Archive for September, 2017

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.