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ODN Chicago: Fear and Loathing in Consulting

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 325 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, N Wells, 4th Floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60654, United States

Fear and Loathing in Consulting: An Agile Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

The Hunter S. Thompson novel and article series commented on the experiences of those chasing the American Dream in context of the confusion of the post-1960s counter-cultural movement.   This session will focus on the American Dream of “being your own business.”  It will allow for real work on the issues facing OD practitioners aspiring to ply their trade in a period of economic changes, such as the expansion of helping professions (like “agile scrum masters,” “change management,” and “business partners”) and the challenges of the “gig economy.”

This session will focus on external OD consulting work. We will gather multiple points of view on the experiences facing contractors, consultants and entrepreneurs; foster connections among participants who have something to share; and set the stage for continuous growth.  We will use a modified “world café” structure to gather data on challenges and opportunities, and then generate best practices from our assembled knowledge base.  Ultimately, the Board of Directors will use the output from this meeting to generate ideas for how OD Network of Chicago can support independent consultants, from the perspectives of consultants themselves as well as those who hire them.


Deborah Dalzell Murphy, a co-chair of the OD Network of Chicago, will lead us through this experiential exploration.

Deb has spent the last 30 years developing skills, careers, leaders and organizations.  With a master’s degree in education leadership, she focused on adult development and mentoring.  She leads processes which attract, engage, and develop people’s talents, most recently as the head of HR for a manufacturing firm. She uses OD-related tools in large scale organizational changes like divestitures, acquisitions, and changes in leadership, strategy and systems, as well as smaller scale department or dyadic situations. As the process leader for HRD, she served a leadership team that successfully challenged for the Deming Prize for TQM practices.

Currently, Deb is the Director of the Institute for Organizational Psychology of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,  This group consults to external organizations on leadership development, process improvement and facilitating customer focus groups.  She serves on the OD Network of Chicago  Board of Directors and chairs an interest group for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

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