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When: Friday, May 9, 2014
1-2pm ET

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Friday, May 9, 2014
1-2 PM Eastern Time
Creating Change With Liberating Structures
Guests: Henri Lipmanowicz and Liz Rykert

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Liberating Structures Menu (pdf)

Liberating Structures Principles (pdf)

Individual IEQ Questionnaire (pdf)

Liberating Structures Presentation (pdf)


In their new book, The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures, Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz, both experienced in business and skilled facilitators, describe what they term "simple rules to unleash a culture of innovation.” Skyscrapers, bridges, and the operating policies and principles that organizations have designed for long term use are big durable structures that aren’t easily changed. The routines and events in our daily lives—the meetings, seating arrangements, mealtime rituals, conversational exchanges, and the questions we ask are structures too. The authors call them microstructures. Everything we do takes place in some structure, and the Henri and Liz will discuss some quick and easy changes in microstructures that can have powerful impact.

Henri Lipmanowicz retired from Merck in 1998 after a 30-year career during which he progressed from Managing Director in Finland to President of the Intercontinental Region and Japan (The world minus the US and Western Europe) and a member of Merck Management Committee. In 2000 Henri co-founded the Plexus Institute and served as Chairman of the Board until 2010. Born inCarcassonne,France, Henri holds a MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Management fromColumbiaUniversityand a MS degree in Chemical Engineering fromFrance.His career gave him the opportunity to live in seven countries and made him a perpetual world traveler. He residesin theUSwith his Finnish wife; their joy in their seven grandchildren is beyond their wildestexpectations. Henri’s previous passion was building organizations where people thrived and were successful beyond their wildest expectations. His current passion is the development of Liberating Structures and their dissemination across all five continents. One passion follows naturally the other since Liberating Structures make it possible for people to build organizations where they thrive and are successful beyond their expectations.

Liz Rykert is the President of Meta Strategies which she founded in 1997. Her companyis a Toronto-based strategy group working in complex organizational change and digital technology. The consulting and technological services include: change work and innovation, large system transformation, coaching and facilitation; web work including strategy, online community, website design and programming; and network development, visualization and analysis. Liz is also an associate with Ignite Consulting Services at University Health Network –Canada’s largest teaching hospital network.Liz is a practitioner of engagement methods such as Liberating Structures. She practices Developmental Evaluation on the highly uncertain and emergent projects she works on to carefully track and monitor progress and impact. Liz is a graduate from Ryerson’s Social Work program. She works with health systems with a focus on culture change and human interaction as part of large systems change to improve patient safety. Liz was a member of the team for the Canadian research project on Positive Deviance and was a faculty member for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute - Stop Infections Now Collaborative. Liz also coaches four hospitals in the New York State based Bordering on Zero Collaborative sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Liz is a student of complexity science and a big believer in the power of networks.

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