The Linkage Organizational Development Summit –Martin Delahoussaye  HRDQ CEO Brad Glaser and I traveled to chilly Chicago a little over a week ago to attend the 13th annual Linkage Organizational Development Summit. It was an action-packed three days, with four keynote speakers, several lifetime achievement awards, and more than 30 concurrent sessions.  The theme of this year’s conference was “Better People, Better Teams, and Better Organizations.” Keynote presenters David Ulrich, Michele Norris, Walter Bond, and Cathy Greenberg drove home this message with discussions about creating sustainable, successful organizations for the future.   Edgar Schein, the author of Career Anchors, received a, Read More

If you’re a training professional in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the 2011 Cowtown Quality Roundup is the place to be on April 1st! Sponsored by ASQ Greater Fort Worth, this year’s conference will feature learning tracks on auditing, quality assurance, process improvement, and more. Plus, leadership expert Gary Turner will present two sessions you shouldn’t miss: Project Leadership—Nerds Need Not Apply Project leadership isn’t just about logistics. It’s also about people skills. In this session, Gary will present the Project Leadership Assessment, an innovative learning instrument that helps project leaders develop the skills critical to successful performance. You’ll start by, Read More

While some groups accomplish amazing results, most others are unable to achieve extraordinary performance. Why are some more successful than others? And exactly what is it that separates the best from the rest? After four years of collaborative field research, authors Geoff Bellman and Kathleen Ryan may have the answer. In their book Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Extraordinary Results (Jossey-Bass), they reveal how to achieve outstanding results while transforming group members both individually and collectively. So what makes a group or team extraordinary?  Bellman and Ryan interviewed more than 60 groups. Their research shows that people bring needs with them, Read More

Bernie DeKoven leads the activity Identity Exchange Bernie DeKoven was this morning’s keynote speaker, and we were particularly excited to hear his presentation. An award-winning game designer, Bernie is also the co-author of one of our most popular training products, Junkyard Games: The Outrageously Fun Innovation Simulation. In true DeKoven style, he kicked off his presentation with a fun activity called Identity Exchange. The idea is that you tell someone about yourself, and then that person uses your identity to introduce themselves to others. What was so fun about it? Finding out just how long it takes before you meet up, Read More

It seems like just yesterday we were at the NASAGA Conference in Washington, DC. But here we are at the 2010 Conference, this year in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. And wow, what an impressive line-up of speakers and sessions there is for us to experience. Here are just a few highlights from day one: Our morning began with Fred Goodman’s keynote address. A highly regarded designer of simulations and academic games for close to five decades, Fred spoke about using games as an effective way to get people to “change their minds” rather than just “preserving their beliefs.” In his, Read More

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