"I asked the 'change elite,' how many of you know about/have participated in an Open Space event?"
Well, among change practitioners, only about 8 - 10 hands were raised in a group of over 150 attendees at the global Association of Change Management Practitioners in Las Vegas this past week, (April 1-4, 2012) where we discussed Success Secrets of Trusted Change Advisors.
"First people need to know you, then like you, then trust you."
Chip Heath, coined us as the "change elite" - that would be all of us attending ACMP 2012 conference. Heh. Professor Heath, Stanford, is the author of Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard, and was our first keynote speaker this past Sunday.
What a pleasure it was to be a part of a robust Q & A discussion with an elite group of panel-mates followed by offering Open Space to over 150. Our panel was a mix of change leader internals at major, well-known large companies and external consultants.
I was in a middle role, as I functioned as a hybrid internal/external while I worked at the University of Michigan in Organization Development:
- Liz Guthridge - Session Facilitator, Connect Consulting Group;
- Deborah Nystrom - Open Space facilitator (me); Reveln Consulting & CMRsite.com;
- Jim Bohn, PhD., Global Director, CMO - Johnson Controls;
- Gail Severini, Conner Partners;
- Michael Nestor, Vice President, Head of Change Management, Bayer Group
And yes, it was Vegas. I've include ONE photo on this post of my recent Las Vegas tour, the day before the conference started. (As they say, what happens in Vegas, stays on Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and now, ScoopIt.)
We also welcome you to the discussion via our new "Trusted Advisors" LinkedIn discussion group, which is an open, join-able group.
Check out the session Slideshare there, that includes our Open Space and Trusted Advisors handout, which I'll also upload to my Reveln blog soon in .pdf format.
Meanwhile, if any of you are in my consultant & coach, or small business circles, you may be interested in a free webinar I'm doing this evening on LinkedIn, including the updates coming to LinkedIn. One of them is the "People you May Know" function. You can read my post about this via today's Social Media Learning Lab post here.
One of my favorite sayings that is essential to LinkedIn is listed above. It is about building trusted, mutually beneficial connections: the know, like, and trust equation.
Thanks for stopping by!