Wisdom From Founding Giants in the Field of Organization Development

Bob, Pat, and Dick were truly three of my best friends. At one time or another I hired all three and I published Dick and Bob.

Pat approached me for publication and we were working on a book but did not get it done floor he left this life to dance with the cowboy angels in the sky.

They talk about the Pepperdine program that I was blessed and grateful to be able to attend in the late 70s. It really comes out of silicon valley. It was housed at San Jose State for eight years before moving to pepperdine.

Pat ran the show. And now I tear up as I reflect on my daughter just graduating from the same program. She was the youngest in the class and I was told by two of her professors that she was a star especially in processing groups.

Classic historic video on the start up organization development and Pepperdine program.

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One Response to “Wisdom From Founding Giants in the Field of Organization Development”

  1. rolandsullivan Says:

    And added thought to the video I just sent to you

    Beckhard with Sheppard is known for coining the phrase “organization development.”

    This conversation occurred between Dick on memorial day and the day that he closed up his cabinet in Maine with yours truly.

    It was a wonderful hour or two a conversation on the phone. It is a conversation I’ll never forget. Of course, My contribution was the word wholistic and he supported and agreed with it.

    But I don’t have an original idea. I took the word wholistic from a Rus Ackhoff and Fritz Pearls. Of course the word gestalt means whole ( spelled with a W). Dicks ex-wife, Elaine, was one of the leaders of the Gestalt Institute in Cleveland. So he understood very clearly the core essence of the word wholistic.
    He left this life a few months later and never returned to his cabin at Bethel

    The definition is printed in around 25 books

    According to Sullivan and Beckhard; OD is “a wholistic systemic and systematic change effort, using behavioral science competencies to change or transform the organization to a new desired state” (Sullivan and Beckhard, 1999, personal interaction).

    Truly
    Roland Sullivan

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