Archive for August, 2016

Transformation in Asia

August 22, 2016

Roland’s presentation to the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) Members’ General Meeting on August 18, 2016 at the Henry Sy Sr. Auditorium, St Luke’s Global City Taguig.

Here are the Links: PART I, PART II

I announce the first time publicly my prediction that there will be 10,000 times more progress this century than last century.

The links for verification from Kurzweil are in the 50 plus resources. To download the resources CLICK HERE.

Yes, they will help you in your change consulting.  Yet, I have figured out how to teach what I believe is one of the most powerful enterprise-wide interventions. One can never ever really learn such unless you are velcroed to my hip where I push you into the limelight to shine like never before.

Please contact Maja Balasi-Sullivan at if you wish to have a conversation to determine if our mutual interests warrant collaboration.

I say EARN and LEARN!

Roland for Maja


Erratum: 1) St. Luke’s Medical Center is located at Bonifacio Global City Taguig, not Makati as I mentioned in the video.

Here’s a photo of yours truly and Ms. Julie M. Miteria, Vice President of Human Resources of SM Supermalls, the biggest mall chain in the Philippines.



The Best Ph.D. and MSOD in Organization Change!

August 8, 2016

The Transformation of my Daughter Arielle: Becoming a Transformation  Agent Helping Business become a “Cooperidder like” Agent of Change  


A little history:

As far as I know, I was the first to graduate with the masters in OD from a Jesuit or Catholic University in the world. There were no organization change texts at the time. Thus, Dr. Egan from Loyola in Chicago gave me, hot off the press, the first 3 books of the Addison Wesley Series by Bennis, Beckhard, and Schein to get started in the literature.

After graduating I then hand wrote 50 of the greatest change agents like Argyris, Bradford, Gibb, Blake, Blanchard, Lippitt & Edie Seashore and asked where I should get my Ph.D. The first change community with the hub at National Training Laboratories was quite small. Everyone knew everyone else.  With an amazing 90% response, the data overwhelmingly indicated that there was no adequate Ph.D. program available but I should attend the MSOD program at Pepperdine. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) was in chaos and transition at the time. Herb Shepherd who founded the first Ph.D. program at CWRU also told me to study with Bob Tannenbaum at Pepperdine.  I applied for the third class some 40 years ago. All in all, it was the most transforming experience in my life: surpassing my many previous T-Groups. In the early days, I doubt any other academic program cried and laughed as deeply as the Pepperdine community. Self as an instrument of change was foundational.

Some years later, I had the honor of being an adjunct faculty member of Pepperdine where I taught Whole System Transformation with a focus on large group interactive events.

Now to the “here and now” – seven hours and 77 minutes ago, my daughter, Arielle, graduated in the Pepperdine MSOD program.

Thus today, I celebrate her transformation, who through her own free choice and surprising her father, entered the program two years ago. As the youngest of classmates from all over the world, she has had the opportunity to lead consulting efforts in China, Puerto Rico and France. She has matriculated deeply and meaningfully with my global clients such as Alex from Africa and Raed from Saudi.  I introduced both of them to the program. They also proclaim extraordinary learning and personal transformation.

Arielle, is now ready to continue changing and transforming the world working internally with top executives at Allstate.

My dream is that one day, Arielle along with my wife Maja will carry my legacy of Whole System Transformation deep into Asia and Africa.

I always recommend the Pepperdine program to anyone in the world who truly wants to have the best global OD education. The founders created the design. Now with Dr. Ed Schein, the only remaining founder still alive to teach, a new batch of professors have built upon the past and accelerated the program to futuristic performance.

Without doubt, it has become the most recognized global change program in the world. Because it has a human interaction lab & residential focus of only eight days at a time. Hence, people from any place in the world can attend.

Allow me to share more of my early days of teaching OD. I first taught organization development in the doctoral program of University of Minnesota under Dr. Gary McLean.  Rothwell, Gary and I created our first text: Practicing Organization Development as the key content.

I then supported one of our students Mitch Kusey, in the start-up of the Masters program in OD at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Minnesota. It became a solid program. Teaching in the program for many years led me to my current refinement of how to teach OD. It is having the person velcroed to my hip in a client organization following a proven whole system transformation structured process.

One time during my meditation, I had this vision of having a wonderful Ph.D. program at UST. Again supporting Dr. Kusey with the help of OD founder Dr. Peter Vail, the UST Ph.D. program was initiated. Peter and I set the prerequisite for entrance be an exam on the current version of Organization Development and Change by Cummings and Worley. (By the way, I strongly recommend anyone interested in change management to read their recently released 10th edition.)

I insisted that the UST program be in part residential lab/classes. Students to this day tell me that the residential are the highlight of the program.

Then the seeds for transformation of the UST Ph.D. were created when Dr. David Jamieson, a key student of Dr. Bob Tannenbaum from UCLA and Pepperdine was hired to revive and renew the UST Masters & Ph.D program. He has done a splendid job.  To my amazement, he patterned the Ph.D. program after the Pepperdine MSOD model. As I hear the testimonies from those who are in the new program, it is incredible. I have it becoming the number one best Ph.D. program in OD on Globe. Why? Because it is the only program that has extensive residential laboratory education while the learning based on the founders work at National Training Labs (where I got my start in 1962).

I would like to mention 5 other global change programs that are in my mind solid. Most of the change teaching out there today is the blind leading the blind!!!

The first program I want to mention is the Social Organizational Psychology Ph.D. program at Ateneo de Manila University. This Jesuit program came from my Dr. Egan at Loyola by the way of Fordham in New York before being incepted in Manila. My wife is a student there today so I know of what I speak.

The second program that I would like to mention is the Masters and OD programs under the guidance of Dr. Perla Tayko at Assumption University of Thailand. I remember some 20 years ago when Dr. Perla sought input of the core academic OD professors to ensure her program was authentic.   It has just seen a spurt of growth moving into China and Myanmar.

To this day, Dr. Perla is having an influence on my life. She is one of the most positive change agents I personally know. I have adapted her theme of “Transformative Learning and Change and “Whole Brain Literacy” in all I do.   I remember perhaps 20 years ago, Perla and I were at the ODI conference in Mexico. Perla reached out to my then 7-year old daughter and helped her feel right at home among the “old change professionals.”

The third program is Benedictine University in Chicago. A little history: I entered the Masters of Social work program in 1968 at George Williams. Jerry Perlmutter trained at NTL brought the T-Group modality into the entire university. I was in the first class that the now famed Dr. Peter Sorenson ever taught. I chose the program because the MSW program had the best small group work available. At the time, such is where OD training started.

A side note: Our T-groups held at the Lake Geneva resort campus. My daughter was 2 months old when she attended (here in her mother’s arms) the first ODI conference at the Lake Geneva campus.

Just after I completed the first exciting year at George Williams, Dr. Egan, called me from Loyola and said he was going to start a pure Masters program in OD and that he wanted me to be the first student. I leaped at the chance. While the George Williams program was great, I felt the genuine OD theory and practice became contaminated with the Social Work accreditation requirements.

When George Williams needed to close because of land tax issues in suburban Chicago, Peter Sorensen took the essential OD program from GW and transferred it to Benedictine. It now reviles the Ph.D. program at UST as the best global OD program in the USA.

One of the most famous students from Bendictine is Dr. Lee Lu, the current President of AODN. Our 10th AODN Summit will be in China in a few months. (www.AODN.Org)

The fourth that I would like to mention is the new kid on the block just starting. It is in India at The Center for Social and Organizational Leadership (C SOL) housed in the famed Tata Institute for Social Sciences. They just expanded from Mumbai to Delhi and Bangalore. I hope to have them expand in Malaysia in the next few years. I have reviewed their curriculum. It is the most authentic and true to the founders’ philosophy that I have seen. Their strength is the adapting of historical OD to modern times, especially in India and Asia.

Oh. There is one last one. In my humble opinion the most authentic “solely” online OD Masters is at Penn State under the leadership of my 25 year pal, Dr. William Rothwell.  He and I were the OD competency experts for years and years. Rothwell’s program also is having great success and growing by leaps and bounds.

So as my daughter says, just my two cents. The above is just one person’s view. Roland’s view who humbly comes from the farmlands of rural USA.

I would love to hear about other upcoming great change education.

Below is Arielle 7 hours ago as graduation was streamed to yours truly in the South East Asia.  As I look at the picture below, I have a throb in my heart, a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. Just one proud father. More importantly I want to thank all the OD and original applied behavioral heretics or change agents whose wisdom is preparing our youth to help get this messed up world into the Age of Aquarius. Let the sun shine in!!!Picture1

The Work Place Required Today…Or Bust!!!

August 2, 2016

Dr. Linda Sharkey,  a person I very much trust,  is coming out with a new book on the workplace of the future.  It is based on her global international research.  Wiley the world’s largest publisher; and  my publisher has reached out to her and requested that she write this book.

I share  with you first my interview with her a few months ago (click here).  I essentially say that Whole System Transformation ( WST) is the modality to bring the new workplace required today that she portrays in her book.  Ray Kurzwiel’s speech in Beijing has blown my mind regarding the change coming. Humbly,  I say that I know of no other way and methodology that will help our organization’s deal with the coming exciting future faster,cheaper, and deeper.  When we work with the critical mass of an organization that transforms, it takes a leap into what it wants to be. We are starting to move toward the workplace required for survival and thriving tomorrow.

Dr. Sharkey introduces her book in her radio show (click here)

Here are a few of the highlights:

1. The design of our organizations is based on the rules of organizations from the early 1900s.

2. 61% of the companies that were on the  New York Stock Exchange 5 years ago,  no longer exist.  CEOs say that 76% believe that their industry or organization is going to be facing significant and extraordinary disruption in the next couple of years.

3. One of Linda’s answers is that we need to focus our learning on the context of the organization culture rather traditional expert knowledge or content. This has huge implications for learning and training development going on in today’s world. Learning must be on demand and real time.

 4. Linda says we need to produce agility & nimbleness. WST does so naturally.

5. Soft skills are needed more and more today. This is especially a huge challenge for leadership in Asia . Such as:

-Emotional intelligence,

-People empowerment,

-A spirit of inquiry,

-Asking the right questions,



-Changing mindset,

-Working with diversity such as with people in other cultures that have great differences,

-The ability to listen to others,

-Creativity and curiosity,

-The ability to learn,

-The ability to ask questions

-Explore newness

-Support other people to grow and learn

The soft skills are the make or break variable for organizations  today and especially in the future. They make the hard skills needed for technology work especially when working across cultures and around the world.

If you do not have the above you will have an organization transfixed in the past and on its way to a fast death.

In my WST work, we only indirectly focus on soft skills. The empowered people who we teach to lead the transformation and come up with event designs will create experiences that will naturally bring the soft skills to the foreground. The people love such as they become committed to the new culture in the process of being change makers. There is a natural overflow to the everyday culture. 

6. The new leadership must without doubt not be fearful of allowing others to have power. So we need leaders who can let go of power while accepting others to become empowered. The new leaders are coaches and mentors. They are people of inspiration and they shine stronger than ever before as their people love them. 

The above are just a few of the initial ideas heard in the radio interview.  Click above to hear the complete story.

Unless you move your organization to the new workplace standards, you will have an organization rooted in a dying past.

How do we move our current organizations to the new required workplace?

Of course, my answer is Whole Systems Transformation.  The entire leadership and organization can figure out with their internal resources how to prepare for the future that is coming in WST structured process that is sustainable. Thus, dependence upon expensive outside consultants is greatly reduced. 

As my mentor Dr. Tannenbaum often said. “ONWARD AND UPWARD”!!!


Roland and Maja

Allow me to be a proud father. Arielle graduates next week from the most recognized global OD program, Pepperdine. The key mentor of Pepperdine’s MSOD program was my mentor, Dr. Robert Tannenbaum of UCLA.



2017 China: Asia OD Network Conference

August 2, 2016

It is with great pleasure that I  announce the upcoming conference.

link to conference brochure and registration

There is a growing interest in organization development in China.  My first edition of Practicing Organization Development was the first organization change book ever translated into Chinese.

I have been working with Dr. Lee Lu  perhaps the last 10 year to help bring OD to China.

Dr. Lu  persistently is bringing organization development alive in China.

I have Lee as the first person from China who has a legitimate Ph.D in organizational development  from where I started in 1968,  George Williams then and now Benedictine University.

This will be our third conference in China.

We have assembled five of the top 10 organization development people in Asia to present  including Dr. T.V Rao. TV  the premier student of Dr. Udai Pareek. Udai  brought organizational development, training, and development, leadership development, HR, HRD, and feedback all to Asia first and India first.

TV Rao and Dr. Khandelwal will honor him at the conference  around a special edition of India’s top organizational change people sharing their memories and their current work around OD.

Dr Khandelwal is recently appointed by the Government as member of Banks Board Bureau, which appoints Chairmen and whole time directors in Public Sector banks and is given responsibility to pilot reforms in the Banking sector. He is also a senior advisor, KPMG. He is also Chairman (Designate) of a bank in Mauritius.

He is a leading Transformational leader, author, educationist and HRD expert            

The name of the Sage book is:

HRD, OD, and Institution Building-Essays in Memory of Udai Pareek …

My case in the book written by my wife soon to be  Dr. Sullivan and Professor Vijayakumar
Yours truly giving Udai the first ever Lifetime achievement award from AODN in India


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