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"Managing Ethical Dilemmas as OD Practitioners" | Evening Program

  • 10 Mar 2015
  • 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Silver Spring, MD


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Evening Program | March 10, 2015

"Managing Ethical Dilemmas as OD Practitioners" 

Presenters: Mark Sachs and Stephan Dix

Program Description: As OD practitioners we often find ourselves in work situations that present us with ethical dilemmas.  They can occur when trying to meet a client’s demands and constraints while addressing their organizational needs.  Dilemmas can also show up in action research projects when what we learn is different from what the client expects.  Finally, ethical dilemmas can show up just in the course of doing business, e.g. contracting.  So, how do we remain true to the profession and ourselves, serve the client, and still earn a living?

In this session you will be provided with actual case studies that OD professionals have faced. You will discuss what you would have done differently, and learn how the OD person managed them – or not.  You will have an opportunity to discuss dilemmas you or others in the room have experienced.  You will leave the session with learning and awareness that will help to navigate ethical dilemmas in the future.

Learning Objectives:

1. What is an ethical dilemma and how is it defined?
2. The kinds of issues that usually cause ethical dilemmas.
3. Tools to use to avoid ethical dilemmas.

Date: March 10, 2015

Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza (Room: Fenton)
Silver Spring, MD

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  • 6:15-6:45 PM | Networking & Light Appetizers
  • 6:45-8:45 PM | Evening Program


Mark Sachs has been an OD practitioner and executive coach for more than 15 years.  His focus is on helping organizations and their people reach their full potential. 

In his consulting practice his areas of focus include assessing organizational effectiveness, increasing communication among staff, developing effective teams, and successfully managing change. 

In his coaching practice he focuses on helping executives and managers develop their leadership skills. 

He has a particular interest in helping staff set better boundaries with others. 

His clients have included NASA, IRS, NIH, USAID, Washington Post, VeriSign, Federal Realty Investment Trust, National Governors Association, Holy Cross Hospital, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Prior to opening his consulting firm, Mark was Director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Management Consulting Service.  He was Manager of Station Relations at National Public Radio before his work at CPB. 

Mark earned his MS degree in Organization Development from the American University/NTL Institute.  He also holds MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is a graduate of Coach University, and he has PCC certification. 

In 2013 he was given the CBODN Courageous Practitioner Award. 

Stephan Dix is a management consultant with 20 years of experience providing management services to government, non-profit, and private sector organizations.  He specializes in organizational development, change management, and leadership succession management.  He is also an expert in training-the-trainer in interactive multicultural adult learning methods and strategies.
He has worked for CARE, CRS, USAID, WFP, Church World Service, Seventh Day Adventists and other NGOs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, the South Pacific, and Asia.  Stephan has applied leadership and management skills in establishing and implementing programs involving staff of up to 88 and budgets ranging from $1.2 to $13.5 billion. 
He holds an M.Sc degree in Development Management from The American University, a Life and Career Coaching Certificate from the Coaches Training Institute, and a Certificate in Organizational Development, Change Management, and Adult Training from Georgetown University.  He speaks fluent Arabic, French, and Haitian Creole.

Register: Register online, or to pay by check, download a registration form and mail to CBODN, 1325 G St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. 

Registration Fee  Before March 10 At the Door
CBODN Members  $20 $30
Non-Members/Guests  $30 $45


For registration questions, please contact CBODN Support

*Refunds will not be issued within 48 hours of an event as catering and other event related costs are associated with registration at that time.



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