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SoL North America Community Café
Reflection on Practice:
Moving beyond Competence to Mastery

with Grady McGonagill and Steve Ober
April 4, 2014 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
DoubleTree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford, MA, United States


Grady McGonagill

Grady has been Principal of McGonagill Consulting for most of the past thirty years. For two years he was Director of Learning for Generon Consulting, a company dedicated to the application of Theory U to stuck global problems. His recent practice focuses on leadership development, with an emphasis on coaching. And his current priority is supporting activities and organizations dedicated to addressing climate change.

Grady’s clients comprise a diverse range of corporate, government, and non-profit organizations world-wide, including McKinsey & Company, Crown Equipment Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, the Open Society Institute, National Audubon Society, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the American Symphony Orchestra League, the New York State Board of Regents, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His workshops on leadership, coaching, conflict management, and influence skills have been offered through a number of executive programs, including The Center for Management Research and Babson College.

Grady holds a doctorate from Harvard University and a master's degree from Stanford University. He is a contributor to The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, edited by Peter Senge et al., and the author of "The Coach as Reflective Practitioner" in Executive Coaching, edited by Catherine Fitzgerald and Jennifer Garner Berger, and the 2012 book Leadership and Web 2.0.

For more on Grady’s work and writings see and In particular, his article "The Coach as Reflective Practitioner,” downloadable from either site, is a good pre-reading for this program.

Steven Ober

Steve is a senior practitioner in Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Organizational Learning and Change, and Executive Team Learning. He has worked successfully with senior executives and managers at multiple levels in high tech, business and industry, health care, government, and education.

Steve was a Vice-President and Partner at Arthur D. Little, a Principal at Innovation Associates, and key member of the ADL Strategy and Organization Practice. Currently. He is the Principal of Chrysalis Executive Coaching & Consulting. He holds a BA and MA from Baylor University, an MTS from Harvard, and an EdD in Organizational Studies from Boston University. His clients have included: Boston Consulting Group, Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Microsoft Corp, Monitor Group, NASA, Time-Warner, US Steel, and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Steve has authored numerous published articles, professional guidebooks, and book chapters, including Unleashing the Power of your Story, smashwords, 2014; "Interaction Archetypes: Keys to Group Difficulty and Productivity,” The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups, Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2010; and "Encouraging Enrollment, Personal Stories as a Vehicle for Change, Prism, 2000.

Steve is also a co-host and regular contributor to the Leadership Blog in the Authenticity Consulting Free Management Library:

Steve has developed and successfully uses a powerful approach to coaching,Creating your Leadership Story,that enables leaders to make deep, lasting improvements in their effectiveness in short periods of time. His E-Book, Unleashing the Power of Your Story, makes Steve’s approach available to all readers—whether they are executives, managers, professionals, or simply people who want to grow and develop

For more on Steve’s work see

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