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A Collection of Stories from Penn's Organizational Dynamics Program

Blame it on Bill (Wilkinsky)

I never saw my career going in this direction.  I wanted to work at Penn in order to gain experience planning events before starting my own business.  While acquiring that experience I decided to develop my leadership capabilities by enrolling… Continue Reading →

Calling Things by Their Proper Names

Many years ago, I went to Rome for a short personal trip. Being a student of history, I was fascinated by seeing so much history around me. During my entire stay in Rome, I tried to walk around as much… Continue Reading →

How Organizational Dynamics Changed My Life

I met a former colleague for lunch in 1990 and during the discussion she suggested that I look into the Organizational Dynamics Program at Penn. Many of the courses offered fit my exact interests so I applied. Five years later… Continue Reading →

My Organizational Dynamics Journey

Life Happens

I began the OD program in 2001, after completing three classes, my oldest son, Josh was diagnosed with a rare disease. At that time, understandably, our focus was on caring for Josh and subsequently raising our son, Noah and daughter Katie. I… Continue Reading →

Dynamics of Dynamics

Marking the 40th anniversary of Dynamics by exchanging stories in which each of our adult lives intersects with the ever-changing bigger economic and cultural systems. My story is emblematic of what it means to teach in Dynamics –  the mission… Continue Reading →

The Beauty of Teaching in Penn’s MSOD Program

The beauty of teaching Organizational Dynamics is that students ask powerful, challenging questions. On the last day of class a student asked privately: “I am tired of waiting for my organization’s leaders to lead; how I can lead from the middle?”

My Experience at OD

Coming from the last corner in the world, over the huge mountains of the Andes and the cold water of the Pacific, the experience at Organizational Dynamics was a vital challenge for me, my family, my life and my career…. Continue Reading →

A Journey of Valuable Learning

I’ve learned over the years that people change.  When I left college, I was done with school. I had had enough!  Sixteen straight years of school was enough.  I had to get on with my life, stop learning and get… Continue Reading →

Swimming Abroad

It was the first day of my Perspectives on Organizational Dynamics class, and I was a little nervous since this was my first graduate course in the U.S. I can compare my feelings that day to the feelings I had… Continue Reading →

On the Shoulders of Giants

Foundation for Personal and Professional Life

Organizational Dynamics has provided an essential foundation for my personal and professional life. While nearly every course was an amazing experience, two standout above all: Business Growth Strategies, taught by Eric van Merkensteijn, and Organizational Experience: Self, Roles and Expectations,… Continue Reading →

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