Boston Facilitators Roundtable - Event Information
REFRAMING ORGANIZATIONS: A FRAMEWORK TO HELP LEADERS BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR CHALLENGES
This workshop, which is based on the highly-regarded book “Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership”, will pursue this question: How can you make sense of the organizational contexts in which you work so that you can become a better consultant and/or leader?
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern
, MA 02108
Consultants, like leaders, need to understand the social systems and organizational relationships in order to address organizational challenges. At the same time that you help leaders develop their “reframing” skills - the ability to see things through multiple lenses, you yourself need those skills in order to help them understand what’s going on in their system. This workshop, which is based on the highly-regarded book “Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership”, will pursue this question: How can you make sense of the organizational contexts in which you work so that you can become a better consultant and/or leader?
The session will be organized around Bolman & Deal’s four-frame model of organizations and leadership, which explores structure, people, politics and symbols. Using those 4 frames, or lenses, will give you, and leaders, a more complete picture of the situation, which will likely enable you to see more options for action. This model can be applied in the context of change management, culture change, leadership, management, decision making and strategy development.
We will use a self-rating instrument to help you identify your preferred frame. You’ll also have the chance to apply the model to a challenge that you’re facing, in your own or your client’s organization (with appropriate confidentiality). Please let us know in advance if you have a challenge, so that we make sure every breakout group has someone with a case to work on.
Lee Bolman is an author, scholar, consultant and speaker who recently retired as Professor and Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Co-author with Terry Deal of Reframing Organization: Artistry, Choice and Leadership; How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing; and Leading with Soul: an Uncommon Journey of Spirit.
Lee consults and lectures worldwide to corporations, public agencies, universities and schools. He holds a B.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. Prior to coming to UMKC, he taught for four years at Carnegie-Mellon University and more than twenty years at Harvard. He has also taught as a visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Organization and Management.