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About crosbyod

Crosby & Associates OD is a catalyst for high performance & morale. Our methods are a unique blend grounded in research and decades of experience. In the spirit of Kurt Lewin, the founder of OD, as we partner with you in the present we transfer our methods to you so you are independent in the future. Learn more at www.crosbyod.com

Lewin on Racism: The Methods Exist, The Will is Required

The tools exist to greatly decrease racism in the United States. The time has come to use them. Social Scientist Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) demonstrated that “incorrect stereotypes” (prejudices) are functionally equivalent to wrong concepts (theories),” and could be changed through … Continue reading

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Staying sane in relationships in these perilous times – 10 tips from Robert P Crosby

In communication one party has an intent which is translated into words and actions which impacts the other. Because of the ‘arc of distortion’ the person sending may not send it in a way that fulfills the intent or the … Continue reading

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The Adventus Initiative: From Lock-Down to LEARNING and from Re-Set to RENEWAL

From our friend and colleague John Scherer: When this lock-down started 8 weeks ago, an HR Director in Warsaw asked me if we had anything that might be helpful to their 4,000 employees who were sitting at home. That request … Continue reading

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Work culture as a restraining or a driving force in change management

A colleague posted about the importance of effective change management in concert with project management. He lives and works in an country with an authoritarian government. According to Kurt Lewin (1890 – 1947), broadly acknowledged as the founder of organization … Continue reading

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Feedback (Unsolicited) To Margaret Wheatley

I had the pleasure of hearing Margaret Wheatley speak at last week’s Organization Development Network 2019 annual conference. I’m a fan of physics and enjoyed Wheatley’s first book, which she mentioned came out 25 years ago. She referred to is … Continue reading

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From Conflict to Collaboration – A true T-group story

Be the change you wish to see in the world. —Mahatma Gandhi The T-Group based workshop has just begun. The 24 participants and the 3 faculty members have introduced themselves, and the CEO (who is himself participating) has briefly explained … Continue reading

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OD Soup a la Crosby

An OD student recently asked about favorite OD models on a social media site. Here, with a pinch of pepper,  is my reply: I appreciate Edwin Friedman for putting leadership into a systems perspective. It’s not a visual model. It’s … Continue reading

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The Unaccepted Self and Becoming Who You Are

The Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton wrote: “Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself—and, if I accept … Continue reading

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Crosby Style OD

I recently wrote this to colleagues in a professional OD group: Crosby Style OD develops individuals, groups, and organizations mostly through group processes that engage the people who are dealing with problems in generating and implementing their own solutions. Kurt … Continue reading

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Four Key Ingredients for Engagement and Results

The first post in Chris Crosby’s new blog! http://www.chrispcrosby.com/blog/four-key-ingredients-for-engagement-and-results  

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