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I did The Organization Workshop for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last year. I didn't really expect to hear from them again this year because of all the budget cuts. But they called last week and said, "As you probably guess, we are in "budget hell" and all training has been cut EXCEPT The Organization Workshop because people said it was so valuable." Just wanted you to know you have created a recession proof course!
Over ten years ago I attended The Organization Workshop. I never forgot what I learned. When it came time in our organization’s culture change for managers to do a “paradigm shift,” I wanted everyone to hear Barry explain things from his unique point of view. Once our managers learned that they have a choice of how to behave and interact, walls came down, territories merged, and people liked their jobs a whole lot better. We never want to slip back to our old ways of doing things.
Thirty of our senior managers attended The Organization Workshop three months ago and they continue to talk about the insights they received. The most powerful message for them seemed to be how to manage the “muddle in the middle”. We’ve seen them become more collaborative and strategic in their alliances. I credit these results to their learning from the workshop.
I just wanted to let you know that The Organization Workshop facilitated by Phil Novick was outstanding. I was quite impressed with Phil’s intense preparation for the class and flawless facilitation during the actual training. I continue to receive quite positive comments from attendees. The Power + Systems theoretical approach and its no-nonsense application of it are right on target.
I know that after 10 years of utilizing The Organization Workshop that the language of this systems model is part of Microsoft’s common management and leadership language, and as such has helped strengthen the community of leaders at Microsoft.
The content of this training, as well as the execution of the simulation by Amber and Sophie, brought together staff from various levels of our organization. As I watched my staff open up to each other through conversation and dialogue on issues of hierarchy that rarely get discussed, I began to see a sense of teamwork and shared understanding develop among the group. The experience was personally engaging and undoubtedly left us with a greater sense of community, while giving us tools with which to address and work with issues surrounding hierarchy in our organization. I expect this training to have a lasting effect on our work!
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