Posted 10.12.15

This year’s Organization Development Network Conference, held in Portland, Oregon October 17-20, will feature presentations by several graduates of the MPOD and PhD in Organizational Behavior programs at Weatherhead:

 “AGILE OD: Driving Organizational Change by prioritizing passions and... pain?”

Oct. 17, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Have you ever witnessed a change effort derailed by competing priorities? Have you ever felt like leadership, or disparate business units all speak a different language? This type of misalignment is common in many organizations, but recognizing each group’s passions and pain points can help re-align priorities and produce outstanding results.

Agile Organization Development (Agile OD) is a framework and mindset based in the ability to quickly adapt to change, and to deliver value through increased productivity. Though Agile was originally created for software development, many elements of this methodology help the OD practitioner or leader design change efforts based in value delivery, by addressing pain points from a business perspective, while at the same time influencing a positive, collaborative, and passionate work culture.

This interactive presentation will offer practitioners and leaders a framework to improve buy-in, and align OD efforts with an organization’s strategic objectives.

Co-presented by Cleveland-based software development and agile consulting firm, LeanDog, and the MOD/MPOD Alumni Association.


Mike Jebber: With over 25 years of experience, both in the trenches and in senior management in organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Mike has experience with executive training, strategic planning, software development, project management, product development, sales, and other areas, in both software and non-software environments.  Mike is currently an Agile Coach and Management Consultant Lead with LeanDog, Inc. and is working with companies on improving performance, assisting with organizational transformations, and provides training and coaching using Agile, Lean, Systems Thinking and Organizational Development techniques and mindsets.  Mike has also applied agile management and process improvement techniques within the insurance, manufacturing, retail, service and financial communities.

Abigail Maliza, MPOD '15: Abigail is the Co-Director of Continuing Education for the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management MOD/MPOD Alumni Association, as well as a recent MPOD graduate. She has nearly a decade of experience developing solutions for corporations large and small and successfully positioning businesses, people, and departments for growth. Abigail specializes in organization transformation and strategic change, and has extensive experience in cross-cultural communication and globalization. 


“Changing the World One Person at a Time: Developing Leaders through Executive Coaching”

Oct. 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

With Deborah O’Neil (PhD in Organizational Behavior '03) and Margaret Hopkins (PhD in Organizational Behavior '04, MSOD '93).

Leadership development (LD) is a critical component of OD. LD prepares our current and future leaders to address complex challenges in our organizations and society.  Executive coaching is one highly effective way to assist individuals in developing their leadership vision, knowledge, skills, abilities, self- and other-awareness so that they may positively impact the world. In this highly interactive session participants will apply a practical framework for leadership development through guided, real-play executive coaching sessions.  These sessions will inspire participants to tap into their aspirations and motivations and begin to identify their ideal leader selves.  Participants will learn how to apply the framework to develop leaders capable of contributing in all types and at all levels of organizations throughout the world.


Learn more about how you can effect positive change in your sphere of influence. Consider Weatherhead's Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change (MPOD) program


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