Next week I will speak at the 2012, STL-ODN Conference. The day’s theme: The Shifting Role of Organization Development in Business. The entire day’s agenda for St. Louis Organization Development Network [for those not familiar with the ODN acronym] is a topic near dear to my heart.
So, OD [another acronym for organization development] and its role in business. We do live in times where if a professional can not directly affect business results there is little opportunity at the business table.
The day’s events include impressive thinkers and topics:
Dr. Gary Mangiofico presents views on The Shifting Role of Organization Development in Business
Dr. Christian D. Boyd will present a session on Trust and Belonging: Practicing OD in Small, Non-Profit Organizations
Your humble blogger, Toby Elwin, will run a concurrent session on Social Media: Fight, Flight or Friend
I am honored for a spot in a lineup of a group of battle-tested professionals undaunted in our on-going struggle to help organizations and people develop excellence. I can not imagine a better group of people to be around, to think with, and to learn from.
Does organization development have a public relations issue? A branding issue? An academic ivory-tower-issue?
What a topic rife for dialogue amongst our navel-gazing brethren: ask 10 people what OD means half mention drug addiction, well those in and around OD do use the term intervention, the rest: unsure. So, who do we help?
Many thanks to The St. Louis Organization Development Network for reaching out and inviting me.