All posts by John Spalding

Webinar Recording – Strategy Statements A Concise Tool for Aligning Actions & Measures

Here is a video from a webinar last week with Dr Steven Cady, the current BGSU MOD cohort and NEXUS4change members as they met to discuss the purpose and design of strategy statements for organizations.

Based on a review of 485 strategy statements, a concise tool was created for crafting an organization’s strategic plan document. At the tool’s core is the notion that strategy represents the organization’s competitive advantage and core values in an accessible user friendly fashion. If articulated clearly, crafted collaboratively, and clearly used to prioritize actions – strategic plans can serve as foundation for building transformative roadmap to the future.

The webinar covers
– The strategy as values tool, it’s five elements, and evidence.
– Case examples of the tool and how to ensure it is written to be understood.
– A specific step by step collaborative process for crafting strategy at four organizational levels.
– Translating the created strategy into specific programs, initiative, and/or projects.
– Grounded discussion on the theme of collaborative change and innovation.


Two Great Conversations – Virtual Convening

Hi everyone – We here at NEXUS4change are appreciative and encouraged at all of your participation this year in our webinars.  Whether you are a presenter or a participant we have had some great conversations so far this year.  That is why we are taking July to expand our capabilities and engage more of you as active participants in our work.  We hope that you can join us for these two sessions discussing the future of virtual convening:

Virtual Convening: A Wide Open Frontier

A participatory dialogue with Ben Roberts of the Conversation Collaborative, the NEXUS4change team, and YOU, around what is possible with our new capacities for connecting, collaborating, and co-creating using virtual tools. Explore our stories about virtual versus in-person, sense into what might be emerging beneath the noise of the online world, and consider how social technologies can synergize with our digital tools.  (Read the full invite here)

w/ Ben Roberts of The Conversation Collaborative
Wednesday July 8th
2:00pm – 3:30pm EST



What’s Next for NEXUS? A Virtual Meet & Greet

We are having an important conversation about What’s NEXT 4 NEXUS and we thought it would be great for you to join us. Bring your questions and ideas, reflect on past NEXUS experiences and give your creative input.  We’ll be using a Whole Systems and small group approach fully utilizing webinar and maestro conference (™) technology in order to meet each other and discuss what is possible in the world and in our virtual community.

w/ Steve Cady, Jeremy Grandstaff, & John Spalding NEXUS4change

Tuesday July 28th
2:00pm – 3:30pm EST



We look forward to engaging with all of you on these interactive conference calls as we discuss the future on Virtual Convening, Participatory Methods, and NEXUS4change.

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Strategic Planning Summits – A classic case from Richmond Savings

If you want to see one of the most elegantly designed and impactful collaborative strategy events, this is it. Richmond Savings Summit occurred in the early 1990’s and is an excellent demonstration of using practical change methods for whole systems transformation. This webinar will share the collaborative design best practices that lead to profound visceral results from engaging the system in crafting its future.  This webinar featured Dr. Steve Cady and Dr. Ron Koller who both were fans, friends, and colleagues of Kathie Dannemiller, the main facilitator for this case and a pioneer in whole systems transformation.

View the recording here:

From the Richmond Savings Video
“In this world of unprecedented and rapid corporate change, there are values emerging which we have never experienced in the past. Some companies are actually involving employees at all levels in planning a future for the company. And, when people are involved… they are more likely to enjoy what they do, because of the significant effect they have in contributing to the goals and ultimately the long term success of the organization. It sounds simple, but in fact, few organizations have realized the powerful effect it can have.”

We will have a deeper session on this case  and on facilitating strategic planning summits in the near future.

Nexus and The Leadership and Change Magazine – Webinar Recaps & Final Session

First Up – Join us for our next webinar with the Leadership & Change Magazine

Dialogue and Organizational Development Using  the OCAI, with Marcella Bremercover_issue16_192x256

How to turn the energy-depleting hierarchy we dread into a thriving, dynamic workplace we all desire?

Join Organizational Culture Assessment Inventory (OCAI) guru Marcella Bremer, as she outlines how to combine this powerful tool with employee change circles to create genuine and lasting change within your organization.

Dialogue and Organizational Development Using  the OCAI, with Marcella Bremer
Wednesday March 25th,  2015

Leadership & Change Magazine BLOG Recaps

We have had some excellent webinars being hosted at NEXUS4change in partnership with the Leadership and Change Magazine around self-management, wholeness, and the importance of character and presence on our work as change consultants.

We’re excited to circle back with you to report the word on the street:

“ . . . well worth getting up at 5am in Sydney for!”

“let’s go out there and change the world!”

“One of the best webinars I have ever attended.”

Emerging Organizations: wholeness, purpose and self-management, with Frederic Laloux

Just like species, organizations have evolved over time.  Pulling from his book Reinventing Organizations, Laloux explored how workplaces have adapted to the changing needs of our world.  More importantly, he looked at how our organizations are changing to meet our challenges today and in the future.

According to Laloux, the business world is becoming much too complex to be handled effectively in a hierarchical pyramid.  He studied several companies whose structure and culture allow them to take advantage of today’s marketplace. Each of these companies shared the following three, somewhat radical traits:

Self Management: Organizations that allow workers to decide how their work should be handled without interference from management

Wholeness: Organizations that encourage their workers to bring their entire selves to work –  including their passions, flaws and personal concerns

Evolutionary Purpose: Organizations that have a mission that resonates deeply with their employees

Laloux suggests that these traits are the qualities that will allow organizations to not only  survive, but to thrive in the near future.

Word from the peanut gallery: Below are just a few of the many comments participants submitted during the presentation.

Kelly G: It sounds like these organizations operate with a much higher purpose in mind….and this in itself causes the breakthrough results..

John #2: The pyramid can’t handle complexity 

Brodie:  . . . when there is high commitment and consensus on the mission it seems that there would be higher degrees of innovation and lower necessity for manager-subordinate accountability maintenance.

Zach: This is more than a management system, it’s a global movement

Raising Your Game: Understanding Character and Presence as change practitioners, with Daryl Conner

It isn’t what you do.  According to renown organizational development consultant Daryl Conner, the gift is in who you are.  Although Conner acknowledges that our skills with relevant change methodologies are important, he says that the uniquely personal perspective and qualities we bring to our work is what makes us truly valuable.  These are the inimitable factors that distinguish us from our competitors and allow us to be profoundly useful to our ideal clients.

Slide Six from Conner’s power point slide.


Conner says that we are most effective when we operate from our “core”.  He likens our core to the sapling found inside of grown trees.  Saplings are fragile and easily broken.  However, they also provide the inner impulses and intelligence needed to transform a  fragile sapling into a fully sustained adult tree.  Once you get past the defenses and protective layering we’ve put around our core selves to keep it from being injured, Conner says each of us will find what is the equivalent to a sapling growing within us.  It is by uncovering and listening to the promptings of that internal wisdom that we are able to be dynamic partners to our clients.

In this soulful presentation, Conner outlines how the twin concepts of character and presence can be the key to unleashing our internal wisdom.

Character is, “…what is left after all the illusions, evasions, and elaborations are stripped away”

Character is the  innate and totally distinct wisdom and gifts we can bring to bear on any situation.  The way we access our character is through presence.

Presence is, … the “voice” of character that serves as its interface with the world”

Emerging Organizations w/ Frederic Laloux

Leadership & Change Magazine

In partnership with the Leadership & Change Magazine

Read the Leadership & Change Magazine’s blog post about the session
NEXUS4change and the Leadership & Change Magazine are proud to announce that we will be partnering to deliver a 4 pack of webinars for early 2015.  NEXUS will continue its webinar facilitation and promotion and the Leadership & Change magazine is helping to coordinate the speakers for this series.

Emerging Organizations: wholeness, purpose and self-management w/ Frederic Laloux
Wednesday March 4th, 2015
3:00PM EST
Register Here:

There’s something broken in how we run organizations today. Institutes that poll thousands of people about happiness at work show that up to 60-75% are disengaged. Many people wonder: how’s what I’m doing serving anything that really matters?

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Enter: new organizations! Frederic Laloux conducted fascinating research, revealed in his book Reinventing Organizations that shows how “new organizations” align with a new stage of human development – and how they offer people self-management, wholeness and purpose….

Intrigued? You should be…! This is what change practitioners don’t want to miss out on. Upgrade your thinking and start seeing new possibilities.

A whole new way of organizing and collaborating is emerging around the globe: join Frederic Laloux in this webinar and see how can you support this change.

Webinar: NEXUS and L&C Magazine Present – Raising Your Game: Understanding Character and Presence as change practitioners w/ Daryl Conner

Raising Your Game: Understanding Character and Presence as change practitioners
with Daryl Conner

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Daryl Conner – Click to read bio.




Watch the Video here:

As a change practitioner, do you have assignments where everything seems to go naturally and you really have an impact? As opposed to those where your client keeps misunderstanding and judging you and the change projects stalls…?

Daryl Conner focuses on your character and presence – to start thinking about which clients would benefit from your unique contribution. Who you are is the key. It defines your impact in change projects.

This is not about tools and techniques. It’s becoming aware how you are part of the intervention with clients. Which clients would you best serve? Who would you like to work with? How can you have true impact on changes that matter?

Register Today

The ISODC – A 2014 Reflection

The International Society for Organization Development and Change is a longtime affiliate of NEXUS4change.  Born out of the longtime work from the Organization Development Institute, the ISODC’s mission is to “build the field of O.D. into a highly respected profession.”  In 2014 NEXUS and the ISODC partnered to create some great experiences for our communities.  We submitted a summary of our experiences to the ISODC for their final newsletter of the year.  Here are some of the highlights:

NEXUS & ISODC: Partnering for the future of Organization Development & Change

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NEXUS 2014 Webinars

We partnered with the ISODC on several webinars this year.  Here are the links to the sessions:

  1. Opening Doors: 4 Keys that Change Everything with Judith Katz and Fred Miller of the Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group.
  2. The Birth of OD – Stories and Reflections on our Origins with Marv Weisbord, Harrison Owen, Peter Sorensen, and Emily Axelrod.
  3. On the Shoulders of Giants: Four Trends for the Future of OD with Therese Yeager, Jake Jacobs, and Lena Neal.

NEXUS attendance at ISODC Conferences

NEXUS4change had two great conference experiences with ISODC members this year.

The ISODC Information Exchange and the George Williams Conference Center

NEXUS facilitated the opening and closing of the session. During the opening of the session, participants learned by doing as they shared their expectations of the event using the Civic Engagement (Block), Open Space (Owen), and Conversation Cafe (Robin) methods. We closed the conference by summarizing the highlights of the session and determining next steps using the World Cafe (Brown, Isaacs) method.

The ISODC Second International Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

This was a diverse and truly informative session that brought together several international communities of OD&C practitioners and scholars. NEXUS lead a discussion about What’s NEXT for the future of OD? – highlighting key work from the conference presenters. We also facilitated a live webinar session during the conference, highlighting digital trends in OD. In addition, we facilitated the post conference activities in Amsterdam. Participants discussed creating PLAN’s, designing interventions, and creating long term change roadmaps. The individual sessions, post conference activities, and networking made for a great experience in Amsterdam.

Stay on the lookout for 2015 as we have several more activities already lined up including: A webinar series featuring contributors to the Winter 2014 Organization Development Journal titled OD in the Digital Age and NEXUS participation in the 2015 ISODC conference and Think Tanks. Stay tuned at www, for more opportunities as we continue to collaborate.

The Story of NEXUS – Now Available in the Leadership & Change Magazine

NEXUS4change is proud to announce that our story, The Story of NEXUS, has been published in the new organization development magazine titled Leadership & CHANGE.  Leadership & CHANGE Magazine is published by Marcel Lamers and Marcella Bremer, based in the Netherlands but working worldwide to provide all of us with great stories of personal, pragmatic, and positive stories of organizational change. Click on the cover below for more information about the magazine.

Leadership & Change Issue 12


Our article discusses the beginnings of NEXUS4change before our first conference in 2007.  We will have more articles published in the magazine where we continue to tell our story and set the stage for each of us and all of us to convene together in order to address critical global issues.  We are currently working with the founders of the magazine to develop some NEXUS webinars and collaborate on other projects. Here is a copy of our article:

Thank you Leadership & CHANGE magazine for publishing our story.  Here is a link to get a free membership to the magazine’s website.  Although the magazine subscription is separate, access to this website will provide extra downloads and podcast interviews from authors and specific Leadership & Change content.   We will be sending out details of a discounted NEXUS subscription soon. We look forward to working with the magazine on future projects and spreading the word on collaborative transformative change.

Human Trafficking and Bad Meetings: Let’s Fix Both


Sure, the headline may seem a little far fetched for a webinar promotion but what if it wasn’t.  NEXUS4change is committed to bringing together people who value collaboration and address critical issues.  Our upcoming webinar is the perfect fit for addressing those criteria.  Join us for this excellent session that outlines the issue of human trafficking, introduces an organization in Chicago that wants to lead the way in decreasing trafficking, and highlights a new book that will help folks have better meetings.  Here are the logistics and link to register:

NEXUS4change Webinar

Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: A Book Launch Webinar Dedicated to Decreasing Human Trafficking

Wed August 6th, 2014
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Participants will hear from the authors directly about their process for creating the book, their learnings from feedback, and their efforts to help support the work of The Dreamcatcher Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to help young girls who are being trafficked to leave that life. Use this session as an opportunity to:

  • Learn a tool for facilitating more productive meetings
  • View compelling statistics on the issue of human trafficking
  • Discuss ways to tackle this critical global issue
  • Connect with others to continue the discussion and work towards action


Using the same work-design principles that transformed the mind-numbing assembly line into the dynamic factory floor and make video games so engaging, Dick and Emily Axelrod offer a flexible, repeatable process that has already been used to run thousands of productive meetings in all kinds of organizations. This session will be sure to connect all of you to this issue and convene a discussion that leads toward more productive meetings.

Please register at the link above even if you cannot attend. NEXUS4change will still send you a recording of the session and information for supporting the Axelrod Group and The Dreamcatcher Foundation.

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NEXUS4change Amsterdam Post Conference: Building a Change Roadmap

NEXUS4change was pleased to present a post conference workshop for the participants of The Second International Conference of The International Society for Organization Development and Change in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We had two great sessions with several conference participants, including a Day 1 – Post Conference Wrap Up and Day 2 – Building a Change Roadmap. The sessions used participative dialogue to engage the attendees and materials were provided to help all attendees apply their learnings (i.e. papers, case studies, research articles). Here are some of the highlights:

Day 1 Post Conference Wrap Up

NEXUS4change Amsterdam - Day 1 Post Conference
NEXUS4change Amsterdam – Day 1 Post Conference

The group organized into two tables and answered questions about the conference and items that they wanted to focus on for the Day 2 session.  The following  list of the potential outcomes and agenda items that they wanted to discuss:


  • Recognize purpose
  • Conceptualizing skills used
  • I Can Take Over
  • Move Possibility
  • Confidence
  • Energized
  • Knowledged
  • Next Questions
  • Resourced to do whatever I have to do
  • Changed Mind

Agenda Items

  • Design a session: How would you chunk it? Flow of Methods (i.e. design team and other ways
  • Coaching Leaders
  • Configurations of design for 1-3 hour sessions to 3 day to 3 years all while managing expectations
  • Manage conflicting value systems organized for crosscultural training\ drowning voices – Different approaches
  • Tips of group management – on time on task.
  • Pacing stays engaged & on process – get high quality work
  • Role of technology to collaborative virtual teams
  • Generational Differences – Role of tech in Face to Face

Day 2:  P.L.A.N.’s and Building a Change Roadmap

NEXUS Amsterdam Post Conference Day 2 - The Model
NEXUS Amsterdam Post Conference Day 2 – The Model

Dr. Steve Cady, an instructor from Bowling Green State University, outlined a model for designing change initiatives that involve stakeholders at all levels of the organization.  In this picture, he is discussing the initial reason for change – An Idea.  Someone needs to have an idea, based on an event, a need, or another individual.  The idea is the catalyst a thought that this change could make the organization better.  Dr. Cady further outlines the process during the session but reminds us that an organizational change always starts with an idea.

NEXUS Amsterdam Post Conference Day 2 Review
NEXUS Amsterdam Post Conference Day 2 Review

Dr. Cady and the participants are reviewing one of the cases during the session.  Several examples of change roadmaps, proposals, and event designs were shared with participants during the session.  This discussion was reviewing Dr. Cady’s work with Lake Nona.

The participants also learned a project management tool called P.L.A.N. and dove deeper into the background and history of engaging stakeholders and helping organizational leaders create Collaborative Whole System Transformation.

For more information about working with NEXUS4change to design a conference experience please send us an e-mail.

Thanks again to The International Society for Organization Development and Change for collaborating with us on this event.