OD eBook Club – What We’re Reading Next

The Organization Development Network-Greater Denver Region’s (ODN-GDR) eBook Club is an exclusively digital book club for OD enthusiasts. We’ll read top-rated industry books and meet for a lively discussion over Zoom about every six weeks. This eBook club will enable you to share and increase your knowledge about creative OD concepts and build connections with other professionals.

Thanks, hrQ, for sponsoring the Zoom call!

The book club was a wonderful break from the routine of work to have excellent conversations about ideas!”

2020 Participant

What We’re Reading Next

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Friday, July 30 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Our meeting on Caste will be a pragmatic and open discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.

“In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.”

Read more about the book, plus reviews, on GoodReads.

RSVP now to receive the Zoom meeting details.

More About Caste

6 minute video interview from PBS NewsHour.
7 minute video interview with author Isabel Wilkerson from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Where to Find the Book

What We’ve Already Read Together

Humble Consulting by Edgar J. Schein

Organizations face challenges today that are too messy and complicated for consultants to simply play doctor: run a few tests, offer a neat diagnosis of the “problem,” and recommend a solution. Edgar Schein argues that consultants have to jettison the old idea of professional distance and work with their clients in a more personal way, emphasizing authentic openness, curiosity, and humility. Schein draws deeply on his own decades of experience, offering over two dozen case studies that illuminate each stage of this humble consulting process. Just as he did with Process Consultation nearly fifty years ago, Schein has once again revolutionized the field, enabling consultants to be more genuinely helpful and vastly more effective. Learn more on GoodReads.

Humble Consulting

Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D.

“Grounded in the revolutionary “positive psychology” movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected…and, yes, HAPPIER.”

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter by Marvin R. Weisbord and Sandra Janoff

“This practical guide details ten key principles that will profoundly change the way you think about, organize, and lead the meetings that matter most…With examples and case studies from around the world, and practical tips and exercises in every chapter, Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! gives you many new techniques for helping people discover common ground, make productive use of dissension, and take responsibility for action.”

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Patterson, Granny, McMillan, and Switzler

Crucial Conversations gives you the tools you need to step up to life’s most difficult and important conversations, say what’s on your mind, and achieve the positive resolutions you want. You’ll learn how to:

  • Prepare for high-impact situations with a six-minute mastery technique
  • Make it safe to talk about almost anything
  • Be persuasive, not abrasive
  • Keep listening when others blow up or clam up
  • Turn crucial conversations into the action and results you want

“Adaptive Action: Leveraging Uncertainty in Your Organization” by Glenda Eoyang & Royce Holladay

“Rooted in the study of chaos and complexity, Adaptive Action introduces a simple, common sense process that will guide you and your organization into reflective action. This elegant method prompts readers to engage with three deceptively simple questions: What? So what? Now what? The first leads to careful observation. The second invites you to thoughtfully consider options and implications. The third ignites effective action. The road-tested steps of adaptive action can be used to devise solutions and improve performance across multiple challenges, and they have proven to be scalable from individuals to work groups, from organizations to communities.” Preview the book on GoodReads.

Adaptive Action

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