2021: A Call for Resilience

John Bennett/ January 5, 2021/ Change, Organization Development/ 1 comments

Without a doubt, 2020 was the most challenging year for most of us. We witnessed a global health pandemic resulting in quarantines, hospitalizations, health resource shortages, deaths, record-speed development and deployment of vaccines, polarizing elections, racial injustices, economic highs and lows, unemployment rise, businesses shuttered, education systems pivoting to provide remote teaching and learning … I could go on, and

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What Would Charlie Seashore Say?

John Bennett/ November 24, 2020/ Events, Facilitation, Organization Development/ 0 comments

Join me December 1, as part of Fielding University’s Giving Day December 1 is Fielding’s Giving Day. Brought to you by the Office of Development on behalf of Fielding and their students, are several events to share the impact of philanthropy on Fielding’s programs. The virtual events are designed for all members of the Fielding community. Everyone is welcome: students,

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Navigating Difficult Conversations Around the Table

John Bennett/ November 22, 2020/ Change, Development/ 0 comments

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I remember with fondness the gatherings around my grandmother’s table for a home-cooked meal that expressed her love for us. I remember conversations and time spent together with extended family and friends. I’ve continued this tradition with my own family, and we often have 12-18 people join us for dinner and “fellowship”, as my father

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Networking at a Virtual Conference? Absolutely!

John Bennett/ September 21, 2020/ Development, Networking/ 0 comments

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, I wrote the blog 13 Tips to Build a Strong Network without comprehending how much of our future daily lives would involve physical distancing. Since then, approximately 200,000 people in the USA have died from the virus and nearly every person in the world has been impacted. While precautions have been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus by physically

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Powerful Lessons and Impactful Shifts for Coaches

John Bennett/ September 13, 2020/ Change, Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership, Teaching/ 0 comments

Are you paying attention to what’s happening? Through my own work with coaching clients, and with students who are developing a coaching mindset and skillset, I’ve noticed some reflections that, when explored and reframed, can lead to powerful lessons and impactful shifts. Whether you are an experienced, professional coach or a manager-coach, paying attention to your thoughts and reactions has the ultimate potential for new insights and further development. Below is a chart

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Join me at the Ignite Business Development Bootcamp on October 3

John Bennett/ August 17, 2020/ Change, Events, Facilitation, Leadership, Teaching/ 0 comments

I’m excited to present “Leading Change” at the Ignite Business Development Bootcamp™ for Small Businesses on October 3, 2020. As a result of COVID-19 business owners have been forced to change how they do business. During this interactive session, you will gain a deeper understanding of change leadership, and work through a change you’re currently leading or planning to lead.

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Delivering (and Receiving) Unpleasant Messages

John Bennett/ August 10, 2020/ Change, Development, Leadership, Teaching/ 1 comments

I’ve noticed that many people are delivering (and receiving) unpleasant news more than usual — messages that were not expected, contrary to the norm or unwanted, and negatively impacting. Obviously, the current pandemic may be fueling this. The news about job loss, health conditions, layoffs, furloughs, elimination of bonuses and pay increases, possible pay cuts, different expectations, in-person school programs moving to virtual formats, students not able to go to campus for the fall term, and forecasts

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Confessions of a Bibliophile

John Bennett/ July 6, 2020/ Change, Development/ 1 comments

I am a bibliophile. But it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I actually fell in love with reading. I’m not quite sure what happened to prompt the shift. Perhaps it was the first time I remember a friend and me reading and talking about the same book. Or, perhaps it was my 11th grade English teacher inspiring

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CALL FOR ARTICLES: In an Era of Transformative and Traumatic Disruptions…What Can OD Bring?

John Bennett/ June 29, 2020/ Organization Development, Publications/ 0 comments

Articles will be featured in Organization Development Review Special Issue (March–April 2021)  I’m honored to be one of the guest editors for this special issue of Organization Development Review. Click here for original printing in ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT REVIEW Vol. 52, No. 2, 2020 We have been experiencing what living in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world (VUCA) looks and

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