OD Book CoP
Event Title: Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges by C. Otto Scharmer
From Egosystem to Ecosystem - the pathway for prescencing future possibilities today.
From the author: Illuminating the Blind Spot: “Why do our attempts to deal with the challenges of our time so often fail? Why are we stuck in so many quagmires today? The cause of our collective failure is that we are blind to the deeper dimension of leadership and transformational change. This ‘blind spot’ exists not only in our collective leadership but also in our everyday social interactions. We are blind to the source dimension from which effective leadership and social action come into being. We know a great deal about what leaders do and how they do it. But we know very little about the inner place, the source from which they operate. And it is this source that ‘Theory U’ attempts to explore. When leaders develop the capacity to come near to that source, they experience the future as if it were ‘wanting to be born’—an experience called ‘presencing.’ That experience often carries with it ideas for meeting challenges and for bringing into being an otherwise impossible future. Theory U shows how that capacity for presencing can be developed.”
During this book discussion we will explore how each one of us can expand our thinking and sense of self so that we can begin to presence that “future wanting to be born.”
Facilitator: David Grau, DMD, MA, DG Consulting, LLC
David Grau is a change management consultant and executive coach with over 17 years of experience in leadership and management coaching, organization and employee development and assessment, conflict resolution, and 360-degree assessments. David completed a 25-year career as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service. He was a hospital dental department director, a health information systems analyst, and the Director of Training and Senior Management Consultant for the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He received a dental degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and a Masters in Educational Technology (with an emphasis on performance development) from San Diego State University. He also completed the Georgetown Organization Development and Leadership Coaching certificate programs. He has worked with multiple Federal government organizations, non-profits including Greenpeace, USA and Yuma Regional Medical Center, and corporate clients including Marriott International, Dyno Nobel, Digital Gateway, and General Mills.
Insperity Tysons Corner Office
1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 600
McLean, VA 22102
Cancellation policy: Event follows federal Office of Personnel Management policy and decisions. If federal government is closed, event will be canceled.
**Please register in advance to ensure sufficient seating.