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    An Immersive Learning Circle with Peter Block and Bill Brendel

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    Get ready to step inside of a real-life case study with the one and only Peter Block! Join us for this unique opportunity to experience a case study recently published in the 4th edition of Peter’s book ‘Flawless Consulting’.

    Alongside Peter Block, Bill Brendel, and fellow ODA members, you’ll engage in an immersive learning simulation that allows you to walk in the shoes of an unlikely change agent—a physician who challenges an age-old social contract by empowering a new type of learning community which includes patients, family members, nurses, physicians, and hospital staff.  You’ll witness how inviting the untapped wisdom of those on the frontlines can lead to life-changing results: such as a reduction in the length of hospital stay and the prevention of costly mistakes.

    What are Immersive Learning Circles?

    Leaders, consultants, and change agents often face obstacles and dilemmas that challenge their existing worldviews. This calls for greater complexity in the way we frame situations, practice mindfulness, navigate ambiguity, and embody care. Given the pace of change faced by modern employees, our ability to make level-headed, value-based judgment calls - particularly when things just don't seem right - is key to effective leadership practice. Transforming ourselves into effective change agents who can adapt to complex situations is dependent upon our ability to stretch our thinking as we engage and learn from real-life challenges. Immersive Learning Circles (ILCs) are designed to create a safe, collaborative space to develop leadership skills that are difficult to accomplish through traditional instruction, including the ability to practice use-of-self, mindfulness, and real-time adaptation.

    ILCs are designed to flex a different “learning muscle” than we may be used to, improving our ability to reflect on our taken-for-granted assumptions, remain flexible in ambiguous situations, regulate emotion, gain comfort with making and learning from mistakes, and act with greater confidence. When it comes to ILCs, it's not the simulation that matters, it's the circle! In other words, it is the exchange of diverse perspectives between participants that adds the greatest value to ILCs.

    What Else Might You Learn?

    What each participant learns in any given Immersive Learning Circle varies depending on individual differences as well as the context in which the ILC is being used. However, in this ILC past participants have reported increasing their understanding of how to:

    1. Utilize the Positive Deviance approach to change and how it drives community-based problem-solving.

    2. Develop strategies for navigating ambiguity and fostering mindful decision-making.

    3.  Enhance communication skills to empower local-level actors in complex systems.

    4. Challenge limiting social contracts and promote the value of bottom-up knowledge.

    5. Adapt lessons from a healthcare scenario to real-life situations across industries.

    Book now and don't miss this exceptional opportunity to learn from two great thinkers, practitioners, and leaders!

    Our guests:

    Peter Block, author, partner, Designed Learning

    Peter Block, author, partner, Designed Learning

    Peter Block is an author and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed to build the skills outlined in his books. His books include Flawless Consulting, Stewardship, The Answer to How Is Yes, Community, The Abundant Community, and An Other Kingdom. Peter is a founder of the Common Good Collective and is part of the Cincinnati Common Good Alliance. He served on the board of directors of LivePerson, a provider of online engagement solutions. His work is in the restoration of the common good and creating a world that reclaims our humanity from the onslaught of modernism.

    Dr Bill Brendel

    Dr. Bill Brendel, Founder & Executive Director, OpenSourceOD

    Bill Brendel is the creator of OpenSourceOD a community of practitioners dedicated to democratizing Organization Development (OD) knowledge, skills, and innovations, for all who are eager to drive positive change. Holding a doctorate from Columbia University, his work was recognized in 2021 with the OD Network's Lisa Kimball Award for Evolving the Field of OD, and in 2023 with Article of the Year Award for research that led to the development of the M.O.S.T. Meaningful Career Assessment. With a rich background of over 20 years in global consulting, Bill also coaches individuals transitioning into OD careers and teaches future consultants at Penn State.

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