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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Creative Force of Resistance - a Gestalt Perspective for OD Practitioners"

  • 05 Sep 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room B, 4805 Edgemoor Lane Bethesda, MD 20814

DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

Topic: The Creative Force of Resistance - a Gestalt Perspective for OD Practitioners


Description:  Resistance is a natural and inevitable part of any group process that occurs whenever people confront boundaries or anticipate change. Rather than seeing resistance as an obstacle, OD practitioners can use it as an opportunity to support people and promote the development of a healthy and productive organization. By participating in this session, you will learn about the Gestalt perspective on resistance and the range of interventions you might offer to a group. You will be better equipped to help groups engage productively with resistance, resulting in improved outcomes.

Participants will:

  • Learn approaches to creatively engage with resistance at the level of self, individual, and the group.
  • Gain appreciation of resistance as a normal product of any successful intervention.
  • Heighten awareness of the different forms that resistance might take, and how to distinguish those variations.

Presenters:  Michael Randel

Michael Randel is the founder of Randel Consulting Associates, where he leads a consulting practice with a team of associates that has worked in more than 30 countries, leading organizations through change and growth. Michael focuses on bringing people together in the face of tough, almost unresolvable differences. He supports them in addressing complex problems (such as water, education, health, finance, and scientific research) so they can achieve results together. As a result of his work, his clients are stronger, more successful and positioned for future growth.  

Michael works at individual, team, organizational and societal levels with the full spectrum of private, public and non-profit organizations. The quality and influence of his work has been recognized by global awards (including in Facilitation Impact and Trustworthy Business). Michael is a graduate of the prestigious International Gestalt Organization and Leadership Development (iGOLD) program.  Learn more at www.RandelConsultingAssociates.com

CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net

Mark has been an OD consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He enjoys seeing his clients and their organizations take steps to change, and when they are successful it gives him great pleasure.  He earned his MS in OD from the American University/NTL Institute and MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is an International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

Cancellation Policy: Registrants should contact Mark if they need to cancel.  Due to the room size, registrations will be limited so please contact Mark soonest if you register but are then unable to attend so others can register and attend instead.

Additional Notes:  A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.

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