Happy Holidays!

SVODN is taking the holidays off – See you in 2019 !

We are embarking on an exciting journey ‘reinvent’ our professional association to engage members with online and offline strategies focused on accelerating your OD learning experience.   We’ll be including YOU in the process to design new projects and programs, so stay tuned for emails for ways to contribute.             

Agile Strategy Execution: Reinventing the How!

Monday, November 5 2018
Presented by Gaye Clemson

A partnership event with NorCal Association of Strategic Planning !

“We have an awesome strategic plan….
so why can’t our people execute?”

This is a common refrain heard around the world by leaders who are painfully aware of how difficult it is to execute strategies effectively in their organizations. In addition, industry research has well documented this reality, with the success needle barely moving over the past 20 years.

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We believe that the answer to this conundrum can be found through the application of a new approach called the Agile Strategy Execution Framework.™, an easy to understand set of principles and techniques that drives more agile strategy execution. Agile Strategy Execution happens when organizational strategic planning processes are more agile, through better organizational alignment, accountability and responsiveness.

Based on current deployment experience at Cisco Systems during this past year in the Engineering organization, and other real-world examples, this presentation will examine the power of integrating agile concepts with strategy execution best practices. An agile strategy execution maturity assessment tool, an easy-to-execute operating model and an innovative leadership performance management system will be shared and worked on in the session. Attendees will be able to take home these tools and templates to use in their companies.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn a New Approach to and a new definition for “Agile Strategy Execution”. They will obtain hands-on experience with an Agile Strategy Execution Maturity (SEM) Assessment tool, an easy-to-execute ASEF operating model and a powerful leadership performance management system. In addition they will understand how the Strategy Execution Framework and tools have been used to measure and improve the strategy execution process in several organizations.

Several copies of the book Agile Strategy Execution: Reinventing the HOW, co-authored by Gaye Clemson and Alan Leeds, will be awarded to attendees as well as available for sale and Gaye will personally sign all awarded and purchased books after the session.

Key Take-Aways:

  • A new definition of Agile Strategy Execution
  • A strategy execution maturity assessment tool
  • A practical Operating Model that can be deployed immediately
  • An ASE performance management system

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

Monday, October 1, 2018
Presented by Jim Kouzes – coauthor of the best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge

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Turbulent.  Disruptive. Chaotic. Unexpected. Unpredictable. Changing.

These words have come to define what normal means these days. They also define the circumstances that demand leadership. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, the bestselling authors of The Leadership Challenge, in over three decades of research have asked thousands of individuals to describe their personal-best leadership experiences, and across the board people say their moments of greatest personal and professional achievement arise out of the most difficult periods in their lives.

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Challenge is the crucible for greatness. In this interactive and engaging presentation, Jim will reveal what his and Barry’s research tell us about how everyone—whether in a formal leadership role or in “taking the lead” as an individual contributor—can strengthen resilience and fully engage people during uncertainty disruption, transition, recover, new beginnings, and other significant challenges.

Key Take-aways…
1 –Describe six strategies for turning adversity into opportunity and strengthening resilience during uncertain times.
2 – Articulate one practical action they can take to apply the six strategies to their professional or personal challenges.
3 – Discuss evidence that these six strategies increase workplace engagement.

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Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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From Dependency to Initiative:

Turning Organizations Around

Monday, September 10th, 2018
Presented by Jeff Leap   

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Jeff will be delivering a highly interactive session exploring Intent-Based leadership. Developed on a nuclear submarine, Intent-Based Leadership produces an engaged and motivated organization and a climate of psychological safety that encourages initiative, innovation, collaboration, risk taking and creativity. The session will consist of a series of video based discussions, with small and large group work framed around the 6 Principles of Intent-Based Leadership.
Using examples and small group discussion, Jeff will introduce the principles of intent-based leadership and how to use them in your organization to create a culture that produces proactive people and excellent results.

Key Take-aways…
1 – The 6 Principles of Intent-based Leadership™ that shift your culture from asking permission and waiting, to intent, initiative and action.
2 – Skills to create environments where the focus is on initiative and achieving excellence.
3 – Examples of organizations implementing Intent-Based Leadership and how they did it (if time permits).

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Disruptive Technologies

Explore the Future of Silicon Valley Technologies

Monday, August 6, 2018
Presented by PK Agarwal   

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Abraham Lincoln’s age-old assertion that “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” is an apt metaphor for our times and a truism for the Silicon Valley. We are at a unique juncture in time where technology is fueling disruption at a pace and scale not witnessed before. Those sticking to status quo are likely on a path to the dust heap of history. Technology coupled with globalization is disrupting and turning virtually every business upside down. It is also creating unimaginable opportunities for individuals and enterprises who are looking ahead and betting on the future.
PK Agarwal is a storyteller who sees the constantly changing future. For those willing to embrace change, opportunities abound, PK will help us look at the future of the Silicon Valley and its highly perishable commodities. We will work together in teams to imagine/design what future technology might look like and what new tools will possibly be required. Our rapidly changing technology is reshaping our personal and professional lives in profound ways. This is an excellent opportunity to expand our imagination.

Key Take-aways…
1 – Learning the key technologies that will shape the future
2 – Explore new tools needed in the future
3 – Design in group what the future will look like

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Vacation Season! No July Event!

Monday, July 2, 2018
There is No July Event!

We do not have an event lined up this July. Enjoy your summer instead! We hope to see you at our August Event: “Disruptive Technology” by P.K. Agarwal!

Key Takeaways

  • You don’t get to be with us in July.
  • It’s Summer! Relax!
  • Keep an eye on your Pets on Wednesday, July 4th: the Fireworks are very loud.

Event Agenda:

• 12:00 noon – Relax!

 

Strategic Leadership: Manage to Lead

Monday, Jun 4, 2018
Presented by Peter DiGiammarino

Get a ‘C-Suite’ perspective on the evolving need for OD skills & tools

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Pre-registered attendees can Bring One Friend For Free (BOFFF)

Peter DiGiammarinoPundits tell us change initiatives are highly likely to under-achieve their stated goals. They also tell us any number of reasons why initiatives fail. This session is the exact opposite. Strategic Leadership Overview: Manage to Lead – Seven Truths introduces a plan of action that will guide the change process in the direction of success.

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Each of the seven truths drives specific actions. We will look at each truth, the actions it drives, and introduce how to carry out those actions along a maturity continuum.

Strategic Leadership: Manage to Lead – Seven Truths by Peter DiGiammarino, introduces a plan of action that will guide the change process in the direction of success. Several copies of Manage to Lead will be awarded to participants at the end of this session. More Copies for sale at $25 (List Price $37.50). Peter will sign the books for you at the end.

Key Takeaways

  • WHAT-WHO-WHY: to get clear about whose problem the organization solves.
  • Change Framework: to be clear about what leaders seek to change, the case for change, and what must be done to improve your odds of success.
  • Initiative-to-Action: to clarify goals; committed management time, attention, and resources; active, continuous stakeholder engagement; and to limit change to produce desired results.
  • Leadership Support Structure: to affect and sustain planned change in terms of governance and getting help.

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes

Looks like Silicon Valley ODers are on “innovation overload”.

Monday, May 7, 2018
Presented by Iris Firstenberg, PHD        

Successful organizations operate on the edge of chaos and embrace risk, error, and ambiguity, while practicing strategies that reduce the need for doing, undoing, and redoing. You will learn key strategies and practical tools to give you the adaptive capacity to work creatively with change and uncertainty. We will discuss strategies for tapping the human potential for creative thinking. Learn how effective leaders infuse all levels of the organization with the creative capacity to achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Key Take-aways…
1 – Key leadership attributes for fostering creativity and innovation
2 – Balancing chaos and order
3 – Traditional Planning and Adaptive Planning
4 – Reduce uncertainty and increase value by learning to visit the future

What others had to say…
“Great speaker, good rapport, enthusiastic… I am inspired, motivated, and now have the tools to make meaningful change in my organization. The most useful session I have ever attended!”
Vice President, Business Development, Johnson and Johnson

“Her passion and enthusiasm are contagious. I have so many new ideas I can’t wait to get back to work and start trying them!” – Senior Brand Manager, Mattel

Additional inputs and insights at her website www.IrisFirstenberg.com

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Using Surveys to Enhance & Expand Your Practice

Saturday, May 5, 2018   –   SPECIAL EVENT !!!

Presented by Jerry Talley,
master survey designer and consultant

Description: Introduce yourself to the basics of sound survey design, question construction, data analysis and data presentation. Jerry will also explain how to use surveys to expand the scope of services you can provide to your clients.

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There are 2 reasons why you might consider this workshop:
1. You would like to increase the quality of your work for a particular engagement.
2. You would like a way to constantly expand your understanding of organizational dynamics so you can deliver greater value in future engagements.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS…

Use surveys to expand your skill set and your professional offerings
· Design surveys that will drive decision making
· Some of the special tools within Survey Monkey to enhance your surveys
· Structure questions to reveal even unconscious beliefs
· Analyze survey data without being a statistician

Cost: $30
(plus $5 to park in campus garage)

Class Size: 25

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Organizational Savvy: Political Tactics for Success.

Monday, April 2, 2018
Presented by Dr. Rick Brandon        

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Despite excellent intentions, many corporate employees, managers, and executives are so narrowly focused on their own facts, logic, and task parts of their jobs that they lack broader strategic influence and impact. Assuming their “results will speak for themselves,” they may become the victims of behind-the-scenes power dynamics operating in their organizations.

Based on the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Survival of the Savvy, this high-energy, intensive presentation adjusts attitudes about organizational politics and power dynamics, reframes politics as strategic influence, helps you to identify whether you are more or less political, over- or under-political, and orients you to proven skill sets for increased strategic influence.


Key Take-aways…
1 – A Positive Politics Business Case – Understanding the origins of a leadership competency that wasn’t even on the map 20 years ago, but is now mission-critical.
2 -Leveraging Your Political Style – Learning the strengths and risks of two major Political Styles, and identifying your style
3 – Organizational Savvy Skills – Identifying 13 vital strategies for navigating organizational politics with integrity through optional pre-work and overview by Rick.
4 – Complimentary Reinforcement Tools– the 65-item online Organizational Savvy Assessment with robust Scoring Report and weekly application emails. Dr. Brandon’s bestseller text will also be available for sale

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Visual Consulting

Monday, March 5, 2018

Presented by David Sibbet and Gisela Wendling,
The Grove Consultants International

David Sibbet, Gisela Wendling

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David Sibbet, Gisela WendlingGisela and David will share their new Seven Challenges of Change model, an integration of Gisela’s Liminal Pathways Model based on the rites of passages archetype and Grove’s change framework. They will share how this integration emerged from their Visioning & Change Alignment work at UC Merced and how it is applied in their year-long Leading Change program for the MetCouncil in Minnesota. Participants will be asked to share their own experiences with leading change using the framework as a guide. 

Key Takeaways

    • Appreciate the importance of working with both inner process dynamics and outer support structures.
    • Have a chance to test your own assumptions about change.
    • Experience visualization as a catalyst for dialogue.
    • Appreciate the power of large scale visualization to support change.

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Fostering Psychological Safety in Multicultural Teams

Monday, February 5, 2018

Octave V. Baker, Ph.D.

Octave V. Baker, Ph.D.

Presented by Octave V. Baker, Ph.D., Lecturer, Santa Clara University

Psychological safety is a key factor for successful team learning and innovation, says Amy Edmondson of the Harvard Business School.

Psychological safety is especially critical for teams in the science, technology, and engineering sectors.  With the workforce in these organizations now more culturally diverse, their leaders urgently need the insights and skills to successfully lead multicultural teams.

Read more about Meeting the Challenge of Managing Diversity


Key Takeaways

(1) understand psychological safety
(2) learn key cultural differences that influence psychological safety
(3) identify specific actions for fostering psychological safety within culturally diverse teams.

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Get Engaged – Your Team, Tribes & Communities are Waiting

SVODN’s 8th Annual New Year Networking Kickoff Event

Monday, January 8, 2018

Our annual kickoff event is an opportunity to meet like-minded professionals, share your interests and spark new partnership possibilities.

Start the new year off by sharing your dreams for the future in a fun, supportive environment. We’ll use online voting technology to capture perspectives real-time to understand your interests, challenges and opportunities.

We will introduce Silicon Valley OD Network’s new OD framework models that will be used to map both the expertise and areas of interest of our community in moving forward.  We’ve got five different ways to look at the field of OD from where in organizations we work, to programs we implement, dilemmas we help to solve and systematic ways we engage leaders and their organizations.   

Chris Bui

Jeff Richardson

Facilitated by….

Jeff Richardson–MSOD; Multi-Cultural team facilitator & SVODN Director

Chris Bui– Social Entrepreneur – pioneering the use of collective intelligence

 

Keep your business cards in hand! We will use them during several activities, in addition to sharing with any new connections you make.

Key Takeaways

1-Make and rekindle connections with others who have complementary interests
2-Experience meaningful use of process and technology to stimulate large group engagement
3-Build small virtual groups to continue the cross-community collaboration.

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

 

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Is Your Company Millennial Optimized?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Presented by Caryn Joseph Siegel, Linda Lubin Thompson
and other experts from The Millennial Leadership Institute

Watch our interview with Caryn and Linda summarizing the event and their work with the Millennial Leadership Institute (click on image below)…

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Post Event Summary

Inter-generational dialogue was stimulated, and awareness was raised, at SVODN’s December meeting. Speakers Caryn Joseph Siegel and Linda Lubin Thompson, along with members of the Millennial Leadership Institute, engaged us, first with a “millennial-style” warmup where we compared apps on our cellphones, then with facts and falsehoods about the generation now on its way to become the largest population in the workplace.

By including a voting game in their session, they demonstrated principles for retaining millennials past their typical 2-year tenure with a company. Companies that succeed at pre-boarding, on-boarding, and coaching these employees will benefit from having purpose-driven digital natives working for them, and companies that educate execs and managers about millennials can reduce friction between the generations.

Listen to what participants said were their key take-aways…

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In today’s competitive workplace, corporations must be able to attract and retain the most skilled employees. Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers leave the workforce and there are only 5,000 Gen Y’ers ready to take their places.  So, as the Millennials infiltrate the labor pool, companies that maximize their talents will thrive.

The companies that are currently attracting Millennials because of their state of the art technology are quickly getting on board, implementing programs to keep Millennials employed and engaged at their companies.

There are huge numbers of companies whose product offerings, while important, may not be as attractive to Millennials.  These more traditional companies sorely need to get up to speed or they will be passed over by the Millennials, or will suffer from huge turnover if the Millennial new hire only stays long enough until they get a better offer from a company that is more optimized to engage them.

Millennials learn in different ways. We will demonstrate some of these techniques, such as “gamification,” in our presentation. Our session will be very interactive and will involve the participants.

Key Takeaways

  • Determine whether your company is Millennial Optimized and what to do about it if you are not
  • Learn key ways to attract, on-board, develop, engage and retain Millennials so your company can benefit from their awesome contributions
  • Debunk common myths about how Millennials operate in and contribute to today’s workplace

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

 

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The Non-Profit Challenge – Volunteer Your Expertise

Saturday, Dec 2, 2017

2nd Annual Non-Profit Challenge in San Jose

Local Organization + Your Expertise = FUN Volunteering Day

Join us to receive or share strategic consulting expertise!!  LEARN MORE

ASP NorCal and SVODN are excited to jointly bring a one-day, hands-on, interactive and collaborative event that brings together consultants and creative thinkers from diverse fields and local community organizations that need help with strategic projects ranging from fundraising campaign design to development of a 5-year strategic growth plan.

Join us for the 2nd annual Non-Profit Challenge either as a strategic adviser or as part of a local non-profit organization on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 8:30-6 pm in International Technological University (ITU) in San Jose.

Do you want to share your strategic expertise to create value for a local community organization? Become a Volunteer Consultant.

Are you a part of a Bay Area Non-Profit Organization that can benefit from a free strategic advice? Submit a Project.

 

Tapping Collective Intelligence

MJoyce_Reynolds-Sinclaironday, November 6, 2017

Presented by Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D., Managing Director, GEO Group Strategic Services LLC

Tapping Collective Intelligence for Strategic Solutions and Superior Results

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Insightful ideas on how strategic planning is able to be expanded to tap into the collective intelligence of a larger stakeholder groups.  Joyce shared  some of the essential mindset, process, tool and technology strategies that are making this possible virtually.

The event included members of the NorCal Assoc of Strategic Planning, one of SVODN’s newest association partners, and who we are collaborating with on the NonProfit Challenge on Dec 2nd.
Participants rated the event as 6.2 out of 7.0.  In general, our audience felt the night was informative and enjoyable, with specific feedback indicating what they liked most was…
– “the comprehensive integrated approach built on many principles that are commonly known”
– “learned how to make complex issues “simple”, understandable, and transparent”
– “engage collaboration by using technology”
– “saw the power of the role of culture and emotional awareness is in a business environment”

PRE EVENT WRITE-UP

What is Collective Intelligence (CI), why is it critical, and what are the absolute best ways to tap it, especially with virtual or geographically dispersed teams? What is the “Collective Intelligence Paradox”? How can we use it for cross-boundary problem-solving and shaping strategic solutions?

In this session, we will explore powerful, proven processes that help achieve exceptional engagement and high trust levels, and learn about two client examples where the GEO Group increased the speed and precision of idea generation and selection compared to traditional methods.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding of Collective Intelligence (CI) and the Collective Intelligence Paradox
  • Six critical success factors for effectively tapping CI in any organization
  • Practical and proven ways to tap CI and manage the Collective Intelligence Paradox
  • Two examples of how we applied our Winning in Fasttime® approach for achieving strong organizational engagement, success, and satisfaction

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

Several complimentary copies of Winning in FastTime® by GEO Group founder and President Leland Russell will be given away to those contributing quality questions or comments in the dialogue.

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Influence without Authority

Monday, October 2, 2017


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A fundamental challenge for organizational leaders has always been to exercise influence where they have no authority. For internal and external OD, HR, and management consultants, the challenge is twofold—they not only need the influence skills, but also an ability to impart these competencies to the client.

A solution can be found in Bradford and Cohen’s best-selling book Influence Without Authority (recently published in its Third Edition). Using the Law of Reciprocity, they show how using their model can lead to win-win outcomes even with those who appear highly resistant.

Key Takeaways
Join author Dr. David Bradford of Stanford’s business school in this insightful and highly interactive session to gain:

  • A sophisticated understanding of how to use exchange to increase ​your influence and the influence of others
  • An awareness of the personal traps that may be limiting ​your influence
  • Activities to apply this model to coaching individuals and developing teams

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

Copies of Bradford’s book will be available for sale and signing.

Influence Without Authority

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Google Team Effectiveness

Google’s research-based model for Team Effectiveness

presented by MARK BALL

Google’s internal study done by its People Analytics group provides some discovery that may surprise you.

What makes an effective team? Come talk with 14-year Google employee Mark Ball, who is currently working in People Operations as part of their internal OD group.

Key Takeaways:

  • Google’s model of team effectiveness (gTeams)
  • Highlights of how this research project came to be
  • At least one generalized intervention for each of gTeams’ five Dimensions
  • Time for you to plan how you will use this new information

  • 5:30 pm – Registration, network, light snacks & beverages
  • 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote
  • 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
  • 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour right down the street (Dish n Dash)

Speaker’s Bio:

Mark Ball has been with Google since 2003, having worked in Engineering, Sales, and currently People Operations. Prior to Google, he worked as a computer programmer at Roche Pharmaceuticals and various startups. He holds a Masters in Organization Development from USF and a Bachelors in Science Writing from UCSC. His informal style and conversational tone will support this being an interactive and engaging session.

 

Six Winning Traits of Highly Innovative Companies

 Monday, August 7th  from 5:30-7:30pm       

Six Winning Traits of Highly Innovative Companies

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Leaders talk a lot about encouraging innovation, but do they really do it?

Come find out how to create sustainable cultures of innovation.

Victor Assad, Managing Partner of InnovationOne 

This interesting and interactive event will explore cultures of innovation, what they are, why they are important, how to measure them and how to create and sustain them.

You will leave knowing the six critical traits that are essential to winning cultures of innovation; a framework for demonstrating ROI, value and profitable growth; how HR and OD fit together to work create cultures of innovation and what you can do immediately when you get back to.

@ International Technological University
2711 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134    

The group will be asked why is innovation, and why are cultures of innovation, important? After a short large-group discussion, I will provide empirical evidence from several researchers which will show that organizations with strong organizational cultures of innovation create more value for their organizations and stronger financial performance.

Do you believe that culture, and cultures of innovation, can be measured and managed? The audience will be asked this question as a lead in. They will be divided in the room by those who believe that culture can be accurately measured and managed, those who don’t believe culture can be measured and managed, and those who don’t think it matters.  Each group will be asked to clarify why they hold their belief, and what empirical evidence supports their belief.  Each group will get two minutes to present.

I believe that culture can be measured and managed—and I have the evidence to prove it!  I will review this evidence from several researchers and its impact for CEOs, HR and OD  leaders.  I will then ask the group for their questions and feedback.

I will go through the six winning traits of highly innovative companies. The six traits  are based on our research and practice, and the research of others.  What is important for this audience—and its main take away– is that cultures of innovation are created by smart talent strategies and organizational development interventions. All their pieces fit together. The role of HR and OD is vital to creating cultures of innovation, creating value, executing business strategy, and improving profitable growth.  The six traits include:

Executive leadership communications and behavior.

Inviting employees to participate and moving beyond hierarchy.

Investing in skill and behavior training of employees and the development of strong collaborative organizations.

Key processes and systems to move ideas forward and to allow for experimentation and learning. I will include examples of helpful digital technologies.

Aligning performance management and other key H R processes to support innovation.

Having knowledge management systems and the alignment of current operations systems and processes to commercialize innovation.

Key Takeaways: 

  • A framework for demonstrating that developing cultures of innovation drive a return on investment, value, and profitable growth
  • How “the pieces” of HR and OD fit together
  • What to do tomorrow at work  (This will be a short, small group exercise)

 

Event Agenda:

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social hour across street at Whole Food (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Victor Assad is the CEO of Victor Assad Strategic Human Resources Consulting and Managing Partner of InnovationOne. He partners with companies to create dynamic innovation cultures, powerful talent strategies, and to develops agile leaders and teams. With over 25 years of experience, Victor has been an active member of executive business teams and leader of human resources organizations in business units of fast growth, high-technology, global companies. He currently consults with small and large companies. He blogs weekly, which you can access from LinkedIn or his website www.victorhrconsultant.com.

 

Good Conversations: Essential Building Blocks for Effective Change

 Monday, June 5th from 5:30-7:30pm

with Mary V. Gelinas, Ed.D.

Conducting good conversations is a critical tool for leaders, Organization Development consultants, process designers, and facilitators. To create change for good, you need to be able to create conversations, and help others create conversations, where people can see, contribute and evoke the greater good in themselves, their colleagues and direct reports.

Difficult conversations are, well, difficult. They become even more difficult when changes being initiated are substantial and the stakes are high. The current climate is not making this easier. It appears we are having a harder time listening to one another and an easier time vilifying those who think differently. Conversations about tough topics can become fraught with fears about the future, anger about the past, and disbelief at how we got here. At the same time we have big problems to solve and big visions to create. We need to be able to converse effectively to do both.

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Key Takeaways:

In this inspiring, practical, and interactive session, Mary Gelinas, author of Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time (www.marygelinas.com/about-the-book.html), will identify:

  • Five ways conversations can trigger people’s fears
  • Three ways people get stuck or trapped
  • Seven antidotes to avoid and manage triggers and traps
  • New ways to think about and conduct conversations that set the stage for them to be constructive and bring out the best in themselves and others.

@ International Technological University
2711 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134

Event Agenda:

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social time up the street at Dish Dash (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Mary V. Gelinas, Ed.D., is a managing director of Gelinas James, Inc., and co-director of the Cascadia Center for Leadership (see more info in links below). As an expert in organization development, process design, and facilitation, she has served boards, leaders, and organizations in all sectors with strategies based in the behavioral and brain sciences. With her partner, Roger James, Ed.D., she has developed pioneering and transformative approaches to leading, creating change, planning, and solving complex problems.  She lives in Arcata, California. You can read and subscribe to Mary’s blog in the link below.

More info:

www.marygelinas.com/about-the-author.html

www.gelinasjames.com/

www.hafoundation.org/community-leadership/cascadia-center-for-leadership

www.gelinasjames.com/how-we-talk-matters/