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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?”

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 →

Exciting New Learning Experiences Create the Confidence to Attempt New Opportunities

I had a rewarding and exciting career in sales and marketing in the information technology sector, primarily with the IBM Corporation. While working I earned a MA from Villanova University and an MBA from Penn State University, and I enjoyed… Continue Reading →

Dynamics Duo – Adam and Tiffany and Penn’s Organizational Dynamics Program

Where Else?

Where else but in one of Janet’s classes can you use pen and paper (or Microsoft Word and a laptop) to transport yourself to a bar where you’re sitting and  chatting with the god Zeus, the Titan Prometheus, the Ancient… Continue Reading →

Finding Passion: How an OD Course Surprised Me

I was halfway through the Organizational Dynamics program, and I was at a loss for what was next in my career. I was in a real rut. My path up to that point had been atypical, and it was tricky… Continue Reading →

New Stories, New Self

Organizational Dynamics gave me a framework for being a consultant, but it also provided me with a deeper understanding of how we – people and organizations – are all “the stories we tell.” Through Janet Greco’s “Stories in Organizations” class, I… Continue Reading →

A New Perspective

A few years ago I was looking for a graduate program to enhance my management skills in order to complement my job competencies in my current role as a financial decision-maker.  I was attempting to become an agent of change… Continue Reading →

No Bike, No Helmet, No Organizational Dynamics

It was a cool October morning when I biked from my home in Fairmount to Center City to attend a Human Resources group event.  Upon arrival at the Wanamaker Building, I locked my bicycle up just outside when I noticed… Continue Reading →

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