O.D. Institute Newsletter
Some OD Thoughts
1. Long term I believe China will normalize and change more
toward the western ways. They will need to if they are to take
advantage of the opportunities. And the West will need
to change toward the culture norms of China. Recently I interviewed
a Global executive and one of his two main messages was that
if the USA wants to do business with other parts of the world
then people must authentically want to understand other cultures
deeply and then establish solid long term relationships with
people from the other cultures. I believe OD can facilitate
2. Practicing OD, edited by Rothwell and myself is the first
OD book translated into Chinese. People from China have
a high interest in learning OD. Rothwell teaches OD in
China 3-4 times per year.
3. Personally I now see myself as a global citizen. I
have a partnership in the Middle East with Mubie, who comes
from India and the UAE and was educated in the USA. It
is my philosophy that all people are wonderful. The more diverse
they are from my rural mid-west roots the better. I want
to learn and be with people until I observe them doing or being
unethical or invasive to basic human rights. Then I politely
move away from them if they hurt people.
4. Oh yes, our secondary education is in bad shape. My
daughter is just getting ready to go to university. I
hope she matures and grows and learns and changes through her
educational venture. Now all my education at the university
level was fantastic. I was in a seminary to get my BA.
We were on the front end of T-Groups and community learning.
It was fantastic. No drugs. Discipline. Never wasted
a minute. Lead a very balanced life style. Lots
of sports. Many hours of late night deep personal talk
with fellow students. A strong spiritual life. An
exciting and stimulating academic education. Even had
a priest for philosophy that I was never sure if he believed
in God or not. He certainly made me think!
Then I hit graduate school in the late 60’
and I wanted to be a change agent. Even statistics was
taught in a t-group or lab environment. Then I went on to Loyola
and they created a special pure OD program for me and I became
the first graduate of their OD program.
Then the highlight of my life... off to second masters at Pepperdine.
Fantastic. So I feel so bad for those people that did
not have a thrilling graduate program.
5. I personally am interested in Education so I work with EMPI
-- one of he first Lab OD/HRD schools in India... or at least
a new school wanting to bring OD to India. Am working with Udai
and his daughter. Udai studied at NTL and Columbia with Matt
Miles and brought OD to India and also HRD. There is a
great market for HR but not as much of a need for OD.
6. Last point. I believe we need to collaborate with the
Chinese. They have many people who deserve basic food,
education, spirituality and health care.
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