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A Collection of Stories from Penn's Organizational Dynamics Program

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Exploring Your Surroundings

Imagine a large, multi-year project that your work group has just begun pursuing.  This effort has large implications on the organization and its future going forward, while representing a paradigm shift in the way you and your team conducts business. … Continue Reading →

30 Years in the Organizational Dynamics Community

I have been part of Organizational Dynamics since I arrived at Penn in 1986, working with Russ Ackoff at Wharton.  Nancy Bauer recruited me as an instructor as soon as I arrived at Penn. For 30 years I have seen… Continue Reading →

Transformational

My journey in the MSOD program began in 2004, exactly 20 years after earning my Bachelor’s degree. I was introduced to the program by a colleague who had already graduated. After leading a very successful radical change in my product… Continue Reading →

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 →

A Booster Shot

It was definitely not a dark and stormy night.  Rather, it was a bright and sunny summer morning that found me in my tomato garden when the phone rang. “Professor Eldred, this is_______________(a very accomplished sales executive at a high… Continue Reading →

Language in Leadership

I’ve recently submitted my official Application for Graduation from the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics, effective December 2017. No question, I’ve discovered and defined a lot. Greatest of all things I picked up in the program, I’ve learned to… Continue Reading →

Not Your Typical Organizational Dynamics Student

I was never a prototypical OD student.  Starting out in the late 1980’s as a twenty-something who had just completed his MBA, I was among the youngest members of the OD program.  I valued the skills that my MBA degree… Continue Reading →

Was Lost Until I Found OD (Was blind but now I see.)

We recognize that Mick said ‘You can’t always get what you want.’ But how do you try? My experience with OD (Organizational Dynamics) provided both a comprehensive tool set and a platform to learn and grow for the future. While… Continue Reading →

A Cook’s Tour of My Organizational Dynamics Experience

My tour ends this spring with graduation. Looking back six years to when I started, I could never have predicted the growth, academically, professionally and personally, and I’ve never been as proud of any other 6 years. My tour began… Continue Reading →

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