Category Archives: Sharing knowledge and tools

PageLines- NEXUSWebinarLogo_2011.png

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.

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?

Click the pic for speaker bio.

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.

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.

Click Here to Order!

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.

Nexus Gathering in Amsterdam

Check out the upcoming post-conference workshop-Nexus Amsterdam– on July 11 & 12 See below for info and Register today!

The ISODC Second International Conference

Conference Homepage

Current Program

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

July  7th-12th 2014

Come together in The Netherlands to participate in discussions, presentations, and other
activities. We also welcome members of organizational development and change,
change management, and other related professional organizations. Our conference theme will be development and change in the global community.

Nexus4Change is pleased to be the host of the post conference sessions on July 11 & 12 2014.

See Nexus Flyer

The cost for this engaging and interactive session will be $150 and is separate from the conference fees.  If you would like to receive more information about the session please email

If you would like to register for this session please click here.

PageLines- NEXUSWebinarLogo_2011.png

Two Upcoming Webinars

On the Shoulders of Giants: Trends for the Future of OD
with Therese Yaeger, Diana Whitney, Robert “Jake” Jacobs, & Lena Neal
Wednesday May 7th 2014
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Register Here:

Mindful OD Enabling Challenging Conversations
with Don Dunoon from New Futures Pty. Ltd.
Thu,May 15, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Register Here: