Building Capacity for Change: Organizational Structures and Systems (new)

Presented by: 
Jessica Earle-Meadows
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
AMS Student Nest, Room 2306/09
Part of the "Building Capacity for Change" Series

Program Summary

  • Have you noticed certain inevitable behaviours and events take place when your organization goes through change?
  • Do you want to become more informed about how organizational systems and structures influence organizational and team cultures and their capacity to go through change?
  • Are you simply interested in learning more about organizational structures and systems, how they work, and how their effects can be worked with to navigate change better?

Change can evoke uncertainty, insecurity, and unhelpful dynamics within an organization or initiative. While individual personalities and interpersonal relationships may respond to change differently, how do organizational structures and systems influence how change is experienced by all?

What you will learn:

  • Appreciate how organizational systems and structures effect organizational capacity for change using: an organizational development theory called Open Systems (OST); Edgar Schein’s cultural assessment tools; and Gareth Morgan’s “images of organizations.”
  • Apply the theories and tools above to assess how organizational structures and systems influence workplace scenarios provided by you and your co-participants
  • Create recommendations to help improve these workplace scenarios - focusing on what’s practical and possible within the structure and system that they’re taking place within
  • Identify 3 concrete and practical “takeaways” from this workshop that you will use toward capacity-building for change in your own work context

How you will learn:

  • Theory and applied practice
  • Group work and discussion

About Your Facilitator

Jessica Earle-Meadows works with organizations and teams to evolve and change their culture in order to achieve strategic results such as effectiveness, productivity, and engagement. Specifically, in her consulting and group coaching projects she designs developmental processes for organizational transitions and growth, and builds capacity for desired outcomes through transformative learning experiences and programs. Her consulting practice focuses on participatory methods so that the people influenced by change have access to influencing it, and are equipped to integrate the effects of it ongoingly.

Over the past twelve years, Jessica has created and led: several multi-year culture change initiatives in higher education; a national conference for entrepreneurs and leaders in social change; leadership development programs in two Canadian universities and a national social change network; cross-national empowerment programming for girls and women; dozens of leadership coaching programs for leaders and professionals; as well as cultivating an expertise facilitating contentious and challenging events involving diverse stakeholders across the not-for-profit, social enterprise, and higher education sectors. She believes in shining a light on what needs to change, and believes in results-based consulting, coaching, and programming.

Jessica most recently managed a small team at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT), where she led the bi-annual Course Design Intensive as well as a Process Design and Facilitation workshop series. Jessica holds an MA in Human Systems Intervention and is an Integral Coaching Canada Coach.

About the “Building Capacity for Change” Series

The only thing constant and predictable is change. Now more than ever, it’s the new normal. At a University, it’s ongoing as leaders come and go, economy shifts the University landscape, and related organizational change happens. How do we adapt and adjust our way of doing things so that our capacity to weather ongoing change is strong?

The “Building Capacity for Change” 3-part series is a capacity-building “toolkit” for professionals who seek to improve how they respond to change within their own teams and organizations. Please review all three sessions Situational Leadership, Team Dynamics, Organizational Structures and Systems.

Event Details

Building Capacity for Change: Organizational Structures and Systems (new)
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Session A: 9:00am-12:00pm
Session B: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Point Grey Campus
Building: The AMS Student Nest
Address: 6133 University Blvd.
Room: 2306/09 (second floor)


Please click here to register.

Please note that Sessions A and B are the same. Please only register for one session.

All registered participants will receive a confirmation email. The AAPS PD Program is exclusively for members of AAPS.

This is the third in the three part series. You can view parts one and two.

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