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CBODN Learning Series - You Are What You Practice: Use of Self and Self Mastery

  • 27 Mar 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom

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You Are What You Practice: Use of Self and Self Mastery

Is your practice what you preach and teach?

In this session, participants will experiment with undoing lies and seeking transformation. These two skills are essential to the practice of OD. We will use techniques and tools developed by the GestaltOSD Center. They are part of an integrative perspective called Heartfulness Organization & Systems Development.


Desired Outcomes: Heightened Awareness of your answers to:

  1. What is OD?
  2. What is your Practice?
  3. What is your answer to the three fundamental questions of life?
  4. What is your one-minute OD introduction of yourself?



John D. Carter is an internationally prominent organizational consultant and innovative educator. He has led and designed some of the most creative and innovative organizational change efforts in the field of Organization Development. Currently President of the Gestalt Center for Organization & Systems Development (OSD), John has served the fields of OD and Gestalt OSD for over 40 years as founder and CEO of John D. Carter & Associates, and as an esteemed faculty member of several educational institutions (e.g., Gestalt Institute of Cleveland [GIC], Saybrook Institute, Benedictine University, Columbia University, Union Graduate School, and  Case Western Reserve University [CWRU]). He has served as an Executive Board or Trustee member of many leading organizations involved with OD (e.g., GIC, Gestalt International Study Center, National Training Laboratories [NTL], Fielding Graduate University, and ODN), and is an Emeritus member of NTL. John earned his Ph.D. from CWRU’s renowned Organizational Behavior program; he is a Kappa Alpha Psi and Alpha Phi Omega lifetime member. As an independent consultant, John has worked with over 40 leaders of major domestic and international organizations. He is a co-founder and developer of ground-breaking training programs in OSD at GIC, where he began as a student in the 1960s and went on to serve as a faculty member, CEO, Director of Corporate Training, Program and Finance Director, Dean of Faculty, and OSD Center Head. He is a GIC Distinguished Honorary Fellow. John has been honored by the Organization Development Network (ODN) and the   Gestalt Organization & Systems Development Center (GOSD) with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his career, John has continually developed a spiritual dimension, eventually becoming a Preceptor in the Ram Chandra Mission. John, the son of an original Tuskegee Airman, lives in Cleveland with his wife Veronica Hopper Carter, and daughter Annelise.


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About the Learner Series:

Every other month, CBODN hosts a workshop with a leader in the OD field. These interactive sessions are focused on applying new knowledge and experience to your work. 

Thank you John for joining this month's Learning Series! Please stay tuned for future month's topics and presenters.


Who We Are

Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) - is the premier DC Metro area network and community of practice of Organization Development (OD) practitioners. Founded in Chesapeake Bay, MD, our name still pays homage to our founders, and we are grateful for their brilliant minds and vital contributions to the field of OD.

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