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Session M - Pre-Conference Session
The Organization Workshop
Presented by Beth Thompson


Description: The Organization Workshop is an interactive organization simulation. During the organization exercise, participants learn what partnership is, and why, despite the best intentions, we continue to fall out of it. This workshop is based on the work of Barry Oshry, who has delivered presentations and workshops to organizations and institutions around the world on partnership, total system empowerment, and building community in the face of differences. Participants will work on application and action strategies for implementation.

Target Audience: Members of management, individual contributors, suppliers, customers, and all employees who want to better see and understand the social systems that make up their daily lives. We, like fish, are unaware of the medium in which we swim.

Organizational Issues: Working together effectively (partnering) is a critical ingredient in organization success. Our ability to create and sustain strong partnerships affects the success of our organization, our projects, and our personal lives.

At the completion of the seminar, the participants should have the ability to better recognize that in life systems, we all seem to constantly shift in the patterns of relationship with one another. Participants should be better able to recognize unproductive and destructive patterns of relationship and be able to coach one another and take a stand for partnership.

Materials Needed: Shoes

Date: Friday, April 20th

Length: 6 hours (9:00am-12:00pm and 1:15-4:15pm)

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park

Cost: None

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum

Resources and Acknowledgement: Here are links to learn more about Barry Oshry, the creator of The Organization Workshop;
Find his books on Amazon.com
Listen to a 1-hour interview with him from August 2008
Visit his website

Beth Thompson

Biography: Since 2006, Beth has worked in Human Resources at the Boeing Company in Puget Sound, supporting Commercial Airplane employees in business units from Renton to Everett, Washington.  She presently works as a Learning, Training and Development Business Partner supporting Manufacturing and Quality learning solutions. During the more than twenty years Beth has worked at Boeing, she’s been strongly focused on supporting individuals and teams in improving their working together relationships. The majority of her career was spent at Boeing’s Rocketdyne facility in Canoga Park, California, where her assignments included designing organizational development interventions and workshops, mediating conflict, coaching leaders, and change management. Beth’s passion has long been about facilitating Barry Oshry’s Organizational and Merging Cultures Workshops in order to enable all people, whatever they bring, to contribute fully to the overall goals of the company. Beth and her husband Paul live on beautiful Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.

Contact: Beth can be reached by e-mail at beththompson@whidbey.com for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/beth-thompson/15/167/894

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