Prepare for the New Year – Your 2019 Vision Board

Author:  Laiza N. Otero, MSOD, Organization Development Consultant

What’s a vision board? In a nutshell, a vision board is a visual representation of one’s desired future with the goal of “if I can see it I can achieve it.”  One of the many things I love about vision boards is how they beautifully intersect with the philosophy of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). Following are some AI and vision board basics to help you celebrate 2018 and welcome 2019.  Happy New Year!
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Change Platforms: Less Burning, More Inspiration

Author:  Laiza N. Otero, MSOD, Organization Development Consultant

During change initiatives, it is not uncommon to hear questions about the urgency of the effort, the business case/need for it, or what the “burning platform” is that drives the change.  But what if we reframed the conversation to one of inspiration and energy? That is one (out of many) ideas  David Cooperrider challenges one to think about during the course “The New Change Equation” at Case Western Reserve University.

Cooperrider’s question led me to reflect about the different organization development (OD) models and tools I use with my clients. Were they in alignment with the appreciative, strengths-based approach I prefer to use in my work? Were they inspirational? If no, how could I reframe them? Continue reading

Teams Need a Vision to Guide Action

Author:  Laiza N. Otero, MSOD, Organization Development Consultant

Lately I’ve been thinking about how the clarity of the vision and the sense of team within an organization interact with each other. To help me sort and structure my thoughts I created the matrix below.  It is based on my personal and professional experiences within organizations, and not any formal research.  However, it is undoubtedly influenced by many great thinkers in organization development studies.  In particular, the work of John Kotter, William Bridges, and Patrick Lencioni. Continue reading

How Melodic Are Your Vision and Mission Statements?

Author:  Laiza N. Otero, MSOD, Organization Development Consultant

What does melody have to do with vision and mission statements? For me, quite a bit.

Merriam-Webster defines melody as 1) “a sweet or agreeable succession or arrangement of sounds” and 2) “a rhythmic succession of single tones organized as an aesthetic whole; a hummable melody.”  When I write – whether it be articles, essays, poems, or even client reports – I intentionally arrange my words and thoughts to construct a melody.  I strive for my words to be rhythmic, flow, and provide an experience for both my audience and me. Continue reading