October 2014

   This is the second edition of the PNODN Newsletter. We hope that you enjoyed the first one and that you found it to be of some value to you. As we mentioned, we welcome your inputs, articles, book reviews, items of interest about you, you career, and about OD.

 It will be for members only and welcomes contributions from members such as a long or short review of a book that you’ve read, or a program that you attended, or a success that you have achieved. It’s an opportunity to get your name in print. Send submissions to info@pnodn.org and indicate in the subject line that it is for the newsletter.  We would like content submitted by the 20th of each month.                                   

                               
NEWS

One of the major themes of this next season of PNODN will be an  PNODN Project: What is OD in 2014 and beyond? Its objectives will be to  foster dialogue about OD definitions among PNODN membership; to explore the common thought: “After all, what is OD about?”; and to discuss current attributes that make OD concept and practice based on OD well established concepts.  

There will be interim steps along the way to involve our members in the pursuit of the project. Keep tuned to the Newsletter and Announcements from PNODN for how you can become involved.

 

 

                                       
                                        

 

 F.Y.I.                                            

 SIETAR (The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) is meeting Portland Oregon for the SIETAR-USA 14th ANNUAL CONFERENCE from October 22–25, 2014. The 2014 Conference theme is Pioneering Intercultural Leadership: From Awareness to Action. Details from: sietarusa.org   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       

BOOK REVIEW

By David C. Wigglesworth

Trompenaars, Fons and Ed Voerman “Servant Leadership Across Cultures – Harnessing the Strength of the World’s Most Powerful Management Philosophy.” Infinite Ideas Ltd, Oxford, UK:2009. 190 pp.

     

A quotation on the back cover of this book from Herman Whijffels of the World Bank, Washington,DC and Director of the Board for the Greenleaf Foundation states: This book is especially recommended for leaders who make decisions using their minds, but also want to speak from the heart. They dare to ask themselves: “who or what I do I serve with this decision?” The authors’ conclusion is both positive and hopeful for the future; there are challenging cultural differences which can be overcome with the principle of servant-leadership. And thankfully people are not the same, but equal.

Servant-leadership, according to the book, emphasizes the leader’s role as a steward of the organization’s human, financial and other resources. One could say that it encourages leaders to serve others while maintaining focus on achieving results that are in agreement with the organization’s values and integrity.

What the authors do in this book is to show how servant-leadership can work in differing cultural environments. They utilize a modified version of the seven dilemmas of Trompenaars early works i.e. leading versus serving, rules versus exceptions, parts versus the whole, control versus passion, specific versus diffuse, short term versus long term and push versus pull. They provide mini case studies of these dilemmas, offer routes to reconciliation and each chapter provides a resolution of the specific dilemma.

The last two chapters address how we can measure integrity and ways of benchmarking servant-leadership. The book also provides an online instrument that enables readers to diagnose different leadership value tensions as they occur.
 

 

 

 

  
MEETING SUMMARY

OD is a value system which transcends job title and career.  

 

By Joey Pauley

That seemed to be a major theme of the September meeting of the Pacific Northwest Organization Development Chapter. The  meeting had members discussing questions our board has been pondering themselves. Similarly, on a national scale the OD network has convened meetings around the same topics.  To open these questions up to our membership was an opportunity to understand their thoughts and generate new ideas. The facilitated session focused on four tables that discussed....  

 
- What do we want from our PNODN community and what do we have to give?

- What are the qualities of your best partners and allies to foster your work in OD? 

- How do you define OD? If you need to explain OD in your organization or to a client, how do you do it?

- What type of situations give you the sign to say we need an OD intervention here?  What is your process?

 
There was a lot of energy around "What do we want from our PNODN community and what do we have to give?" and "What are the qualities of your best partners and allies to foster your work in OD?"  There was a connection between these topics that PNODN is focusing on with new programs such as communities of practice and a mentoring system.  

 
There was less energy around the tables discussing "How do you define OD? If you need to explain OD in your organization or to a client, how do you do it?" and  "What type of situations give you the sign to say we need an OD intervention here?  What is your process?" The conversations seemed more divergent as time went on.  What participants could agree on is OD is a value system which transcends job title and career.  

 
The meeting was rife with energy and ideas as usual.  The action items I came out of there with are  to put more energy into communities of practice, mentoring, and developing our network.  I look forward to further engaging our membership to developing these structures. 
                     

 

 

                             
CONTEST

We heard your feedback and revised our contest.

What does distinguish OD in 2014 and beyond?

Click here to send us your response or send an email to info@pnodn.org by Oct 31st. The winner contribution will be chosen by PNODN Board and you may win a copy of “Practicing Organization Development” by Rothwell, Sullivan, and McLean..

This contest is part of a bigger project and during the next 6 months we will:
1. foster dialogue about important aspects of OD among the PNODN membership.
2. explore the following idea: “After all, what does distinguish OD these days?”
3. craft a conversation about 2014 OD trends and beyond.

 

THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM

 

The October PNODN Meeting on October 13th will feature Kim Adams and Ellia Ryan and the topic will be: OD Professionals as Healthcare Practitioners.....WHAT!?

This presentation will explore the intersection of employee health and well being with OD practice and facilitate a discussion on how this intersection could be leveraged for the greatest good of the organization and its people. This could just be the next cutting edge of OD practice, and highly sought after by employers.

 

 

Register Now and plan to attend!

 

 

HOW TO REACH US                                     

                                                                             
President – Joey Pauley
Vice President – Magda C. Kaspery
Secretary/Treasurer – Carol Turner

Members at Large: David C. Wigglesworth, Pooja Agnihotri, Rachel Dexheimer


Our Administrator is: Ann M. Baus 


The Editor of the newsletter is David C. Wigglesworth 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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