Shrinking the Engagement Gap
Guests: Richard Axelrod and Bernard Mohr
Dick Axelrod, author of Terms of Engagement: Changing the Way We Change Organizations,and You Don't Have to Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done,
is a Chicago native who received his bachelor's degree in industrial
management from Purdue University, and his master's degree in business
administration from the University of Chicago. Before forming The Axelrod Group,
Dick was an organization development manager for General Foods, which
was the first company in America to use self-directed work teams (a
strategy whose philosophy made a great impact on the young manager). He
now brings twenty-five years of consulting and teaching experience to
his work, with clients including Boeing, Coca-Cola, Corning, First
Union, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Kraft, and 3M.
Dick has also served as adjunct faculty for Loyola University and
Benedictine University in Chicago, and is currently teaming with Peter
Block, and the Association for Quality and Participation, to develop the
School for Managing -- an innovative approach to management education.
He is past president of the Chicago Organization Development Network and
former co-chair of the Illinois Quality of Work Life Association. Bernard Mohr is a partner and cofounder of Innovation Partners International.
He has served as a senior manager, organization design coach and
thinking partner for manufacturing, education, government and
professional and financial service organizations in the U.S., Canada,
Central America, Europe and the Middle East. He has published more than
75 books, book chapters and journal articles. His books include Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination, and The Appreciative Inquiry Summit, A Practitioner's Guide for Learning Large-Group Change. In
addition to his consulting work he is an adjunct professor at Concordia
University in Montreal, where he teaches organizational innovation.