When OD Interventions Fail, SEAM Is the Answer
August 8-12, 2016
Organizational leaders are supposed to make decisions based on data. However, forty years of research by socio-economic scholars has shown that the most commonly used data is incomplete or flawed. The major problem is that traditional accounting fails to account (pun intended) for approximately 40% of what actually takes place within organizations. This lack of information affects an organization’s performance, turning many of its core functions into what might be more appropriately called dys-functions. Dysfunctions create hidden costs that have been found to average more than $20,000 per person per year. The combination of flawed accounting practices, organizational dysfunctions, and hidden costs make even the most capable leaders less than effective.
This seminar week introduces the Socio-Economic Approach to Management (SEAM), a different mental model for managing modern businesses. Although not well known in the United States, its theory and practice have been very successful in Europe, bolstered by over 40 years of research and a database containing case studies from over than 1300 interventions.
The seminar will be of interest to leaders and managers who wish to improve their organizations’ effectiveness and reduce hidden costs. This seminar also will be useful to organization development practitioners and coaches who work with leaders in facilitating the change process. Specifically, participants will gain new insights into why change management often fails and how to make their interventions more effective.
Each day of the seminar will be filled with discussions, interactive exercises, and new revelations about socio-economic theory and practice. The lessons will be cumulative, and by the end of the week participants will:
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