Topic: Applying the work of Peter Block: Six Conversations
Facilitator: Gay Lynch
Gay Lynch is an OD consultant and coach with Thought Partners, Inc., a Performance Consulting firm headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. Today, Gay’s work focuses heavily on issues relating to organizational resiliency and change, strategy execution, and the development of learning cultures. Drawing upon a rich background in (1) performance engineering, (2) positive psychology, and (3) linguistics, Gay uses an array of collaborative thought-partnership techniques to help her clients respond effectively and creatively to these challenges. In today’s program, she will share a technique she learned from Peter Block (ODN lifetime achievement honoree and long-time consulting guru) that falls squarely at the intersection of these three influences.
As a “scholarly practitioner”, Gay is on the faculty of Wilmington University, teaching graduate courses in leadership, organizational theory and design, and change management. She is also on the professional and continuing studies coaching staff of the University of Delaware.
The recent work of Peter Block, and his model of Six Conversations that drive accountability and commitment, offers OD practitioners a set of tools to help their clients tap into the innate values, wisdom, and sense of accountability of their employees - facilitating problem-solving, “path forward” thinking, and collaboration. In this workshop, the presenter will share her experiences learning from the master (Peter Block) and implementing the techniques/concepts of “Six Conversations”, and demonstrate how relatedness and community can come about when we ask powerful questions. Participants will learn to differentiate between the 6 types of conversations – Invitation, Possibility, Ownership, Dissent, Commitment and Gifts – and ‘try on’ the approach through application to their own work.
- 6:00 - 6:30 | Networking
- 6:30 - 8:00 | Program
Johns Hopkins University -- Columbia Center
6740 Alexander Bell Drive
Columbia, MD 21046