As OD professionals, we know that change processes are more likely to succeed when there is a support system in place. Yet, how often do we look at the support systems in our own life?
This interactive session will explore the role of support systems in contributing to successful change efforts. Through a mix of small and large group discussion, participants will learn what an effective support system is, why it’s important to the practice of OD, what stops us (and our clients) from reaching out for help, and a process for putting them in place at the individual and organizational levels. The complexities of developing support systems will be viewed through the lens of social change, which exemplifies the kinds of challenges faced in other types of change work, such as an entrenched problem, resistance to change, and potential for widespread impact.
As change leaders, where success is often measured in terms of the sustainability of interventions, it’s important to begin with the end in mind when it comes to designing and executing change processes in collaboration with the people who are directly impacted by them. Beyond mobilizing the human and other resources needed to accomplish the change effort, we also need to find ways to take care of ourselves.
Come prepared to share your views on work-life balance, the challenge of asking for help when others rely on us to provide support, and good practices.
Bios: Kimberley Jutze is a socially responsible entrepreneur and Chief Change Architect at Shifting Patterns Consulting where she facilitates social change by working alongside start-up and early stage growth social enterprises to help them mobilize resources and strengthen the organization behind the social change mission. Drawing upon her expertise in resource mobilization and organization development, she has consulted with social enterprises in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States to access funding, strengthen their people and process capabilities, and expand the impact of their work. Kimberley has a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and a Master of Arts in International Politics from American University.
Sarah Brooks is passionate about bringing possibilities and purpose into people’s lives. As a life and professional coach, Sarah works with Social Entrepreneurs to accelerate their impact, without compromising their personal lives. Sarah’s zeal for her work, calm and peaceful nature, connection, humor, and generosity make her an exceptional coach to work with. She has successfully worked with individuals to start businesses, change sectors, lose weight, and accelerate their careers. Sarah is a graduate and mentor coach with Accomplishment Coaching, a graduate of Brown University, a two-time NCAA champion in rowing, a Watson Associate, and StartingBloc Fellow.
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