|SoL Flash Volume 8, Number 5|
"SoL Community FLASH!"
Volume 8, Number 5
I'd like to invite you to help us fill a need in the SoL office. We are seeking a full-time intern to perform reception and administrative duties as well as assist with special projects. While some of the duties are somewhat mundane, we feel that exposure to organizational learning concepts, practices, and community, as well as opportunities to assist with special projects makes this an ideal position for a recent graduate interested in pursuing graduate studies in this field. A full job description is available on our website. Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Diane Nakashian at +1-617-300-9550. I hope you will pass this on to anyone in your network who you feel might be a good fit for SoL.
This issue of the FLASH includes items from SoL members and friends Bettye Pruitt, Joe Laur, Penny Kennington, Irène Dupoux-Couturier, Arno Korpershoek, Göran Gennvi, Adam Kahane, Steve Cochran, Dan Hilbert, Juanita Brown, Alain Gauthier, Erica Fox, Marianne Picard, Otto Scharmer, Rick Karash, Deborah Rowland, Charlie Tweedly, Nick Craig, Sandy Heierbacher, Katherine Holt, Beth Jandernoa, James Flaherty, Doug Silsbee, Leanne Grillo, and Carolyn Hendrickson. Member-to-member knowledge and information exchange is what the FLASH is all about. Please let us know more about the work you are doing so that we may share it with the community.
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FEATURE: EXTENDED REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR SoL SUSTAINABILITY FORUM: SoL Forum on Business Innovation for Sustainability: Leadership and Learning for a Living Economy, October 11-14, 2004, Dearborn, MI
FEATURE: FOOD AND PEACE PROJECTS HIGHLIGHT SoL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES IN THE AREA OF CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION
1) REFLECTIONS 5.9: Insight and Wisdom: New Horizons for Readers
Register before October 1 to take advantage of extended discounts for the first SoL Forum on Business Innovation for Sustainability. This important event will serve as a catalyst for accelerated learning and thinking on sustainability through innovative best practices, compelling case studies, and interaction with leaders in the field.
The Forum offers:
The Forum features over thirty interactive sessions including presentations from:
Visit the conference registration website, or call +1-617-964-6916 to reserve your place today. A $200 discount will be applied to all registrations received before October 1. And SoL members receive an additional $400 reduction. Some scholarships are available for researchers, students and educators.
With its reach across sectors and industries, SoL is well situated to act as an incubator for new projects and learning communities that draw together diverse partners in the pursuit of new knowledge to support fundamental innovation and change.
The Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) is one such program that is dedicated to engaging, enabling, and supporting 21st-century leaders committed to taking responsibility for bringing about positive transformation within our world and addressing the critical issues of our time. Still in its early stages, GLI has committed to launching, in the next five years, ten Leadership Laboratories, using the U-Process to seek breakthrough results on stuck global problems. Two GLI projects already underway, the Sustainable Food Laboratory and the Generative Dialogue Project, exemplify the SoL community's efforts in the area of high-impact cross-sector collaboration.
The Sustainable Food Laboratory project, launched earlier this year in conjunction with Sustainability Institute (SI) and Generon Consulting, is working to create food supply chains that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable.
The Generative Dialogue Project (formerly called Global Dialogue Project), undertaken together with Synergos Institute, the Democratic Dialogue Project of UNDP, and GAN-Net, seeks to identify advanced practitioners working within various established disciplines -- such as peace building, negotiation, mediation, appreciative inquiry, and multi-stakeholder dialogue -- who are well along in developing generative approaches. A learning team convened from this group will define and work together on critical process issues, develop a common understanding of what approaches work well in which contexts, and guide dissemination of the knowledge and know-how the collective effort produces.
On the initial research team are SoL members and friends Bettye Pruitt, Katrin Kaeufer, Steve Waddell, Kate Parrot, and Alexander Grashow. The team expects to add institutional connections and team members as they proceed.
Organizations invest heavily in skills assessments, executive coaching, and other programs to develop leaders. Often lost in these training regimens is one of leadership's most essential tasks: expanding people's capacity for high-quality thinking. Though critical to the success of all organizations, we seldom stop to examine our individual and collective thought processes. In this feature, Robin Charbit and Charles Kiefer call on us to do just that. By becoming aware of our mental states, and learning to step back and quiet the mind, we can elicit fresh thought often, the authors say, with profound results. The issue includes commentaries by Charlie Fischer, Miguel Oliveira, and C. Sherry Immediato. View the issue online.
We will begin publishing Reflections on a calendar year basis beginning with Volume 6 in January. We would like to learn from our experience by getting your feedback from readers. Before year end, we'll be asking for your input through a reader survey and an invitation to participate in focus groups. We're looking for volunteers to help us in the process of collecting feedback. If you are interested in conducting phone interviews or taking notes for teleconference focus group sessions, please contact Sherry Immediato. In addition, we'd like to establish a group of editorial advisors to help support the on-going development of Reflections. If you would like to nominate someone you think would make a good advisor, you should also contact Sherry.
SoL's next Global Forum is planned for Vienna, Austria in September of 2005. The design team for this meeting will be meeting in Vienna on October 1-2 to draft an initial design and finalize dates for the meeting. If you would like provide input to the team as they consider the structure and theme for the meeting, you can contact Sherry Immediato and she will pass on your comments to the team. You will receive an official announcement of the SoL Global Forum 2005 following the planning meeting.
** SoL Forum on Business Innovation for Sustainability: Leadership and Learning for a Living Economy, October 11-14, 2004, Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center, Dearborn, MI
View the Forum brochure.
Continuing to build interest and momentum, the next meeting of the SoL European Sustainability Group is designed for both members and newcomers. This meeting will start with dinner on 3 November, and continue on 4 November with the exploration of a number of themes linked to sustainability and organisational learning, including connecting with nature and storytelling.
On Friday 5 November, a smaller group of members or potential members of the SoL European Sustainability Group will meet to look at their ecological footprints, work further on their projects, and plan for the future.
The liaison officer team meeting co-hosted by Unilever and Solvay in Paris earlier this month proved expansive and substantive, as well as fun. In addition to founding SoL organizational members AT&T, Intel, NSA, Shell, Unilever, World Bank-IFC, and Harley Davidson, a number of European organizations including Solvay, UNEDIC, and Institute Pasteur, were represented from Sol France and SoL UK.
One of the objectives for the meeting was to test whether organizations from SoL Europe would be interested in engaging in collaborative work with the founding Sol liaison group. A presentation on the Large Scale Change research initiative that has involved AT&T, Unilever, Intel, and DTE was both provocative and engaging. The next phase of the project, "High Impact Change," was of interest to several of the European organizations. Also of interest was the research work underway in the area of global leadership, including that presented by Nora Hughes from Intel, which investigates the relationship between personally meaningful work and leadership development.
An important outcome of the meeting was the relationship building that occurred both in the sessions and at dinners graciously hosted by Unilever and Solvay at the Louvre and on the Seine. Those who participated in the experience came away with a sense of real excitement and enthusiasm about the possibilities of SoL working as a truly global organization.
The next liaison officer team meeting will be hosted by Ford in the Detroit area, November 16-18, 2004.
** Core Competencies Course: Building Learning Organizations, October 4-8, 2004, Bedford, MA, with facilitators Robert Hanig and Beth Jandernoa
This course conveys the essence of SoL's mission by teaching new perspectives for individual and collective learning. It was first presented in March 1992, in conjunction with the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, and has since been attended by more than 2,000 managers and individuals from SoL member and non-member organizations. It is designed for individuals and teams interested in working together to apply organizational learning tools and methods to practical issues in the context of their organization.
This is not a typical management-training course. The program emphasizes that knowledge is really the capacity for action and that learning is the development of that capacity. Although it will introduce you to new tools and methods, it is not primarily focused on tools and methods. It is based on a simple premise: that there is no better way to learn about learning organizations and how they can be brought about than to create such an organization. After attending the course, you will have an understanding of the core competencies required for building learning organizations and you will have the experience of participating in a learning community. You will have an enhanced ability to think systemically, communicate effectively, and lead honorably.
View a full program brochure for the Boston course with registration information.
(See further details in FEATURE above)
Product development is one of the most complex processes an organization manages. For the past two years, SoL has been working with the IAPD to combine our efforts and create an on-going community of practice in this area. All SoL organizational members are welcome to attend the next meeting of this group. Current SoL members who participate include: Harley Davidson, Intel, United Technologies, and Visteon. For more information, please contact Sherry Immediato (SoL) <mailto:email@example.com> or call 617-300-9540.
The product development process embodies the three major dimensions of systems complexity; detail complexity (number of steps or activities), social complexity (number of groups or organizations), and dynamic complexity (delays in feed-back between discreet steps or activities). Issues of social and dynamic complexity underlie the difficulty organizations experience in effecting change. Today, an enormous body of practices, which address almost any problem an organization may face in product development project management, or, more broadly, in the management of innovation, is available to companies throughout the world. The issue is not what practices to employ, but rather why is it so difficult to learn, to act on what we know? Today, corporations recognize that knowledge which fails to lead to action has no value.
This session will explore the practices of portfolio management and pipeline resourcing, where the root causes of many systemic product development problems are concentrated, and which are the subjects of IAPD Communities of Practice formed following our June workshop. We will focus on finding the causes of the widespread difficulty we all experience in acting on the knowledge we have gained, in putting into effect the practices we believe we should use. The Communities of Practice and other presenters will address, in the context of portfolio and pipeline issues, the social and dynamic complexities that underlie organizational change, the initiation of new practices and the implementation of successful new organizational structures.
For more information visit the IAPD website.
As a longtime steward of the global SoL community and an international consultant who devotes half his time to his clients in Europe, Alain Gauthier brings a particularly global perspective to this Foundations for Leadership program. Much of Alain's work focuses on the development of natural leadership -- both individual and collective in executive and cross-sector teams. In his current engagement with Oxfam and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, he is applying his insights on leadership to a most critical large scale change challenge.
The purpose of the Foundations for Leadership program is to explore the human sources of natural leadership. Leadership is both deeply personal and inherently collective. It concerns the capacity of a human community to shape its destiny and, in particular, to bring forth new realities in line with people's deepest aspirations. This program goes deeply into the domains of personal mastery, collaborative inquiry, and the systems perspective applied to sustaining profound change. It is intended for everyone committed to deepening their capacity for effective leadership - including those in senior management positions and those with no formal authority. Teams are encouraged to attend to further develop their collective leadership.
The program places a strong emphasis on the core learning competency of a creative orientation and the discipline of personal mastery. Participants spend significant time developing their personal vision as well as one they desire for their organization. Much of the learning occurs through the interplay of personal and interpersonal work among the participants. The special contribution of this leadership program comes as participants discover the profound connections between personal mastery and systems thinking, seeing that deep change in our social systems and in oneself are inseparable from each other.
See a full program brochure with registration information.
** SoL European Sustainability Group
SoL France is coordinating a second learning expedition for up to 20 visitors from different countries in Europe and various organizations. Participants will be active managers in companies, business schools, and public administration as well as consultants, who are in a position to lead important changes in management, leadership, and organizations. The program will be conducted in English.
To register, please contact Sophie Juin. Or, for more information, feel free to contact SoL members who participated in the first Learning Expedition in December 2003: Etienne Collignon, Irène Dupoux-Couturier, Manfred Mack, Laurent Marbacher
SoL Sweden holds their regular monthly meetings at 17.30 on the first Tuesday of every month. Location: United Spaces, Södermälarstrand 26, 6th floor.
** New Publication from SoL Member, Adam Kahane
Position Description: Assists in the evaluation of the leadership and development needs throughout the company. Designs and implements corporate-wide organizational development initiatives. Provides coaching and feedback to employees and managers in the areas of performance, assessment results (personality and 360), career pathing, leadership development, organizational design. Leads and facilitates group or team interventions, focus groups, training programs, and other organizational effectiveness initiatives Coordinates work with Organizational Development department staff, other Company staff, and outside vendors. Develops and delivers project proposals, project summary reports, assessment reports, intervention summary presentations, key leadership presentations, and other written and verbal communications. Provides consulting, coaching, facilitating and other organizational development services to all levels throughout the Company.
Requirements: Bachelor's degree in psychology or related field required. Master's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology or highly related field strongly preferred. Minimum five years in the area of organizational development, particularly with selection, validation, assessment, succession planning, coaching, change management experience required. Management consulting experience preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Computer skills such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access required. Must be willing to travel 25% of the time.
How can we bring forth the collective wisdom that moves our organizations, communities and societies toward more life affirming futures? In an interdependent world where no single stakeholder can "win" alone on any truly challenging issue, how do we transcend traditional adversarial activism as we search for co-intelligent paths forward? What is the heartfelt call to action that resonates with our own deepest values and desire to make a difference?
Offered by the International Leadership Association in partnership with The Oxford Group, this forum will explore the roles of leaders in building learning teams and organisations as a means of creating inspired organisational performance. The event will be preceded on October 4 by a soiree d'introduction (en francais), and followed on October 6 with an in-depth workshop.
In this forum, participants will examine how collective learning is the key to competitive advantage in the information age. As we learn together information is transformed into knowledge, and meaning emerges out of the surrounding noise. Those leaders who are able to harness people's natural curiosity, desire to learn, and search for meaning will create high-performance organisations that adapt quickly to their environment and create additional value.
For more information or to register, visit the ILA wesite.
** Healing Conflict at the Core, and Evening with Peter Senge and Jon Kabat-Zinn, October 8, 2004, Cambridge, MA
The event will be held at Harvard Law School, Austin East, at 7:30pm.
Dialogue enables people to access and expand their collective intelligence. In AoTT participants will begin developing this capacity through skill-building and practical exercises such as:
This program is also being offered October 19-21, 2004, in Macau, China; and November 3-5, 2004, in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, please visit the Dia-Logos website, or contact Marianne Picard, +1.617.576.7986.
For more information or to register, please visit the GLI website.
Participants in this two-day systems thinking program:
The program is also offered November 16-17, 2004, in Washington, DC. For more information or to register, please go to the Graduate School website and follow the link for "Systems Thinking". Or contact Rick Karash.
>> To deepen participants' awareness of the underlying issues impacting their own change and performance challenges
The gathering will take place at a London venue, between 10am and 2pm, a buffet lunch will be provided. Please contact Katie Jones to let her know that you are planning to attend.
The Whole-Scale Change method overcomes many of the difficulties associated with fostering change by combining large scale methods and traditional socio-technical systems-organization design techniques. In this 2-day workshop, participants will learn how to achieve sustainable results by cascading compatible designs from the strategy makers at the highest levels of the organization down to the detailed design implemented at the team level. Plus, you will get materials and insight that enable you to facilitate your redesign process with a minimum of external assistance.
Participants will learn simple tools and techniques that enable the productive discussions and decision-making necessary for change within the organization. Through lecture and hands-on involvement, participants will learn how to use the following to analyze and redesign their organizations:
This program is presented by Performance Development Associates in partnership with Boston University's Accelerated Graduate Program in Human Resource Education. For more information contact Charlie Tweedly, or view the full brochure.
As we progress into the 21st century, the leadership skills we have learned in the past no longer create the needed outcomes and results of our efforts. At the same time, the role of leaders and their organizations have become more important in this period of increasing global economic growth, rapid communication and information technology.
Leadership at the Core provides a powerful process that allows one to access, as needed, the intuitive hits that provide clarity and answers to difficult issues, thus leading to more effective decision-making. This workshop provides the essential tools for developing more powerful decision making and for laying out the foundation for great leaders.
For more information or to register, contact Nick Craig.
The design, experimental and research phases of these programs were funded by the Fetzer Institute, and the remarkable results in the participants' lives have been tracked over five years. The collective practices used to uncover a deeper sense of purpose, and to initiate the next phase of life or work, have grown out of dialogic and four quarter models used in much of the Ashland Institute's work.
For more information or to register, view the full brochure.
The day will begin with an overview of Integral Coaching, and then participants can share specific cases with which they'd like support. Everyone is invited to join the discussion. The morning will end with James conducting a live demonstration of coaching. In the afternoon, James will discuss what it takes to create happiness and introduce practices for doing so. Participants will then engage in a series of exercises to develop these competencies and use them with clients. Throughout the day, the floor will be open to questions, comments, and discussion.
Register now for the 2004 Pegasus Conference and save $500! "Building Collaborations to Change Our Organizations and the World: Systems Thinking in Action®" will be held on December 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
The comprehensive conference experience includes:
For details about the program or to register, visit the Pegasus website. Team discounts and scholarships are still available-call Carrie at +1-800-272-0945.
For RFP and more information, please visit the conference website.
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