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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
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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.

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.