Nothing on the calendar, but . . . 


If you would like to present your organization design related conundrum, please reach out to info@organizationdesignforum.org

Using Zoom, a virtual platform, ODF will facilitate 75-minute sessions offering the opportunity for any community member to present a challenge and receive input from fellow designers encouraging knowledge exchanges that support the theory and practice of organization design.

Each session will use the Ace-It Guide (Analyze, Create, Explore) process, which stimulates conversation within guidelines and time frames.

What this process is good for…

  • To “explore” a challenging and perplexing situation
  • To give you a “fresh perspective” and some innovative ideas
  • To help you expand what you are aware of “inside and outside” (i.e. remind you of what you already have in your toolbox)
  • To tap into the support that is available to you in a quick, easy, and creative way

The sessions will offer ~5 “consultants” (comprised of ODF community members) and the person presenting their challenge. The beauty of Zoom is that, beyond the participative group, there is no limit to the number of observers to the session. And, we’ll record each session and make it available for future viewing.



Executive Sponsorship’s Role in Transformation

Held on 04.04.18

Executive Sponsorship's Role in Transformation

Executive Sponsorship's Role in Transformation

Held 04.04.18


The need for active and visible executive sponsorship for our transformation projects is an obvious need and an un-debatable success factor. How do we navigate this relationship successfully and completely with the factors that inevitably compete with sponsors’ time, energy, and resources? Join us in helping a colleague think through some fundamental questions and assumptions about executive sponsorship and its “true role” in transformation.

Peer to Peer Consulting (04/04/18)

ODF P2P – Executive Sponsorship (4.4.18) (chat box content)

Org Design in a High Growth Environment with a Lean Team?

Held on 02.02.18

The Situation:  A 350-employee HR, payroll, and benefits company serving the 200-1000 market has been challenged to build an organizational review and design process that is:
– Holistic
– Educational
– Data driven
– Light touch
The real challenge lies in the “light touch” element. The process needs to not only be light touch, but also align with the company’s current life cycle stage, recent high growth, and the reality of available time. The host consultant for this peer-to-peer session is part of the People Operations team who has been tasked with the development of this review and design process.

The Question:  How do we do “light touch” workforce planning and organization design in a high growth environment with a lean team?

Peer to Peer Consulting (02/02/18)

Collective Accountability in Complex Systems?

Collective Accountability in Complex Systems?

Held 12.6.17

Following up on a blog by ODF Advisory Board member, Naomi Stanford, this session discussed how work process flows almost always cross organizational boundaries, either internal boundaries or between organization boundaries.  This can create difficulties, bottlenecks, and failure points at the intersects and hand-overs.   Assigning a single person accountability for the process flow does not allow for the fact that the accountable person may not have control over the people along the flow.  These people may be working on other flows, have different priorities, and different performance measures.  Along the flow, people may have the power to slow or stop the flow.

Imagine a design that assumed a collective accountability to maintain process flow.  How could this be designed?

Peer to Peer Consulting (12/06/17)

. . . but their behaviors and norms are to the contrary . . .

. . . but their behaviors and norms are to the contrary . . .

Held on 3.8.17

Designing an effective engagement of hierarchical leaders/managers who are asking for greater participation/collaboration, but their behaviors and norms are to the contrary.

The situation: A large national client is feeling pressures from the public and competitors to respond more quickly and with greater effectiveness. Based on a 3 month analysis of changes in their industry, leadership and management have acknowledged the need for greater engagement, and completed a 6 month training program for frontline employees on teamwork, collaboration, and participation. However, with continued decline in key performance metrics, they have admitted that it has not had much impact.

The question: My role is to assist this client group in first recognizing/accepting that their current culture is built around habits and long-standing norms that reinforce directive behavior, policy, and processes; regardless of their use of participative rhetoric and employee training. I have been asked to intervene minimally (no big programs, which is code for not disrupting the ongoing work). My task and my question is how to design a high impact and minimally invasive intervention that can begin to build capabilities supportive of more collaborative practices. 

Peer to Peer Consulting (03/08/17)

. . .that often neglected conversation . . .

. . .that often neglected conversation . . .

Held on 1.11.17

Designing that often neglected conversation about developing team operating agreements for a productive and healthy work environment…even at the C-suite level

The situation:  A geographically diverse and completely virtual leadership team who has not taken the time or has an overall common interest in developing agreements around how they agree to work together (operating agreements), where the stresses of time pressure and challenging human dynamics are beginning to hinder productivity and smooth trajectory towards common goals.

The question:  How might I design the conversation(s) which leads to an increased awareness of the long term value of team operating agreements and ultimately to developing the unique set of agreements that will help bring about high productivity and mutual accountability towards achieving our shared business targets?

Peer to Peer Consulting (01/11/17)


Pilot - P2P Consulting ACE-It! Session

Hear how our first "presenter's" experience went . . .

What ACE-It! Made Possible

This is an effective process for organization designers looking to solve a “design conundrum. ”  It is clear, easy, efficient and inclusive!  It needs to be carefully facilitated in order to raise helpful questions and perspectives for the “presenter.” The process is straightforward and easy to learn. Great forum for design!

Fun, relaxed and engaging way to help another org designer while spending time in a creative and stimulating discussion.

What the “consultants” from our first sessions had to say . . .

” I felt that the process was really liberating, enabling me to just focus right in on the ideas and be in dialogue with other experienced practitioners, where otherwise I’d be limited to building the relationship with the client, and only sharing ideas between me and the client. I think this made it more valuable for the ‘client’ in this case, too, by having a group of experienced practitioners working together in very condensed time frame.”

I found the process to be extremely engaging. The methodology enabled us to quickly identify the areas where we needed to dig deeper with the client as well as enabling multiple experienced practitioners to offer their insights in a collaborative manner.

The value of real experience Peer-to-Peer consulting offers immediate benefits to everyone involved in the process. Creativity manifests itself through collaborative inquiry where the sharing and the learning extends to all.

ACE-It! Orientation Video

To help prepare for participating in a session, you’ll find the following helpful:

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