Staging Day for First Ever WST Stranger Lab in Jakarta

November 16, 2017

Thousands of volunteer hours went into designing this Change Agent Lab… patterned after Kathie Dannenmiller labs… first at Ford then Boeing.

This is a  big deal.

Dr. Ed Schein blew the participants minds with His Humble Consulting book conversation. He says that Leaders are best to use  groups to engage and focus on relationships in the times of transformation.

Just received the following email from him.

Dear Roland–thank you for the nice message and the two links to the two futurist talks–where all this connects for me is around the idea that The future Will be less about individuals and more about relationships of all sorts, which is why I think Peter Block’s & my concept of levels of relationship become so critical.  I hope more people Will pick up the humble consulting book where we first introduced the levels idea and tried to show why personalized level 2 relationships are so important.  Many of the questions that were asked by the participants about how one reaches the more personalized level 2 are answered in that book with case examples


Thanks the leadership and dedication of BMW/GLC Robby. Robby thinks big.   We could not have held this without his support. He will launch the Indonesian OD Network Group out of this Asian OD Network Summit going on right now.

Staging day participants below:  Dancers, Design Team, Theme Team and Logistics Team

Even my life time friend, Eric  from Argentina is here in the second row with the red  tie.

I think my wife. Maja is sitting center in white.

13  countries are represented :



Arielle is in the red dress… center.

Transform your self right now!!!  Then lay back and enjoy the Age of Aquarius. Still with passion help us transform the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Daughter, Arielle who is the Dean of the Jakara WST Lab below. Here she is 7 years ago at Airbus. Guus is in the background. He just was chosen CIO of Germany because, he says, of the WST work we did with him. His strategic planner, Peter is next to him in the black tie. Oh. The challenge we had to bring his initial strategic plan from 20 powerpoints to 4.


Large groups can not handle 20 powerpoints.


We have 500  more pictures somewhere.




Pillars to Assess Organizations in Whole System Transformation Summits.

October 30, 2017

Our old model has evolved along with a new current definition of OD refined.

Credit goes to my daughter, Arielle, our associate Lenny Lind from Co-Vison and the Jakarta Asia OD Network Summit design team.

We are about to enter the first Whole System Transformation Event for strangers/the public/ many organizations at once.  Transformation will not occur but we guarantee that this unique conference is sign of what is coming in  OD.  It will not happen because we need to be working with an intact system or organization.

And our Jakara design is light years ahead of anything happening in today’s popular Change Management world.

Here is Peter Blocks heretic invitation 

Ed Schein and Barbara Bunker  will also keynote. For us they are the  two senior living and active male and female OD founders.


No one that we know integrates the 6 pillars driven by the Executive Team as we do. For us,  it one of ten reasons why it prevents the controversial  statement that 70% of Change programs/journeys fail. 99% of our Change Journeys succeed to one degree or another.

So now we challenge you to incorporate what we have learned over 50 years into your practice. Why? Because Change Agents will become more in demand as each week goes by. My God, there will be free internet connectivity worldwide in a very short time. Such will more  than level the playing field for the world. Free education is coming for 90% of those living.  Change will only accelerate. Who but you, as a change agent, are prepared to help us to move faster and smoother to the age of abundance and peace (Aquarius- let the sun shine in).

Here is our radical future statement from Singular Univeristy. In 2048, those individuals that keep up with the changes will be 1 billion time more intelligent that they are today. Think on that one for a bit.

Now the developed new Pillar model.





The above definition is based on what we came up at our first Asia OD Network Summit in Dubai maybe 12 years ago. Charles Seashore was significantly involved as well as Roland’s pal,  the famed… Billie Rothwell from Penn State…Now the author of almost 100 Books!!!!

Truly                                                                                                                                                          Roland, Mary Jane Balsi-Sullivan and Arielle Threlkeld-Sullivan

PS: Roland here: My first degree is in Philosophy. As I reflect on life as I have been doing since 1962, I say that the essence of the human species is to CHANGE who they are!!!! Today is a good time for you and I to commit or re-commit to such a life mission and take focused steps toward such.

The room for our upcoming Summit:

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Essential OD Wisdom from Roland and the Most Senior Practitioners from Minnesota

September 27, 2017

Am with Rev. John Johnson the second longest OD Consultant in Minn. He worked with Dr. Richard Byrd from Edina, Mn and significant NTL member with his and my mentor Dr. Jack Gibb.

Part One

Part Two: Questions and Answers

What will be your legacy? What will be your passion?


Roland for Maja



One Of a Kind Pictures of My Jumbo Large Group Dynamic

September 17, 2017

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I. STA is partnering with Co-Vision and Lenny Lind. Here is a picture using his Co-Visioning technology with one of my clients. One of my students, Lisa, from University of St. Thomas was instrumental in application. There are 52 flags on the stage representing  countries in the room.

II. Perhaps 15 years ago in San Francisco we did a 2.5 day lab on Large Group Dynamics. Paul, from the Swiss Rail traveled to be with us. As an internal change agent, he took what he learned and applied to the Famous Railroad in Switzerland. He was so successful that he started his own consulting firm.

He calls what he learned from us, Real Time Strategic Change. Kathie Dannemiller invented such at Ford in the late 70’s. Ford still uses her modality today. She then named it “Whole Scale Change” a few years latter. Then just before she flew into heaven, she named her work “Whole System Transformation.”  because it communicated best what she invented. Here is a link to her last interview with my comments.

Dannenmiller’s last interview

III. Here is  our (STA’s) largest Jumbo Group of almost 1,600 participants for four days, many years ago. Was convened by the President of the United States. It is still having postive impact today in terms of job creation.


A link to the story.

7th American Forest Trans-organization Congress

Post Script:

Lewin the founder of OD coined 4 words or phrases perhaps in the 30’s & 40’s.

Social Psychologist ( Maja, my wife has her Masters in Social Organization Psychology from the academically tough Jesuits. It is based on the work of Lewin)



Group Dynamics

Post Script II. The use of large groups has dwindled because they are a real challenge to master. Still I see them a very important part of the future of Organization Change. Simply, we have  spent around 45 years determining  how to transfer to those highly interested. 




Free Resources for the Minnesota OD Network and other followers of my blog

September 14, 2017



 Emerald WST Paper

Nihar’s revision of Emerald.

 WST MODALITY integrated with other Models

 WST 10 Elements by Mubeena Mohd

WST value proposition CASES:

5 Sample Cases

Airbus Case for 10ed Worley

ABSA Case: Roland Sullivan

Allstate Case

 BAE. Pre-publication

NWA Case

Seventh American Forest Congress Case

IFA conference Presentation on the 1st WST case in Africa
Lessons Learned in WST as told by the Executives

Dilmy Transformation of Semen Indonesia.


ABSA- IFA Presentation

 AirB: Design Team Learnings and Wisdom

Airbus leadership lessons.




Leading Change and Transformation in Africa – POD4 Online Chapter

Kathie Dannemiller Last Full Interview

WST Article for 2nd Ed Change Champions

A Sample Script In Memory of Udai Pareek Article P. Vijayakumar, Mj and Rs

Burke Model on Change OD by Alan Weiss

 POD Chapter 8 -Marketing and Positioning OD –


Dannenmiller 5 truths



Emerald video of Roland . over 10,000 views

YOUTUBE location ONE:

Roland’s OD story: Spontaneous interview by his daughter, Arielle.

YOUTUBE location TWO:


OD Network Video:

Managing Change: BPI



Advantages of WST- Concise

How To Do: WST Video

Three Marketing Videos: Transforming ICA

Transforming Any Team

Advantages of WST- 5 videos

 Costing of WST

  1. Costing WST

Explore of Whole Brain Literacy

III. I Control

We-Pursue… the mini steps of WST

Purpose of the consult

China videos on WST


  1. One Asia Whole System Transformation: Roland Sullivan Part I



  1. Asia Whole System Transformation: Roland Sullivan Part II


 Asia Whole System Transformation: Roland Sullivan Part III

Asia Whole System Transformation: Roland Sullivan Part IV

 Asia Whole System Transformation: Roland Sullivan Part V

Asia Whole System Transformation: Roland Sullivan Part VI

Introduction to WST at AODN

Part I

Part II

Part III


 Part V




 Video for beginners

 Here’s the link to the first video: When new to the field!AlI9sCYwUrkttxCbNS3voNHtHBQv

 Video two for experienced folks!AlI9sCYwUrkttxGgUKHmoauxA9w5




A Review of Dr. Noer’s Humanistic Consulting book: The most significant OD publication of this century

September 14, 2017





Dr. Chris Agyris in my mind is the brightest and key author on Change Intervention Theory and Practice. In my last in person meeting with him, he asked me to be the guardian of th OD boundaries. He said that OD is not everything to every one.

The new hot OD book, authored by Dr. David Noer titled, “Humanistic Consulting: It’s History, Philosophy and Power for Organizations helps us all understand the current boundaries of OD. For me, it is the most important OD book written thus far this century because:

It shares information publicly from original stories that never been published before as it takes the reader new ground

It portrays one man’s lifetime assimilation of the  theory and practice of OD of the past to the  present and future

Demonstrates how OD is quite relevant to today’s environment of rapid change and transformation

Truisms  shared about the special interest of large group interventions that the common change person has yet to discover and master

Highlighting and re-birthing the concept of power that was so prominent in the early days of our occupation

The most comprehensive clear  list of 10 competencies are shared. I should know  because I led along with Dr. Rothwell and Chris Worley organization change competence  over the past 30 years for the field

The assessments in the appendix are worth the price

Pointing out the great differentiation between popular change management and organization development. OD is focused on a humanistic philosophy. Such permeates every chapter.

Dr. Noer has had a fantastic career. He along with Ed Schein are two of the most active silver OD  foxes still active in change thinking and work today.



MS. Charles left this earth last night & is dancing in Heaven this day… my favorite all time “KOOL” client

September 3, 2017


My daughter’s mother said that Melisande Charles led our koolest client system ever.
 The Minneapolis Arts Commission came out our first intensive. We essentially changed the art world in Minneapolis in the years to come … only to be now one of the leading art centers of the USA.
Here is a quote from from Facebook today from one of her team members.
“Melisande Charles was instrumental in creating The Minneapolis Arts Commission. That organization changed the role of art in this city. It had a direct effect on the Minneapolis club scene, music world, theatre world, dance world, and all of the other sub groups that exploded into the late 70’s.
That NYC Transplant with her no nonsense attitude had everything to do with the reasons behind why you live here and what this city has become.
She went on to distinguish her legend as a teacher, digital pioneer, and leader in Minneapolis. She was a one of a kind transformation powerhouse and great art pal. So long Art Mama, see you in my dreams. With Love!”
So Roland says: What are you doing to change the world? What is your passion? How are you making a difference? What will be your legacy? Rise up and be greater each day!
May Melisande Charles rest in peace!!! I shed a tear!!!!! She changed my life with her creativity and innovative thinking. 

Roland’s WST Lab In London And An Update On My Professional Life

August 19, 2017

OD is coming alive in Europe.

Here is a great sum of my life in Cynthia’s promotion.

I have it figured out people. Just published today in the 11th edition of Cummings and Worley a case where the long term effort increased 1,000 percent. My previous record was 574%. The article appeared on the cover of Minnesota Business Journal.

Will be writing my update on WST for a most prestigious book in Germany. Other authors include Larry Lippitt and Ed Schein and my large group trainee, Paul, from Switzerland. Two new additions:

A making change stick activity from Marshall Goldsmith that I published for Marshall on my 4th edition and the focus in the second phase where we no longer work with the next level of leaders but just the top 300 high potential leaders.

Yes. Am still learning. And expect to learn every day as I help Asia and Africa adjust the Western OD theory and practice to Eastern Culture.

My family, Maja (wife). Arielle (daugher) and I are incorporating Transcendence in the TATA-C-Sol OD program. Big event happening 2019. Who else do you know has been a daily practitioner of Yoga and OD since 1962? If you know of someone, I want to meet them!

I have said now for 5 years that one of the key OD competencies  will be “super intuitive consciousnesses.”

Two of my mentors, Gordon Lippitt and Jack Gibb had such in the 60’s. I experienced first hand with them and talked with them about the abilities.

here is the London link:

I highly recommend these organization development jobs

July 14, 2017

To sustain my work at Allstate many years ago, this function was created. All the people that worked with me originally have been pulled away to greater jobs. For example, Ms. Vales is now Global OD Head at Nike.

Ms. Todd is now leading Whole System Transformation efforts for economically poor women in Africa while keeping alive a robust consulting business.

Thus, the beat must go on. Allstate is a very friendly organization that continually seeks to become more effective. They are transforming. They are making the shift to the new age. Here are two links that describe the job. I’m assuming you’re authentically educated and experienced organization development person. Pay is substantial.

People with a change management focus need not apply. (Just my bias)

If I know you well. We can talk about, yours truly, recommending you.

Roland Sullivan

PS: From my Allstate executive client.

The impacts are tremendous, ( of Whole System Transformation) the capability for change in the organization is tremendous, the employee engagement that results in the organization is an unbelievable thing to see. But you have to be willing to let your employees engage, and if you are, and to have them bring all of their voice to the table, all the goods and all the bads, and for you to be open and honest with how the organization is going to run and how you will lead it with your people and the vulnerability that takes is probably the biggest learning that I got out of the process after embarking on it. It is worth it, it is hard, it is rewarding, it’s emotional, it’s draining, it’s rewarding. Thank you.

My Resourse for VALUES

June 4, 2017