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Fall Short, exploring how The Star Model provides a holistic view to look at the diversity opportunity and it starts with strategy.

Diversity in companies is an organization design issue and it needs to be addressed as such. The research is clear; diverse organizations and teams make better decisions and outperform those that are less diverse. Yet, why are Diversity and Inclusion programs and initiatives so ubiquitous?

  • While many organizations are making strides in the right direction, too many fall short of their goals and aspirations.
  • Perhaps the biggest obstacle is that too many people still think about the lack of diversity as a problem to be solved versus an opportunity to be seized.

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Human-Centered Org Design

Human-Centered Org Design

Held on 01/19/21

Insights from the community (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

This Pop-Up conversation explored applying human-centered design methods to Organization Design?

Things to think about:

  • How might a human-centered approach change the organization design approach or process?
  • Would a human-centered design approach change the problem to solve or the job to be done?
  • What would organizational change and transformation look like if human-centered design were applied?

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Shifting Value and Defining Outcomes in Managing Distant Work

Shifting Value and Defining Outcomes in Managing Distant Work

Held on 10/06/20

Insights from the community (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

This Pop-Up conversation focused on how work and value have shifted with the dramatic acceleration in distant work and how organization design professionals can lead in finding new ways of working and managing work.

Figuring out how to work going forward requires us to revisit what the value of work is and subsequently what we should measure. Traditionally the value of work has been based on productivity however this traditional measure is not directly connected to experience.

Another dimension is what has been called the ‘productivity paradox’, a number of studies have found that productivity has been dropping in spite of decades of technology investment. Efforts by leaders to focus on productivity by monitoring screen time and meeting attendance have backfired in many cases, causing lower satisfaction and higher stress, while still not improving results.

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Leading Virtual Teams – Staying Connected, Engaged and Productive in Complexity

Leading Virtual Teams – Staying Connected, Engaged and Productive in Complexity

Held on 04/15/20
TTodd Weinstein, former internal OD consultant and Managing Principal at Gavia Partners introduces the 5-part Leadership Web of Success Model™ that explores how virtual team leaders help people connect to each other and to their organizations.

A leader’s capacity to effectively connect and collaborate across time zones, business units, cultures, geography is becoming an essential skill. To successfully leverage technology and sustain this connection, leaders must link together critical success factors.

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Experimenting with Organization Design for Millennials

Experimenting with Organization Design for Millennials

Held on 03/19/20

Mar 19th Pop-Up Conversation  (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

We engaged the Cultivate team from ON Semiconductor as they share some of their research and work on these topics. We will also hear from some of ODF’s organization designers as they share their thoughts on the implications to organization design and provide some thoughts on how you might design a more engaging organization for millennials and multi-generations.

Innovation & Organizations Pop-Up Conversation – Audio Only

Innovation and Organizations

Innovation & Organizations

Held on 02/11/20

On this pop up call a diverse group of practitioners specializing in innovation and organization design, development and change will (virtually) circle round for 45 minutes, beginning discussion with:

  1. What is the most common mistake that you see in organizations around innovation?
  2. What is a success story and to what do you attribute the success?

Innovation & Organizations Pop-Up Conversation – Audio Only

Feb 11th Pop-Up Conversation  (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

Beyond “Strategic”Organization Design…Working at the Operating Model Level

Beyond “Strategic” Organization Design…Working at the Operating Model Level

Held on 01/30/20

During this community conversation, we discussed what is meant by “operating model” with practical examples and how is that the same or different than “strategic design. And of course, we’ll discuss and debate the results, impacts and consequences of working at the operating model level.

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What is an Operating Model? (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

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Catalyzing More Powerful Meetings –A Focus on Design

Catalyzing More Powerful Meetings –A Focus on Design

Held on 12/02/19

The Alchemy of Meetings (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

OBJECTIVES: In this conversation we will:

  • Share a simple framework for thinking about meetings holistically, with an emphasis on preparation and design.
  • In virtual breakout groups, invite participants to share their own experiences – both the struggles and successes
  • In the full group, share out common themes from those discussions
  • Conclude with reflections on best opportunities to practice in our upcoming meetings

Organization Design Confessions of a Leader

Organization Design Confessions of a Leader

Held on 10/16/19

Have you ever wondered what a c-suite leader really thinks of organization design? Have you struggled to influence a leaders’ thinking on organization design? Community members engage in a conversation with two business leaders who have agreed to share their wisdom and experience. Jeff Tritt and Terri Hill are anxious to hear what questions and challenges you have in engaging leaders in org design.

Our format will focus on your inquiries, so please come ready with questions and challenges you wish to discuss. This will be a great opportunity to get some coaching and ideas on how to talk organization design to a leader and build your ability to influence and coach leaders.

Community Engagement & Input

Community Engagement & Input

Held on 08/28/19

ODF board member, Cynthia Escamilla, shares the results of our community-wide survey, the actions we are taking as a result, and facilitates a discussion seeking your insights and ideas on how we can collectively best build and serve our ODF community.

The results of this conversation will be important input for the BoD’s upcoming annual strategic planning session.

Technology in Service of People – The after-party “ah ha moments”

Technology in Service of People- The after-party “ah ha moments”

Held on 05/02/19

To continue our connections and thinking, please join us on Thursday, May 2nd at noon EDT for a Community Conversation where we will reflect on what was most valuable to us, what we will experiment with, and what is still resonating for us.  We’d also like to spend a few minutes getting feedback from you to make our 2020 conference in Nashville even better.

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Emerging Organizations –Where Are the Lines?

Emerging Organizations- Where Are the Lines?

Held on 03/13/19

Join ODF board member, Stuart Wigham PhD, in a conversation exploring his doctoral research around new and novel approaches to organization formation.

Stuart’s research focused on the case of a public sector organization creating a company to trade in the market place in order to raise revenue to support other public services.  In addition to the typical organization design conundrums this raises, it also raises the question of where are the lines (or not) between business and enterprise.

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Is Honesty a Design Challenge?

Is Honesty a Design Challenge?

Held on 01/24/19

Is Honesty a Design Challenge? (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

Ron Carucci, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Navalent, and also a keynote speaker at ODF’s 2019 Annual Conference in a conversation exploring designing for integrity.

Ron has recently completed a 15-year longitudinal study revealing four systemic patterns that directly shape whether or not people will show up with integrity – fully themselves, with all of their best ideas, honest about what they see and think, and ready to contribute to the organization’s greater good.

In this session, Ron will preview the findings in advance of his keynote presentation at the conference in April on where and how honesty is, in fact, a design issue for organizations.

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Can We as Org Designers Ever Reach Critical Mass In Our Work?

Can We as Org Designers Ever Reach Critical Mass In Our Work?

Held on 12/12/18

Paul Tolchinsky led a conversation to explore our past successes and failures, what we’ve learned and how we take our learning’s into the future together.  What is the impact and momentum organization designers have had on each other and organizations?  How do we build bridges to other adjacent communities? 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?

Organization Redesign at Chevron Pipeline: Minding the Flow

Organization Redesign at Chevron Pipeline: Minding the Flow

Held on 06/14/18

An engaging conversation on a successful organization redesign at Chevron Pipeline Company (CPL). CPL used a phased, leader-led project approach to set direction, create design, and execute deployment over a 9-month period. Expect an energizing conversation sharing some of the contradictions and challenges, that led to overall successful outcomes.

Minding the Flow (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

Designing for Agility & Innovation

Designing for Agility & Innovation

Held on 05/10/18

This Community Conversation will bridge the gap between our virtual sessions and our annual conference. Whether you attended the conference or not there will be something here for you.

Join us to discuss the themes of Agility and Innovation, which the conference centered around. We’ll share lessons learned during the diverse plenary presentations and peer workshops, and just as importantly . . . the cherry on top. . . all of the very engaging integration discussions sprinkled throughout.

Complexity of Consulting for Changing Organizations

Complexity of Consulting for Changing Organizations

Held on 02/27/18
Author Peter Block will explore the challenges of consulting for changing organizations and the complexity of consulting in a world where change efforts can become cosmetic and never fulfill their potential. Based on his book, Flawless Consulting, he will discuss how to have influence and act as a partner. Partnership is the point, contracting is the skill, and recognizing the difference and leveraging each at the right time – that’s the art.

Complexity of Consulting (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

Socio-Technical Systems for Dynamic Organization Design

Socio-Technical Systems for Dynamic Organization Design

Held on 03/29/17

Join us as Dr. Marty Trevino, Technical Director of Mission Analytics for the U.S. Dept. of Defense, discusses how the fusion of business intelligence, decision science, and organization design & development is changing everything, and what an OD practitioner path to relevance in the new world may be.

STS for Dynamic Organization Design (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

Achieving and Sustaining Design Outcomes

Achieving and Sustaining Design Outcomes

Held on 02/08/17

Join community member, Dan Ritter and his co-facilitator, Peter Ross, in an engaging dialogue on the considerations beyond establishment of an initial organization design to achieve and sustain desired results. Organization design work is not complete once an effective and efficient design has been established. Explore ways to be thoughtful about transitions, establish and track measures of success, and monitor future design needs.

Achieving & Sustaining Design (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

Accelerating Design Processes

Accelerating Design Processes

Held on 01/05/17

Join ODF Board member, Bill Zybach, as he leads a discussion addressing the pace of change. . . The world is accelerating at a rapid pace, and our clients expect us to move beyond old linear approaches to design. What have you done to keep up with both the expectations and the pace of change?

Accelerating Design (.txt file from Chat Box dialogue)

Consulting in Adaptive Systems

Consulting in Adaptive Systems

Held on 12/30/16

Join community member, Mary Winby, in a conversation about how, as the environment becomes more complex, the concept and process for org design and consulting is changing. Explore ways consultants can be more adaptive to address client real-time needs.

Power of Presence

Power of Presence

Held on 11/30/16

Join community member, Anna McGrath and her co-facilitator, Julianna Christie, as they lead a conversation on the topic of personal mastery . . .