Archive for March, 2013

Best managed city in the usa– used OD coaching.

March 29, 2013

I like to share that one of my two living mentors, Dr. Koestenbaum has just had one of his clients recognized. For those of us who consult,  one great result is when our clients are successful.  I am working intensely with Peter these days. He absolutely uplifts my spirit every time I meet with him. Perhaps someday I will be at the point where I can uplift my friends, my family and my clients each and every time I meet with them. My other friend, Kathie Dannemiller, the great executor of large group interactive events also had that ability.

Peter said in an email to me. “I am happy to say that my client, the City of Palo Alto, City Manager James Keene and author of the report, Sheila Tucker, won the award as the best managed city in the US. Being in Palo Alto at this moment, I will get the details this morning at a breakfast meeting (I only drink pure water).


Carl Rogers distilled-one of my most important mentors

March 28, 2013

On Becoming a Person by Rogers was one of the clearest and most influential books that I first read on facilitation. I was fortunate to be with Carl personally numerous times when I was hanging around with Jack Gibb and NTL.

Found this on a great website:

Facilitation theory in point form

Carl Rogers and others developed the theory of facilitative learning. The basic premise is that learning will occur by the educator acting as a facilitator, that is by establishing an atmosphere in which learners feel comfortable to consider new ideas and are not threatened by external factors.

Other characteristics of this theory include:

a belief that human beings have a natural eagerness to learn,

there is some resistance to, and unpleasant consequences of, giving up what is currently held to be true,

the most significant learning involves changing one’s concept of oneself.
Facilitative teachers are:

less protective of their constructs and beliefs than other teachers,

more able to listen to learners, especially to their feelings,

inclined to pay as much attention to their relationship with learners as to the content of the course,

apt to accept feedback, both positive and negative and to use it as constructive insight into themselves and their behaviour.

are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning,

provide much of the input for the learning which occurs through their insights and experiences,

are encouraged to consider that the most valuable evaluation is self-evaluation and that learning needs to focus on factors that contribute to solving significant problems or achieving significant result

March 3, 2013

Roland and Jerry Rose reflect on a splendid OD intervention; The 7th American Forest Congress.

Posted for the Great David Noer, one of the senior OD consultants. David has had tremendous success changing small systems. He now is curious how one might change a large dysfunctional system.

This is a great case of large system change in a vary challenging community.

A 22 minute video is broken into six parts.

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