Events Library

Events Library

Past conferences

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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

Recent conversations

ODF & EODF July 28th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF July 28th Global 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

Listen to the Audio Only File (.m4a)

ODF & EODF Global OD Trends (June 2021)

ODF + EODF June 30th Global Conversation

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  •  Eliminate Strategic Overload
  • Deciphering the Real Priorities by Looking at How Leaders Allocate Their Time and Resources
  • How a Startup Mindset Brews Innovation at a Global Scale
  • The Next Management Model… Is from China?
  • Leadership in Organisation Design
  • Bonus content: William of Baskerville in the Library

ODF + EODF June 30th Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

ODF + EODF May 26th Global Conversation

ODF + EODF May 26th Global Conversation

Held on 05/26/21

ODF + EODF May 26th Global Conversation (.txt file from Chatbox dialog)

This month’s newsletter topics include:

  • Forces of Nature
  • Workforce Ecosytems
  • How to Do Hybrid Right
  • Use Employee Personas to Design Employee Experience for a Hybrid Workforce
  • How Self-Organization Serves Psychological Safety – and Helps Produce Results
  • Bonus article: How to Promote Racial Equity in the Workplace

May 26th Global Conversation – Audio Only

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

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.

Listen to the Audio (.m4a) only

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

View Mark’s slide deck

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 . . .