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Organic Organizations

On the cover of her book “A Simple Way”, Margaret Wheatley offers an invitation for others to help answer a primary question “How could we organize human endeavor if we developed a different understanding of how life organizes itself?”

In the 1980s, many of us involved in management consulting embraced the concept of Total Quality Management (TQM) as a strategy for cost-effectively improving customer value. Following on from TQM we had the opportunity to understand, and to varying degrees embrace, a cascade of new performance improvement strategies including Six Sigma, Process Reengineering, Learning Organizations, Business Process Management, Agility and Scrum, and Lean. One purpose of implementing these strategies was, as with TQM, to cost-effectively improve customer value.

Through 20 years of experience, the presenter has developed the view that all of the new management strategies, in different ways, have a similar purpose which is to improve bottom-line performance and the quality of working life by enhancing the organic capability of the organization.

The workshop will cover the characteristics of an organic organization, why these characteristics help enhance both organizational performance and the quality of working life, and how to develop an organic organization.


6:00 - Networking
6:20 - Introductions
6:30 - Presentation
7:30 - Networking
8:00 - Close


This is our first event at USF, at their new downtown campus:

The elevator will be closed at 6:30 - please arrive before then so you can get upstairs easily.


Bob McQueen, the President of OLC, along with OLC Associate Stellie Kim, will facilitate the Organic Organizations Workshop.  The Organizational Learning Center (OLC), based in San Jose, has for 20 years provided “hands on” consulting services to help organizations improve bottom-line performance and the quality of working life.

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  • Autumn W.

    Interesting topic and speaker. Not well set up for networking and the presentation was not very interactive. He was fascinating, however.

    February 20, 2014

  • Charlotte K.

    Thank you, Bob, for an inspiring presentation. I loved your stories and examples! At our next meeting, it would be great to use the first part of the evening for introductions / warm up. The room was wonderful, but made it hard to have conversations with those across the room.

    February 20, 2014

  • Pam D.

    Great presenter, great material! I got a lot of value out of this talk.

    February 19, 2014

  • Steve M.

    I want to thank Bob again for a very well-presented topic, with excellent stories of cases to illustrate points, and a real framework to 'get things going'.

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Steve M.

    Wow... Started off with a very powerful story! An incremental contribution that progressed until it earned its audience in Congress.

    February 19, 2014

  • Steve M.

    See you all there!

    February 19, 2014

  • John D.

    Bob and Steve, this looks like a very interesting topic. Thanks for presenting. Unfortunately, I am out of the country and will miss the meeting. Best wishes!

    February 17, 2014

    • Steve M.

      Have a good trip and see you next time, John.

      February 18, 2014

  • Steve M.

    Looking forward to our new event space! I visited last week - the campus is very 'SOMA' with brick walls, and of course a Starbucks across the street.

    February 18, 2014

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