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CODIC: Design Thinking

  • Saturday, November 14, 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Benedictine University - Kindlon Hall Room 164 (Lisle, IL)


In the spirit of giving, for admission, we are asking attendees to bring non-perishable food items to the meeting. All the food collected will be donated to a local food pantry.
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Join us in the spirit of giving ... for the November program, the price of admission is a non-perishable food item (s).  Food items will be donated to a local food pantry.

Design Thinking and Your Current OD Work

Have you seen how Design Thinking is expanding in the world of OD? Two perspectives will give you options on how you can use Design Thinking in your own OD work. 

Ryan Smerek will introduce a three-phase approach to Design Thinking that we will practice in the group. 

Bruce Mabee will bring us a process that combines Design Thinking and OD, illustrating it with a crisis case he "survived." 

What are you doing that Design Thinking can help you do better?

 Learning Objectives: 

- Focus what Design Thinking is, and when and you might use it as a problem-solving methodology. 

- Get familiar with alternative approaches and uses of Design Thinking.

- Apply Design Thinking resources in your toolkit as an OD practitioner.

About Our Speakers

Bruce Mabee has practiced OD for 35 years, applying Design Thinking and Agile Strategy in over 130 corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations in the US, Europe and Asia. As Managing Partner with Milestone Partners, LLC, his recent work with Walgreens, ConocoPhillips and Abbott helped global managers and professionals apply design-focused innovation in their current work. Bruce's Action Consulting Workshops have trained over 1000 worldwide.

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His current work in "Leadership 4.0" helps organizations build cultures as "Catalysts of Innovation."

Bruce has also taught leadership and change in nine graduate schools, including Benedictine University, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and the University of Chicago. He presented Innovation & OD at the "World's Top OD Leaders" event for Benedictine OD's 50th Anniversary.

Bruce is member of CODIC and Board Advisor and former president of the Organization Development Network of Chicago. As a charter member of the CPLP certification, Bruce has served over ten years as a judge and evaluator of top performing innovative, global organizations.

He holds an M.S. in Management & Organizational Behavior from the George Williams Graduate School of Management, and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Bruce helps leaders engage essential power groups, to not only "solve the problem," but also to create larger, sustainable improvement. Over half his work has resulted in client relationships lasting 5-10 years or longer. 

Bruce has also held management positions in Wealth Management, as Managing Editor of a small newspaper, and as Manager of Training & Education.

He holds an M.S. in Management & Organizational Behavior from the George Williams Graduate School of Management, and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Ryan Smerek is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Academic Affairs in the Master's of Science in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University.

Ryan received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Higher Education and Organizational Behavior and Management. His dissertation on the simultaneous “being and learning” of new college and university presidents won the Best Dissertation Award from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan and the Goodman-Malamuth Dissertation Award from the American Association of University Administrators.Ryan also received an Ed.M. from Harvard University in organizational behavior and leadership education and a B.A. from Dartmouth College in economics.

Ryan has researched and published in the areas of learning and new executives, decision-making, executive coaching, predictors of job satisfaction, and organizational culture. His work includes a coauthored anthology on political leadership with Robert Coles.

Ryan has worked at Dove Consulting in Boston, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and Denison Consulting — a culture and leadership assessment firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ryan is a former college basketball player and now playground aficionado with his two sons Mark (age 5) and Ben (age 3).


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