Author name: NTL Coaching Community of Practice

NTL Coaching Community of Practice?

A section hosted, in turn, by one of NTL’s Communities of Practice (COPs). The COP stewards pose a question which represents a real-world conundrum faced by practitioners, and three COP members respond. In this edition the Global COP stewards ask:
How do we create the space for participatory thinking?



Author name: Alan Klein

Past Master: Don Klein

Dad was the son of Reform Jews who helped start the Reform temple in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was born. His father was a chemist with Norton Abrasives, a privately owned company which avoided layoffs in the Great Depression by deliberately sharing the burden of wage cuts evenly across all employees, management and owners included. His mother was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in mathematics - unusual for a woman in 1912!



Author name: Jean E Neumann

Academics Corner: Social Stratification as a Clue for Diagnosing and Intervening in Social Systems

When we stratify we behave in ways that arrange social relations between and amongst us in layers. Like those big geological formations, we construct ourselves socially in strata: levels, grades, hierarchies and classes. We speak of ourselves and others as being located in the top, middle and bottom. We see degrees of centrality and marginality.



Author name: Sukari Pinnock-Fitts and Jim Henkelman-Bahn

Lifting Up Diversity and Inclusion in the Design of a Human Interaction Lab: Walking the Talk in the NTL Laboratory Learning Environment

While the last few decades have found many organization development practitioners working increasingly in corporate and/or government settings to improve overall productivity, the history of organization development is replete with stories of its technologies being used to improve broader social systems.



Author name: Rolf Lynton and David Kiel

Three Interventions for “Going to Scale” to Address Poverty in Rural India: Reflections on Social Change Practice

This is the second installment of a three part series of articles exploring the questions implied in the title of this Journal, Practising Social Change. In the previous article we set out our ideas about what constitutes social change and social change practice.



Author name: William E Trueheart

Achieving the Community College Dream

This article has been adapted from the text of the keynote address given by Bill Trueheart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Achieving the Dream, at the NTL member’s meeting on August 26th 2011, the theme of which was: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice: The Dream, The Research, The Practice



Author name: Judith H Katz and Frederick A Miller

Inclusion: The HOW for the Next
Organizational Breakthrough

Organizations are typically good at defining WHAT they need to accomplish: their goals, metrics, and objectives. Inclusion is not another “what”—not another program or initiative. Rather, it is HOW the organization can best achieve all of the WHATs. When people have a mindset of Joining one another and interact according to Inclusion as the HOW—that is, when they feel respected, valued, and seen for who they are, when there is supportive energy and commitment from leaders, colleagues, and others—they can do their best work, both individually and collectively. Viewed this way, inclusion is not a “nice thing to do”; it is an essential lever for achieving higher operational performance and accelerating bottom-line results. It is a way of life that underpins everything the organization does: how it develops strategy, sets goals, makes decisions, runs meetings, solves problems, and engages people, and how people interact.



Author name: Evangelina Holvino

Edgar ScheinTime, Space and Social Justice in the Age of Globalization:
Research and Applications on the Simultaneity of Differences

In this article I present highlights of my research on the simultaneity of social differences – what it is, how it came about and how am I applying it - and share learnings about research for diversity, inclusion and social justice (DISJ) derived from my practice. Research is a neglected area of NTL’s mission and I find it usually plays a very limited role in organizations. So, I hope my experience contributes to strengthening the role of research in the future of NTL and the organizations and communities it serves.



Author name: Edgar Schein and Interview with Henry Mintzberg

Academics Corner: A new method for Executive Development

Henry Mintzberg and Edgar Schein share their experiences of how real learning occurs, and reflect on why a new method for executive education, developed by Mintzberg with his stepson, Phil LeNir, is proving to be so effective. The first part of this contribution is an abridged extract of an interview between Mintzberg and Art Kleiner.  The second part is a short article by Schein in which he offers his reflections about how a group can become a learning unit which he gleaned from participating in a Human Relations workshop in Bethel, Maine in 1959.   



Author name: Rolf Lynton and David Kiel

Reflective Practice in Social Change: The Case of PRADAN, one of India’s most promising large anti-poverty NGOs

This article is intended to be the beginning of a conversation about how one species, at least, of social change practitioners works, thinks, and reflects.  This installment is the first of two, perhaps three essays on this topic.  We start with a robust example of what we mean by ‘social change’ and then propose a series of principles and definitions.  In our second installment (to be published in the next edition of this journal) we will return to the case to discuss three particular interventions, their results, and what the practitioners learned.  We will end our conversation with the broader implications for how social change practitioners can and should help institutions become learning organizations—but we argue that, first, we have to help ourselves to be better action-learners.



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