OC March Chapter Learning Event ~ VIRTUAL: Peter Block - Why Many Change Efforts Fail

  • 03/23/2016
  • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual ~ Connection information provided after registration
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Special HYBRID Format for this Meeting

This is a special meeting that will be a hybrid of our regular chapter meeting event, with Peter Block presenting virtuallly to our on-site Learning Event attendees, as well as to a separate virtual audience.

This registration page is for the virtual event.

Please Note:
We still have seats available for the onsite session.

Click here to register for the onsite event at the Doubletree Club.

Why Many Change Efforts Fail

Regarding the changing of cultural beliefs, Peter Block believes a "culture of accountability" is needed with a commitment towards the creation of a deeper sense of community. As Peter explains, a community’s well-being relies on the quality of the relationships and the cohesion that exists among its citizens, known as a community's "social capital".

In this session, Peter Block will guide you in learning: 

  1. The distinction between cosmetic and authentic change.
  2. How contracting is at the core of transformation.

During the session, Peter will guide you with information, peer interaction, connecting with other participants, sharing ideas, and answering questions.

This session is designed to SHIFT YOUR THINKING…Come join us …

…and find out why anyone trying to have some influence over a group or organization but has no direct power to make changes or implement programs is a consultant, and why anything that is immediately applicable is "doing tomorrow what you did yesterday."

About the Presenter

Peter Block is an author, consultant and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.

Peter is the author of several best-selling books. The most widely known being Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (1st edition 1980, 3rd edition 2011); Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest (1993, 2nd edition 2013) and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work (1987).

Community: The Structure of Belonging (Berrett Koehler) came out in 2008. He has also authored. The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters. Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World, was co-authored with consultant and philosopher Peter Koestenbaum (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2001).

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, co-authored with John McKnight, was published by Berrett Koehler in spring 2010.

The books are about ways to create workplaces and communities that work for all. They offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture. His work is to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.

He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed by Peter to build the skills outlined in his books.

Peter serves on the Boards of Directors of Elementz, an urban arts center; and LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. He is on the Advisory Board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He is the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University. With other volunteers in Cincinnati, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to create a new community narrative and to bring his work on civic engagement into being.

Peter Block is the recipient of the Organization Development Network's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004 he received their first place Members' Choice Award in recognition of his book, Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (1999) as the most influential book for Organizational Development practitioners over the past 40 years. Among other national awards, he also received the American Society for Training and Development Award for Distinguished Contributions, the Association for Quality and Participation President's Award, and he was entered into Training Magazine's HRD Hall of Fame.  SCHEDULE:

11:50 Sign-on

12:00 to 1:00 PM  Presentation

This topic aligns with ATD competencies of:

Change Management

To find out more about the ASTD Competency Model for the Training and Development Profession, visit http://www.astd.org/Certification/Competency-Model.

Take your knowledge to a new level and get access to exclusive info about the Competency Model for ASTD National members by becoming a Power Member (member of the Orange County Chapter and National). Find out more here.

About Registration:

Earlybird registration ends at 5 p.m. on the Monday before the meeting.

For evening meetings: Pre-registration closes at noon on the day of the meeting, but walkins are welcome.

For lunch meetings: Pre-registration closes at noon on the day before the meeting, but walkins are welcome.

Cancellation/refund deadline is noon on the Monday before the meeting. No shows will be charged in full.

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