Engagement is the New Change Management

  • 01 Feb 2011
  • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave, St.Paul, MN 55105-1747


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Presenters: Dick and Emily Axelrod


In this monthly program, you will get an introduction and learn what's different about this model.  The full-day session offered on February 2 will dig deeper into the concepts and focus on applying them.

Program Overview

In major corporations around the world, the process by which change happens is virtually the same whether you are developing a strategic plan, improving a process, or redesigning an organization. First, leaders meet with consultants to develop the plan. Once the plan is developed, they attempt to create “buy-in” by selling the plan to the organization. These practices produce engagement gaps, which according to neuroscience, work against innovation and creativity.

In 2009, Dick and Emily Axelrod set out to uncover change secrets. They conducted dozens of interviews - everyone from the vice president of global citizenship at Cirque du Soleil to a checkout clerk at Best Buy. Dick Axelrod’s book, Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations, contains the results. In this session, Dick and Emily will share what they have learned: how everyday interactions and leadership practices build the foundation for change, and why engagement is core to what they call The New Change Management. Please join us for an interesting, informative, and lively conversation.

Dick and Emily Axelrod founded the Axelrod Group, Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large scale organizational change. They now bring a combined sixty years of consulting and teaching experience to this work, with clients including Boeing, Chicago Public Schools, Calgary Health Authority, Coca Cola, Harley Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, and the UK’s National Health Service.

Dick and Emily are faculty in University of Chicago’s Leadership Arts Program, and Dick is faculty in Columbia University’s Principals and Practices in Organization Development. Emily serves on the board of the Organizational Design Forum. Dick and Emily are founding members of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative. Along with Julie Beedon and Robert Jacobs, they co authored You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done, which the New York Times called, “the best of the current crop of books on this subject.”

Dick is the author of the award-winning Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations. He is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

No RSVP is needed for monthly meetings. Preregistration helps to us to predict attendance and order food. It also speeds up registration on the day of the event.

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