Archive for April, 2018

Another Dedication to Ed Schein: The Most Active Living Founder of OD

April 15, 2018

Below are five relatively current videos by Ed Schein that articulate his latest views on  culture and the world of change. 

Schein is my hero. We dedicated one of our Practicing Organization Development editions to Ed. We say:

We dedicate this book to Edgar Schein for:

-Cofounding and then being the major lead in documenting  the theory and practice of the new field of OD in its start up phase via the well-known Addison-Wesley series;

– Being the first to articulate the constraints of the consultants role as expert and advisor, and for articulating the than new notion that the consultant should help others discover what they need and then with sensitivity facilitate them towards their desired state;

( Ed shares the story on how he learned the above in the second or third video by Maja below.)

– Helping the field of organization change and development become aware that results in change efforts come largely from the design, facilitation, and management of processes;

– Making the concept of “process consultation” a household word among change agents; and 

– His contributions while being a Sloan fellows professor of management emeritus and senior lecture at MIT Sloan school of management through his countless articles, videos and books. 

Let’s end with a personal story.

In the fall of 1969, the famous doctoral student, at Loyola University of Chicago, Father Gerard Egan, handed me a book by Ed Schein titled Process Consultation. (It was the first book in the Addison Wesley OD series.) Then Egan said to me, “Welcome to your new masters program in Organization Development.” He said that this was our first textbook. At the time in 1969, I was the only person in the upcoming Masters program in OD at Loyola. 

The second textbook Egan gave me was his yet to be presented thesis titled Encounter. My first assignment was to proof it and offer feedback. To this day, some of us original Change Agents believe the book Encounter is still the best researched book on group dynamics in existence. Organization Development uniquely has a focus on Group Dynamics.

A few weeks latter, Egan gave me the  next two textbooks that were also in the Addison Wesley series by Beckhard and Bennis. From the Bennis book is where I took my famous statement that I’ve given to every group publicly since 1969.Here it is again:

We are entering an epoch of a dizzying rate of change.  Expect more positive change to occur the rest of your life since the beginning of the recording in civilization 4,500 years ago.

Well, in the year 2018, I  believe we just reached the explosion of that forecasted change. Now, I say expect more positive change in the next 20 to 25 years than in the past 400 to 500 years!

Artificial Intelligence, singularity, digital transformation, exponential change, the global brain, and IBM Watson for the cloud have all arrived!

Hang onto your hats! We are entering just now the most exciting time in the history of civilization.

Here are the videos:


Another 3 Videos on Maja’s interview with Schein on Culture.



Roland & Maja





Roland Sullivan Shares Theorems for His Whole System Transformation Modality – ELEMENT 1- SYSTEMS

April 11, 2018

This is the first of a series of maybe 20-30 videos required viewing for the  Internal Change Agent (ICA) that I transfer competence to.  I velcro ICAs to my hip as I use immersion to help them learn how to transform the systems in front of them. Immersion in 5 week modules is the way Barbara Bunker learned OD at NTL.  Barbara is the senior living woman who has mastered OD. She talks of such in video on my blog when she keynoted the Indonesia OD Network Summit.

I have no professional secrets. I believe as my mentor, Dr. Ron Lippitt, believed, that is, knowledge and wisdom gained from the Ivory Tower or Universities doing Action Research out in the wild should be disseminated “FREELY” to the rest of the world.

Here is the  first video in element 1 in my new up coming series on systems thinking.

Systems Thinking Video 1

Here is the second video on systems thinking.

Systems Thinking Video 2 

The second set of videos will be me summarizing my Ph.D learning with Dr. Jack Gibb who taught  OD by immersion at NTL with Dick Beckhard.

Never before in the history of the world does the world need more help dealing with Change!

I just saw a video last night that convinced me that the job of many medical doctors will be eliminated. Hey! Just as of  now we have the technology connected to the Cloud that through sensors will assess a person’s complete health and offer the  right prevention or treatment prescriptions. It may say, you only have 100 cancer cells in you and not to worry for years to come or it might say you call an ambulance and get to the nearest emergency room right now!

The accuracy is superior to 10 Board Certified Physicians. With exponential change, the cost will come down to almost nothing. Millions in the rural areas of the world will specially benefit.  If surgery will be needed, robots who have perfected the procedure will spring into action. Through my consulting, I have come to know health care well. Most issues are around human error. When a robot has performed the same 1 billion operations without a mistake, I trust!

I hear of such breakthroughs weekly!!!

For example, I hear our energy crisis will be resolved in 20 years, if not sooner. Gee. Long term in the new world of “abundance”, car transportation “fuel” will essentially be free with the new advanced batteries.

Our organizations and communities need those of you who are professional change agents to help them deal the dizzying and unconceivable rate of  change occurring right now! Change Agents have a bright future!!

Oxford just reported that 47 % of existing jobs in the world will disappear in the next 5  to 10 years.

The majority of accountants

or bank tellers

or dispatchers

or farmers

or drivers

or cashiers

or printers

or travel agents

or dispatchers

or bar tenders

or fast food workers

or telemarketers will no longer be needed.

IBM Watson in the Cloud is taking over at a blink of an eye. Any jobs that are routine including HR jobs will be taken over by the “BOTS.”

If you ask me what the new jobs will be. I do not have a clue. Although perhaps they  will be new exciting contract jobs not created yet that will be held by those that can influence technology with human wisdom.  Such I believe include change agents.

One of the Asian change programs that I advise is expecting nearly 10,000 applicants for the next year. Do not tell me Organization Change is  dead!!!

Even in the USA, a change program that I am close to will have 400 applicants for around 30 seats.

As one of my mentors, Bob Tannenbaum often said, “Onward and Upward.”

I simply say: Truly.

Roland for my business partner, Maja Balasi Sullivan


Shocking Free Movie on the Whole Food Plant-Based Diet!!!

April 5, 2018

Dick Beckhard gave us the definition of Organization Development that has been most used between about 1962 and when he left this life perhaps ten years ago. The definition had the word health in it .He believes that Organization Development’s purpose was to increase the health of the organization so that it could be more effective and perform at higher and higher levels.

Beckhard’s friend and leading OD professional on the West Coast at the University of California, Los Angeles was Bob Tannenbaum. Bob believed that healthy self development was the instrument to facilitate change and health in an organization or system or community.

I say that eating the whole food plant-based diet is key in maintaining one’s personal health. I follow the whole plant-based diet almost 95% of the time.

This new free movie is shocking.  It is beginning to sweep the country. For example millions of US dollars are being spent on its research at Kaiser Permanente right now. It is based on the latest science.

One cannot argue with absolutely solid science. The issue in the past is that hospitals and large pharma as well as the agriculture industry influenced the research unethically. It has been all about the money honey!

The new new research indicates why the results of the whole plant-based diet just may save your life and your parents and your children’s lives.

The science says the whole food plant-based diet can eliminate the top 15 disease killers starting with heart disease and diabetes and cancer and diverticulosis and so forth and so forth.

You have the right to know. You have a free will. You have the right to decide for your own body and mind and heart and soul.

You can ignore this movie or you can exhibit self-care and at least watch it. Yes, one would need to stop eating out in most cases. One would need to learn how to prepare the food.  The typical experience is that after one month or two this diet taste better than any of the food you have been eating.

Your free will is one of the greatest distinguishing factors of a human being. Freely choose how you want to eat. Freely choose what state of happiness or internal joy you would like to achieve.

My life is about over at 73. Those of you under 40 have an incredible long life ahead of you without disease if you so freely choose. I wish I knew what I know now when I was 40.

On the other hand, my life is totally complete and I have no fear whatsoever of my future because I do not believe in death. Leaving my body of course will occur .

But continuing to live in the consciousness of Divine Love with security in hope and faith is more than adequate for me. All resulting in immortal Divine Life and Love!!!

As 98 year old Sister Jane said on national TV this past weekend during the final four representing Loyola University, my alma mater, “All for the glory of God.” God being Muslim or Hindu or Christian or Buddhist or any of the other major denominations. Today is the day of unity in diversity.

I was the first graduate in Organization Development from a Jesuit University.I work or I call it play or service endlessly. I value and love every minute of my life. I have no regrets. Now, I want to leave my legacy to my daughter and my wife Maja because I want them to have an impact on the world that is 100 times greater than my impact. Both of them are actually more talented than I AM. And for the most part they eat the whole plant-based diet! 

My daughter just purchased a hot air fryer that prepares the food in a healthy manner. I saw her use it for the first time last night on FaceTime as she made tasty and healthy spicy potato chips. No oil was involved.

And both my wife and my daughter on the new diet are experiencing an increase in energy and well-being.

Now it’s your free will that needs to be activated. But if you choose to eat the American sad diet with fast food hamburger and french fries and cheese, I’ll still accept and love you!

Truly, Roland 😇



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