Chatting About Change is about organizational change and helping individuals and organizations experience life to the fullest, and engaging in positive, transformational change. I am a university professor, OD consultant, and Change Strategist. Each episode I will engage in conversations with a guest from diverse backgrounds around the topic of change.
SOAR, Appreciative Inquiry, and Strengths-Based approaches to Organization Development: A Conversation with Jackie Stavros.
My guest this episode is Jackie Stavros, keynote speaker, professor, consultant, author, and creator of the SOAR methodology. Dr. Stavros shares how she developed the SOAR methodology, which has revolutionized strategic planning and organization development, by bringing to the forefront a strengths-based approach to guiding strategy and organizational change. Jackie offers practical tips on how to successfully use the SOAR approach and how to facilitate conversations that create the space for organizations to create their own futures and grow and improve. She also shares ideas from her latest book, “Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement”. We discuss the key distinctions between mechanistic systems and human systems and the crucial role that engaging people in conversations plays in addressing human centered challenges. At the heart of this is the notion of dialogue and dialogic organization development.
Narratives and Stories: Bringing awareness and change to societal challenges around Race and Wealth. Disrupting the false narratives and beliefs around the stereotypes around race and poverty: An engaging conversation with Sara Bishop, owner of Orchi
My guest this episode is Sara Bishop, a strategic communications consultant and runs her own organization, Orchid Communications. She is also a faculty member at the University of Arkansas. She shares her story of how she launched a communications business focused on working with nonprofits. She shares her passion for helping organizations to bring awareness and social impact centered around authentic and aspirational stories that often involve difficult conversations about race and wealth. With her strong background in communications, she describes the powerful role stories play in bringing awareness and facilitating social change and flipping the narrative around poverty and the culture that perpetuates false stories.
Navigating careers, life, relationships, and moving into compassionate growth: A conversation with Joella Walker, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Shamanic Practitioner.
My guest this week is Joella Walker, a a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Spiritual Director, and shamanic practitioner. She shares both her personal career journey and path as well as offers insights into helping others explore careers and life’s purpose. Joella shares how she works from a strengths perspective and helps adults navigate anxiety, life transitions, relationships, loss, addiction and recovery, and personal growth. We discuss how she helps her clients create balance, be their authentic selves, and get back in the driver’s seat of their lives.
Peacekeeping, Reconciliation, Tolerance, and Understanding: A conversation with Dr. Eileen Borris, a global consultant in political forgiveness, multi-track diplomacy, leadership, and conflict resolution.
My guest for this episode is Dr. Eileen Borris, who is a global consultant in political forgiveness, multi-track diplomacy, leadership, and conflict resolution, and noted author and keynote speaker. Dr. Borris describes her work in changing society’s vision of peacekeeping by working unyieldingly towards reconciling world conflicts. We discuss her work around the globe and the challenges humanity is facing today given the level of violence and war. She talks about the need for a change in mindset, shifting towards a mindset of tolerance, patience, and understanding, and the healing that needs to take place. Dr. Borris describes how if we continue to see the world through a mindset of anger and hatred, we are going to get more violence, and we know that violence begets more violence, and we get trapped in this viscous cycle. And this is a choice that we all need to make, because how we see the world and each other is a choice. She describes the work of Nelson Mandela as a perfect example of how we can approach peace building and political forgiveness, and reconciliation. Do learn more about this vitally important challenge, you can read her newsletter, Political Forgiveness Monthly, via her LinkedIn page.
Uncovering our calling and growing during our incubator periods: A conversation with Jenny Wiley, coach, facilitator, and community manager lead at Zencity.
My guest this week is Jenny Wiley, Community Manager Lead at Zencity. She is a certified life coach and specializes in Community Coaching, partnering with groups who desire to connect and expand together. She is an experienced facilitator and relationship builder, and a strong believer in building social capital in all interactions and experiences. She shares how she uses her coaching skills and facilitation expertise to help groups thrive and connect. Her passion for helping others is contagious and she offers a refreshing perspective on how we chose to show up in the work we do, the questions we ask, and the relationships we nurture.
Exploring the role of food in socialization and our criminal justice system: A Conversation with Kelli Grant, health and wellness coach, and doctoral student studying incarcerated women and the sociological impacts of food
My guest this week is Kelli Grant, owner and CEO at Grant Consulting and Coaching. Kelli shares her fascinating story and how she has combined her background in public service, training, health & wellness coaching, and criminal justice, in helping others embrace healthy lifestyles and choices. She discusses her current journey in her doctoral program as she works on her dissertation in the field of sociology. Her passion is around combining her coaching experiences with her interest in qualitative research and bringing this skill set to the intersection of food and women who are serving time in a residential facility. Her passion around studying food and the criminal justice system is inspiring and has the potential to transform lives and our society. Understanding the role food plays in our socialization process is important for creating healthy communities and has the potential to transform lives. Kelli’s doctoral journey is fascinating and inspiring!