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Rescheduled for May: New Mental Models for Working with Teams and Organizations--with Mark Federman

  • 12 Feb 2014
  • 7:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • U of T Faculty Club @ 41 Willcocks St.


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7:45 – 8:15 am – Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
8:15 – 11:00 am – Workshop

Event Description

Mark Federman will present a theory that sets out a new mental model for teams and organizational structure that is based on relationships, emergence and complexity. He will focus on providing the language and vocabulary of his theory to allow the members of the TODN to then explore examples from their own experience within the new paradigm. This new vocabulary will include five types of relationships – or ways people come together – as well as a new tactile “sensory metaphor”.

Mark will then look at what kinds of organizations are thriving in this new paradigm, and work with the TODN participants as we explore the questions to ask, and the opportunities for working with clients using this framework.

This interactive session will include new ideas, opportunities for dialogue, and practical strategies for applying the theory in your work with clients.


Mark Federman. An unconventional, yet strategic thinker, Mark has more than twenty-five years’ experience in the high-technology industry as an executive, manager and consultant, spanning disciplines including research and development, marketing, sales, operations and strategic leadership.

Mark earned his Ph.D. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. The title of the thesis is “From BAH to ba: Valence Theory and the future of organization,” the manuscript of which can be found at http://valencetheory.pbworks.com

Mark is currently the Academic Vice-President, and Dean of the Faculty of Leadership and Organization at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto, the first private, non-sectarian, graduate school in Canada. Under Mark's leadership, Adler has applied for consent to offer a new Master's degree in Leadership and Organization, Development and Coaching.

An internationally sought educator, speaker, facilitator and playshop leader, Mark consults to businesses and government agencies as a strategy advisor, using a variety of thinking tools and critical frameworks as approaches to gaining awareness, perception and insight into complex issues in an environment of continual change.

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