Igniting Leadership at all Levels: EPA-ORD Working Together to Ensure the Earth’s Vitality. Pervasive Leadership • Liberating Collaboration • Engendering Trust
Pervasive Leadership • Liberating Collaboration • Engendering Trust
* Slides for the ORD’s Leadership Summit Jan. 2003 in Baltimore. See http://ai.cwru.edu for David Cooperrider’s articles on Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and the “AI Summit” Large Group Planning Process.
Regional and other EPA staff
Other government agency staff
Program office representatives
Creating an ORD Where Everyone Counts
Henry L. Longest
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Presentation to ORD Leadership Summit
Total number of applicants655
ORD applicants 40 (6%)
(ORD is 10% of the Agency)
Of the Top Ranked 200
ORD applicants selected to move on 11 (5.5%)
(Based on core qualifications review)
After SES Panel review
Round 3 4
After Assessment Center and Interview Panels
ORD applicants selected for program
The change that is taking place on the earth and in our minds is one of the greatest changes ever to take place in human affairs, perhaps the greatest, since what we are talking about is not simply another historical change or cultural modification, but a change of geological and biological as well as psychological order of magnitude. We are changing the earth on a scale comparable only to the changes in the structure of the earth and of life that took placeduring some hundreds of millions of years of earth development.. --Thomas Berry,
Dream of the Earth
We are at the very point in time when a 400-year old age is dying and another is struggling to be born, a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of relationships, liberty, community, and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world has never dreamed.
--Dee Hock, Founder & CEO--Visa
1. Valuing …
2. To increase in value, e.g. the economy has appreciated in value.
1. The act of exploration and discovery.
2. To ask questions; to be open to seeing new potentials and possibilities.
The AI Summit:
the Earth’s Vitality
Opening Conversation(using all 6 questions on page 4-8)
“These are hard times in which a genius would wish to live. Great necessities call forth great leaders.”
Abigail Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
Searching For Vital Balance
Functions of Continuity
Pioneering ResearchAcross Many Fields
An Emerging Vocabulary of “Positive Change”
Positive Images of Future ---> Positive Action
Both a product and a process
As a verb…”to design”…Is to invent, to innovate, to conceive and to make choices - about the purpose, principles, roles, processes, practices and structures which will house, support and give life to the organizations members and the dream they have created.
As a noun, “the organization design” …Is the set of choices we have made about the above
“ First we shape our structures and then
our structures shape us ”
“ Most people spend 50% of their time not just doing their job but fighting their own institutional bureaucracies ”
- Dee Hock, Founder, Visa International
“ All systems are perfectly designed to achieve the results they are currently achieving”
Choices/Elements in the Formal Organization
Processes for understanding
the business context
and setting priorities
Ways of connecting
with the BU’s
Ways we move, assign
and develop people
How people are
(Internal and External)
Mechanisms we use
within to stay
Who has what
Tools and Equipment
That we use
Our practices for challenging ourselves.
renewing ourselves And continuously improving
A Possibility Proposition is...
A statement describing your ideal organization.
It is a bridge from the “positive core” of past and present to the desired and new future.
Its like being an architect…a social architect.
Conveners see: Action planning sheets, pg 21-22…bring these tomorrow
Tomorrow presentations (e,g collaboration website, etc)
Wide Ranging Applicability of Appreciative Inquiry
Website Sharing AI Tools and Writings... Leading Positive Change
“Appreciative Inquiry Commons”
Weatherhead School of Management,
Case Western Reserve University