Thank You Jason Mlller
May 1st I transitioned from President Elect of CCODN to President. Jason Miller has transitioned to the role of Past President. I want to thank Jason for his leadership over the past two years as President and for mentoring me the past 6 months.
Why OD? Why CCODN? Why Now?
I have been in business for 25 years. The first 15 years of of my career I held a number of senior roles in Operations, Supply Chain Management and Product Marketing. The last 10 years I have worked as a Strategy and Operational Excellence Executive, transforming organizations and creating a culture of continuous Improvement. Over those 25 years there have been two constants:
1. Change - Change is constant. How people react and respond to change will determine how successful we are in our personal lives, professional lives and how successful our communities will be.
2. People - People make the difference. Successful families, organizations and communities depend on engaged people. If people are not involved in the change that impacts them, it is unlikely that any change initiative will succeed.
The field of Organization Development provides the tools and the theories that when applied can help organizations effectively manage change and engage people.
I have been involved with CCOD for 2 years. Over the past few months I have spoken to many of the members on why they attend CCODN programs. Some members come for professional development, others for the opportunity to network. CCODN will continue to provide its members networking opportunities, and quality education programs.
I believe CCODN can be much, more. I believe that CCODN can be a catalyst for effective change in our personal, professional lives and our communities.
CCODN and for that matter the field of Organization Development are at a crossroads. The May program was used to introduce Appreciative Inquiry to our members. The board also wanted to use the program to solicit feedback on how we can drive membership engagement and serve our members better. We received a lot of productive input. At my table a participant suggested that we dissolve CCODN. To this I can emphatically say "not on my watch"! I ask anyone who cares about CCODN and the work we do as OD professionals join me in revitalizing our organization.
What Can You Expect?
Last night I attended the BGSU MOD Alumni reception in Perrysburg Ohio. Dr. James Mcfillen is retiring as the Director of The Masters of Organization Development Program. Deborah O' Neal has been appointed the new Director. Starting in July BGSU is going to be more active in Central Ohio and with CCODN. In addition to a closer relationship with BGSU, my priorities as president in the next 6 months are:
1. Developing a 6 to 12 month program schedule that allows the board to be more strategic
2. Improving the engagement of the current members
3. Increasing the participation of OD executives in CCODN
4. Increasing the visibility of CCODN and its members in Central Ohio
Please join me in revitalizing CCODN and making a positive impact in Central Ohio.