Events Blog

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  • 13 Sep 2017 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Dr. Carlos Davidovich MD presented and engaged our community in dialogue as we reviewed information about our 5 brains! and the role each plays as we innovate. 

    Carlos shared shared insights, information and perspectives about how various leadership functions i.e. setting strategy, being empathetic, taking risks, making decisions, use and need different parts of our brains. 

    We discussed the difference between creativity and innovation and were reminded that innovation is a process, and that by working through several steps, we all have the ability to innovate!

    I know I feel ready to be more innovative :), and my guess is that so do the others who attended and engaged with Carlos, and with one another,  in this evening of learning and insight!

  • 26 Apr 2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    This session our "intentional networking" piece was excellently facilitated by Sobita Upadhyay who introduced some wonderful call backs to TERA from our last event with Michael Bungay Stanier, and really got us thinking about our professional goals. Sobita then challenged us to think about our goals and wants for TODN and wonderful discussion took place between new members and familiar faces.

    Rob Elkington then kicked off the evening with an exercise designed to illustrate how individuals and teams function in a VUCA environment. Placing attendees into three groups, each group was given a directive to achieve as a team written on a card. The only catch? Once we had read the card we were not able to use verbal communication to achieve this goal. The result? Absolute chaos!

    After some of us had managed to tip chairs over, others to rearrange them in pairs, others trying to make them into a circle around the edges of the room one thing was clear – the room was a disaster. Most of us had lost our original teams, some had formed new teams, some had given up, and others were loving the anarchy!

    It became apparent that we need strong guiding frameworks to prepare us to address times of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA). With that Rob launched in to problem solving models and we discovered how Linear Problem solving does not work in a VUCA world. For that we need Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility; or the VUCA Prime model. A really fascinating topic that sparked some great dialogue.

    Presentation slides for this event are attached here TODN Leveraging VUCA Prime.pdf and you can read a great case study for Google here.

    Thanks Rob for a truly insightful presentation and really interesting discourse on leveraging VUCA. We can't wait for the the soon to be published (May, 2017, Emerald): “Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Thriving in the New VUCA Context.” 

    We look forward to seeing you on Thursday June 8thfor our “Wine Conference”.

  • 10 Mar 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Our evening began with the "intentional networking" that is being introduced into our agenda, and was expertly facilitated by Amrita Garg. The energy in the room was high as members shared perspectives on values and then "asks" and "offers" during several small group dialogues. 

    Thanks Amrita!

    Michael Bungay Stanier then gave us a choice of topics to focus on and the group decided a review of how to structure and design an engaging process would be most useful. Michael modeled the behaviours as he facilitated the topic, sharing his design structure and facilitation techniques useful in engaging and empowering audiences. Michael provided us with choices, demonstrated how to create connections, unbundled the design process, and shared many useful tips and strategies. 

    If you missed the event, ask a colleague to tell you about TERA; Structure; Channels; Space; Learning; Self Management. And remember - give people time for self reflection, engage people by having them work in pairs or triads and create an experience - that's what folks remember. 

    Thanks Michael - we appreciate your generosity!  

  • 09 Feb 2017 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Melissa Hartley presented an insightful and thought provoking session based on the work of Judith E Glaser on "Conversational Intelligence(TM)". Melissa had us recalling "best" and "worst" conversations, and sharing our reactions and insights as to how these are created, and the impact they have on all of us. We were introduced to different "levels of conversation" and a "dashboard" useful in naming different approaches and reactions to the many conversations we and/or our clients are engaged in. There was lots of conversation in the room as Melissa created a safe and open space where different perspectives and ideas related to the topic were expressed.

    Thanks Melissa for an informative and interesting evening! 

  • 25 Nov 2016 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Wise Crowds provided a wonderful format for our last event on the 2016 TODN calendar.

     A huge thanks to our leaders Lisa LaVecchia, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, OTMPC (Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation); Cara Vaccarino, Executive Director, Edgewood Health; and Terri de Wit, General Manager, iFLY Toronto for participating so openly in this liberating structures consulting process.

    Our leaders were given a chance to bring a case to the group and receive a plethora of perspectives from our eclectic community. This "low tech" event gave everyone a chance to openly share and engage during the evening. The twist of having the leader turn their chair around while the groups discussed the problem (or challenge - no wait - opportunity!) allowed for a deeper listening and richer dialogue.

    Attached are a few pictures of our wise crowds in action. What a powerful, open and diverse community of OD practitioners.

    Thanks again to all who attended our 2016 events, have a safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to seeing you on February 8th as we continue our theme for Winter/Spring 2017:  Evolution of Leadership: Self Awareness; Competencies; Attributes.


    Kristen Thomason (TODN Marketing Director)

  • 19 Oct 2016 10:07 PM | Anonymous

    Wow! So much to learn!! A great evening! Many thanks to Faye Bontje who led us through a fascinating learning event - teaching and leading us as we discovered  the complexities and imperatives of LGBTQ inclusion. The information was invaluable, and the dialogue generated was terrific. I will post some additional links and resources shortly.  

    Also thanks to Misha Glouberman who facilitated our Networking segment. There was positive feedback and appreciation from all participants as the segment created connections and real opportunities to share our expertise with one another in specific and tangible ways. 

  • 19 Sep 2016 5:06 PM | Deleted user

    Our speaker for our September event, Pam Ross, describes herself as a culture catalyst on a mission to reinvent work so that people and organizations can meet their potential.  She believes that the work world has changed due to technology, globalization, remote work and economic pressures making traditional ways of working obsolete.

    Pam offered the Results-Only Work Environment™ (ROWE™) as a remedy.  ROWE challenges traditional organizational bureaucracy and management principles, replacing them with the premise that each person to be 100% accountable and 100% autonomous.  It challenges the assumptions and practices associated with the traditional work environment, for example: “Work isn’t a place you go, it’s something you do.”

    Pam led us through a lively and interactive discussion of the 13 guideposts of ROWE.  She left us with the challenge of listening to our own language for judgements that both support and promote a work environment that continues to measure accomplishment, productivity and worth based on time versus accomplishment.

    Interested in learning more?  More information and Pam’s contact information can be found in the attachment.

    Pam Ross Presentation.pdf

  • 10 Jul 2016 5:25 PM | Andrea Swanson

    In June TODN had their summer social. We were joined by Liz Rykert from Meta Strategies. Liz applied our "Shifting Nature of Work and the Workplace" theme to Liberating Structures.

    Check out the slides here:

    LS and the Shifting Nature of Work and the Workplace.pptx

  • 16 Apr 2016 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    The CEO of OMERS Ventures, which is the venture arm of the pension manager of almost half a million government employees in Ontario, believes that in one generation from now, there will be no employees in the economy.  Everyone is going to be a subcontractor!  Imagine that! A principal fund manager of one of the largest fixed benefit employment pension plans (and for government employees to boot) predicting that employment is going to disappear as the dominant form of work within 30 years!

    A presentation on this idea and its implications attracted a great turnout of over 35 participants.  Our presenter, David Creelman, co-author of “Lead the Work: Navigating a world beyond Employment” shared the ideas and insights from his book that make this radical idea a possibility.  We did a deep dive into the freelance economy and the emerging technology talent platforms that are enabling this economy.  True to form, our OD community engaged passionately and with lively debate on the possibility, morality, and social implications of a world where employment as we know it, disappears due to the large scale uberization of work. We quickly consumed the two hours in this engagement and did not get to how leadership might work after the talent revolution in a Post-Employment Age in this new Talent Economy.  People will just have to read the book to explore these ideas.  The other learning that was acknowledged by the community came from David’s graceful facilitation in the presentation.

    Last words from David – “Stay in Touch” -

  • 13 Mar 2016 6:26 PM | Anonymous

    Our February event was well attended and Lou Pike presented interesting and compelling information regarding the opportunities, challenges and perceptions of cross-cultural engagement on teams and in organizations. We had lots to talk about, and as always, members shared various outlooks and experiences, both personal and professional, regarding the impact of cross-cultural differences. 

    Lou generously shared the attached slides as reference. 

    slides from Lou Pike.pdf

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