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CBODN | CALENDAR

Upcoming events

    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    Leveraging Technically Unsolvable Interdependencies to Accelerate Client Goal Achievement

     “I believe the central leadership attribute is the ability to manage polarity.”
    Peter Koestenbaum, Leadership, New and Revised: The Inner Side of Greatness, A Philosophy for Leaders

    “If your organization strategy does not account for polarity, then it is not strategic.”

    Bob DeWitt and Ron Meyer, Strategy Synthesis

    In 1967, Churchman distinguished “Wicked Problems” from rationally solvable problems. In 1992, Johnson discussed unsolvable problems or “polarities” and how to identify and manage them. In 1994, Heifetz distinguished Technical (solvable) problems from Adaptive Challenges. Underlying these and other theories pointing the technically/rationally unsolvable (i.e., paradox, dilemma, tensions) is the phenomenon of interdependence.

    All leaders, teams, and organizational systems leverage interdependence -- more or less well.

    This session explores interdependency as the central “meta-theory” underpinning all development work with leaders, teams, and organizations – and HOW we as OD Practitioners can faster support seeing and leveraging interdependencies to improve the speed, attainability, and sustainability of client’s desired future state.

    "A visionary organization doesn't seek balance between short-term and long-term, for example: it seeks to do well in the short-term and in the long-term. A visionary organization doesn't simply balance between idealism and profitability: it seeks to be highly idealistic and highly profitable. A visionary organization doesn't simply balance between preserving a tightly held core ideology and stimulating vigorous change and movement; it does both to an extreme. In short, a visionary organization doesn't want to blend yin and yang into a grey, indistinguishable circle that is neither highly yin nor highly yang; it aims to be distinctly yin and distinctly yang -- both at the same time, all the time."

    Jim Collins, from Good-to-Great


    Cliff Kayser, MSOD, MSHR, PCC

    Chief Learning Officer, Polarity Partnerships, LLC
    Washington, D.C.

    Cliff is a thought leader, organization development practitioner, executive leadership coach, and facilitator/speaker who works worldwide to support leaders, teams, and organizations to supplement either/or thinking with both/and “Polarity Thinking” to enhance the quality of life on the planet, for everyone. Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty American University’s “KEY Executive Leadership” Program, George Mason University’s “Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being” Coach Training Program, and has served as the Dean of the 2-year Mastery Program in Polarity Thinking since 2014.

    Before joining Polarity Partnerships, Cliff was President of Xperience, LLC – an integrated solutions coaching/consulting firm he founded that includes “Kayser Ridge” a retreat and learning Center he built on a 40-acre plot of mountain land in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia (2-hours from Washington, D.C.). Prior to this, Cliff was VP of Organizational Development for The National Cooperative Bank spending nearly a decade serving The Washington Post newspaper as Senior Organization Development Consultant and corporate office of The Washington Post Company as head of Human Resources and Training.

    Cliff holds Masters Degrees in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management from American University and he completed his Certification Executive Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. He holds a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) designation from the International Coaching Federation.

    Cliff is an avid mountain-biker and intrepid traveler who integrates his 35 years of Tai Chi practice and appreciation of Eastern thought into his Polarity Thinking programs.

    • 09 Aug 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Zoom info will be included on registration confirmation email, and on reminders sent 7 days before and 1 day before the event.
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    Book Club

    Treat yourself to a good book and thought-provoking discussion this Spring and Summer! After launching a CBODN Summer Book Club in 2023, we are thrilled to return this year and join members and guests in an hour of facilitated discussion. Our time together will center around the themes presented in each selected book that matter to you as an OD practitioner. This monthly gathering is geared towards members and guests interested in a peer-supported and enhanced reading experience that offers new perspectives and personal development. Join us as we connect with fellow OD practitioners in a positive, supportive environment while promoting a love for reading and continuous learning.

    This Book Club also offers a great opportunity for members who are looking to practice or improve their facilitation skills, by co-facilitating alongside our recurring CBODN host. If you are interested in helping to facilitate a session and/or have a book selection suggestion, please reach out to Rachel Green (rachelbourgeoisgreen@gmail.com) for more information.

    August Book Selection

    On August 9th, we will be hosting a facilitated discussion of  Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... And What Does by Susan Fowler  The second edition of this bestseller reveals how motivation science is essential for solving the most vexing leadership issues—from hybrid work and retention to employee engagement. Motivation researcher and leadership consultant Susan Fowler expands on her groundbreaking Spectrum of Motivation model in this updated post-pandemic edition. New chapters tackle motivation science’s role in managing remote and hybrid work; expose overused tactics, such as gamification and tokens; and tell the fascinating backstory behind the great resignation and quiet quitting.

    Don't have time to read the whole book? That's okay! You are encouraged to attend whether you've read the whole thing, a few chapters, or even just the back cover. During the session we will provide the opportunity for peers to share their recap from the book and for all to explore their insights and learnings more deeply. 

    For future Book Club suggestions, or to appear as a guest facilitator, please respond to our interest form.


    • 28 Aug 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    CBODN Mastermind Session

    We all face challenges in our work. Whether you are a leader in an organization, an independent consultant, or acting in any other role, it can often be useful to get an outside perspective when faced with a pressing challenge.

    At CBODN, we know that our members each possess a unique and diverse set of personal and professional experiences. In the Mastermind Series, we invite you to join our members and tap into the collective wisdom, curiosity, and experiences that our community offers. By attending, you will trade ideas and learnings across a variety of organizational disciplines and career situations.

    • For highly seasoned consultants and professionals, consider this a rich opportunity to pass on your hard-earned wisdom to other professionals who may be walking a similar path.
    • For new consultants and professionals, consider this as a safe avenue to develop your consulting muscles by bringing thoughtful curiosity and a fresh perspectives.
    • For anyone with a challenge or obstacle in their work (that might be all of us!), consider this a valuable resource to become “un-stuck” in your thinking or to find a new perspective or direction forward.


    The Mastermind series takes place every other month in lieu of a speaker led presentation. During Mastermind events, we will use a modification of the Wise Crowds Liberating Structure to form small groups and alternate presenting your challenge as a consulting problem for the other members in the group to ask questions and offer suggestions.

    For anyone interested in attending, you are fully welcome! Even if you do not have a pressing challenge you are ready to discuss, we encourage you to participate in supporting other members and contributing to the valuable discussions and learning.


    • 05 Sep 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Zoom link and password will be included in the registration confirmation email
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    Change vs Transformation: What's the Difference? Why You Should Know.

    “When digital transformation is done right, it's like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, but when done wrong, all you have is a really fast caterpillar.” - George Westerman, MIT

    "Transformation" is the new buzzword on LinkedIn profiles and consulting websites. But can you describe the differences between transformation and change and how to help clients successfully achieve both? 

    OD professionals and change management consultants have a unique opportunity to recognize these nuances and position themselves as specialized experts to help guide companies through ambitious transformation journeys.

    In this interactive workshop, participants will:

    • Articulate the differences between change, a transformation for clients and company projects.
    • Assess their transformation IQs and identify potential career development opportunities using the BTM2 heatmap.
    •  Use a repeatable transformation framework to define a holistic business and culture transformation vision.
    •  Apply the “Transformation Communication Principle” to craft messaging that encourages autonomy, urgency to act, and a sense of belonging.

    Participants will receive infographic takeaways as a part of the presentation.

    Presenter:  Matthew Smart

    Matthew Smart is a certified Change Leader (ACMP, Prosci), Digital & AI Transformation Manager, Executive Coach, Agilist, Learning Designer & Trainer, and OD Consultant with 20+ years of experience designing and implementing innovative change strategies, engaging multimedia communications campaigns, coaching programs, and complex digital business transformation initiatives to move people and organizations forward. 

    His philosophy is that while change is hard, whether an individual or organizational transition, it should be a rewarding and elevating experience. There are valleys and high points in everyone's journey. Matthew uses creative approaches to navigate them while minimizing the difficulties that come with making major changes and embarking on ambitious transformation journeys.

    Matthew is an independent consultant, speaker, trainer, and coach. You can view his website at www.GETSMARTERChange.com or contact him at matthew@getsmartercoaching.com or 678.492.2892.


    • 25 Sep 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom
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    In today's fast-evolving organizational landscape, organizational development consultants play a pivotal role in driving impactful interventions and working with clients to uncover strategic insights. This session dives deep into the use of social network analysis (SNA) and provides a practical case study where a mid-sized professional association in Washington D.C. used SNA alongside 360-degree leadership assessments to uncover hidden relationship dynamics within its executive team.

    The integration of SNA not only illuminated informal influence networks but also challenged conventional perceptions of leadership within the organization. By visualizing these networks, consultants can enhance client impact by identifying emerging leaders, optimizing team collaboration, and guiding effective change management strategies. This session will equip you with actionable insights and real-world examples to integrate SNA into your practice, empowering you to diagnose organizational challenges more effectively and drive sustainable organizational development.

    Elizabeth Scott, PhD, is an organizational development consultant with a passion for empowering organizations through best practices and continuous improvement initiatives. With over two decades of experience in strategic planning, process improvement, and human capital development for nonprofits and associations, Dr. Scott has a proven track record of driving organizational success. She is a respected speaker on strategic planning, board governance, and nonprofit capacity building. She holds multiple certifications and has taught graduate-level courses at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and George Mason University. She holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.


    • 30 Oct 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    CBODN Mastermind Session

    We all face challenges in our work. Whether you are a leader in an organization, an independent consultant, or acting in any other role, it can often be useful to get an outside perspective when faced with a pressing challenge.

    At CBODN, we know that our members each possess a unique and diverse set of personal and professional experiences. In the Mastermind Series, we invite you to join our members and tap into the collective wisdom, curiosity, and experiences that our community offers. By attending, you will trade ideas and learnings across a variety of organizational disciplines and career situations.

    • For highly seasoned consultants and professionals, consider this a rich opportunity to pass on your hard-earned wisdom to other professionals who may be walking a similar path.
    • For new consultants and professionals, consider this as a safe avenue to develop your consulting muscles by bringing thoughtful curiosity and a fresh perspectives.
    • For anyone with a challenge or obstacle in their work (that might be all of us!), consider this a valuable resource to become “un-stuck” in your thinking or to find a new perspective or direction forward.


    The Mastermind series takes place every other month in lieu of a speaker led presentation. During Mastermind events, we will use a modification of the Wise Crowds Liberating Structure to form small groups and alternate presenting your challenge as a consulting problem for the other members in the group to ask questions and offer suggestions.

    For anyone interested in attending, you are fully welcome! Even if you do not have a pressing challenge you are ready to discuss, we encourage you to participate in supporting other members and contributing to the valuable discussions and learning.


Who We Are

Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) is the premier DC Metro area network for organization development (OD) practitioners. Founded in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, our name pays homage to those elders who made vital contributions to the field of OD.

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