Edgar Schein – Humble Consulting

Edgar ScheinHumble Consulting:
How to Make Help Really Helpful
Monday Sept 14, 2015

Integrating concepts from his most recent book, Humble Inquiry, with his seminal work in the area of process consulting to create a transformational approach to OD consulting.
Get key insights before the forthcoming book is released.

The 3 C’s of Humble Consulting (AUDIO): Commitment, Curiosity and Car

Ed is a fabulous storyteller, sharing insights from his early days of T Groups and with DEC executive teams.  He reflected on situations where an “adaptive move” was needed to shift the thinking of the group, even if it wasn’t always in the best interest of selling more consulting services.  Using curiosity and care to drive our exploration of simple, yet innovative solution ideas was his message.

Adaptive Move AUDIO LINK


The organizational problems of today are complex, systemic, open-ended, culturally diverse, and constantly changing. For us to be really helpful with such problems we need a new approach to consulting that is faster, more dialogic, and more personal. I will describe my experience in evolving this new approach and provide some examples.


Edgar Schein’s Bio:

  • Edgar H. Schein is one of the leading voices in OD, best known for his work in organization culture, which he says consists of three levels: artifacts, espoused values, and underlying assumptions.
  • He joined MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 1956 and was made a professor of organizational psychology and management in 1964. He currently holds the title of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus. His clients have included Digital Equipment Corporation, H-P, Apple, Motorola, Exxon, Shell, BP, Con Edison, and many other corporations and agencies around the world.
  • Dr. Schein has been a prolific researcher, writer, teacher, and consultant. Besides his numerous articles in professional journals, he has authored fourteen books, including Organizational Psychology (3rd ed., 1980), Career Dynamics (1978), Organizational Culture and Leadership (1985, 1992, 2004), Process Consultation Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (1969, 1987, 1988), Process Consultation Revisited (1999), and The Corporate Culture Survival Guide (1999).

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Date(s) - 09/14/2015
5:30 PM - 7:15 PM