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Organization Development  

What is Organization Development?

Organization Development is designed to improve organizational effectiveness while aligning with organization’s culture and values. It focuses on what is currently happening in the organization and defining the processes that can create positive change and maximize the employees’ potential and contribution. It is an intentional, collaborative effort to make the workplace better, that is, more humane, more productive, and more resilient.

Starting Fall Quarter 2019, UW Tacoma is offering a new series of organization development workshops.

Wendy Fraser

Getting Unstuck: Strategies to Repair Trust Within Your Organization NEW!

Trust permeates relationships. When there is trust within groups, information flows and issues can be resolved easier. These are core ingredients in fostering a healthy organizational culture. However, when groups experience low trust or a violation of trust, it can be very disruptive to team performance and it can last for years if left unresolved. So, how can teams work through it? This session will provide you with practical strategies and research-based tools for strengthening relationships and repairing trust that you apply at the team or organization level. Join Dr. Wendy Fraser as she does a deep dive into her research on building trust.

Chris Crosby

The Organization Development (OD) Practitioner's Toolkit NEW!

Organization Development (OD) is geared toward improving performance through strategic engagement of the people in your workplace. This course, taught by organization development practitioner, Chris Crosby, is an introduction to OD that helps leaders, and those tasked with creating change, improving processes or managing projects, align their organizations and effectively engage employees toward better outcomes. Participants will look at their situations through an OD lens and have an opportunity to begin strategically planning for success. And in Winter 2020, we will offer the full four day OD Practitioner's Toolkit. If you completed the fall class you can enroll in days 2, 3, and 4 at a discounted rate.

Richard Wilkinson

Designing & Leading Change

Change is easy, making it stick is hard. As the author and consultant William Bridges writes, “It isn’t the changes that do you in, it’s the transitions.” Transitions are the psychological process people go through as they “internalize and come to terms with the details of the new situation that the change brings about.” Designing change that matters and accelerating its integration into a new way of doing business is the centerpiece of this workshop. Richard Wilkinson, HR and OD professional, will help you understand the three phases of transition, the 4Ps of new beginnings, the three questions to ask of any change initiative, effective change communication strategies, and a variety of smart ways to design change with intentionality and care. Participants should be leading, participating in, or considering change initiatives or projects in their organization. You’ll learn to apply the principles of change management to your specific case.


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