September Dinner: Facilitating Organizational Change – Releasing the Power of Paradigms

  • 20 Sep 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Arlington Hilton 950 North Stafford Street Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 528-6000


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Most organizations approach change incorporating somewhat traditional methods. These may include addressing the reasons people fear change, minimizing negative impacts in the change process, and incorporating incremental changes into the implementation. While each of these may provide some benefit, a change initiative cannot just happen; it must be carefully structured within the realm of organizational framework and culture. Leaders and change agents must be able to not only present but actually display a realistic and enduring overview of continuing resiliency into the organizational mission and vision which identifies and promotes change as a necessary element for maintaining competitive advantage. One of the most powerful methods that is rarely used to drive a change initiative is that of incorporating the power of paradigms into the process. This presentation examines aspects of leveraging paradigms in a change initiative.

After participating in this interactive session, participants should be able to:

  • Examine elements of the change process from their personal experiences
  • Observe the various elements in the change process at work
  • Incorporate the concept of leveraging paradigms in the process
  • Recognize opportunities to incorporate resiliency into the work culture

Speaker Biography:

Tom Coffey, MS, SPHR, CBM, CPLPTom Coffey is the principal of Effective PerformanceSolutions, LLC, a Virginia-based firm providing HRD services to both Fortune 500 companies and small local organizations.He is Past President of the Valleys of Virginia chapter of ASTD, and is on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Roanoke Valley SHRM, and was on the 2010 Virginia State SHRM Conference Committee.Tom holds the SPHR, CBM, and CPLP designations, and is listed in "Who's Who of Professionals". He was also selected to the 2010 ALC PAC Leadership Committee, and was featured in the January 2010 issue of "Training and Development" magazine.

He has a B.S. degree in HR management, a M.S. degree in Leadership and Human Resources and has instructed college course work in Human Resources Management and lectured at Hollins University on the topics "Title VII and Discrimination" and "Recruitment and Selection". He also presented “Performance Management: What is Your Organization’s Weakest Link?” and “Building Trust in These Tough Economic Times” for the Roanoke Valley SHRM chapter.Tom is a licensed FranklinCovey® facilitator for "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", "Closing the Execution Gap", and "The 4 Imperatives of Leadership". He was the keynote presenter at the IAPES Virginia State Conference, speaking on "Close Encounters with Quality Customer Service" and was the featured presenter for a Covey "SPEED of Trust” workshop for 350 participants in the nonprofit sector in Atlanta in 2009. 

He will be presenting “Employee Engagement: Why All the Fuss?” at the 2012 Virginia State SHRM Conference and was recently selected to be a presenter for Skill Path Seminars on topics ofBusiness Management and Leadership.Tom has a book in progress, titled Living by Design, or Default? Practical Guidelines for Creating a Fulfilling and Purposeful Life. He is also active as in instructor for Junior Achievement.Prior to his speaking and consulting practice, Tom has held Corporate HRD and Training management positions. He specializes in Leadership Development and has a copyrighted 40 hour workshop series entitled "Equipping the Leader". His HRD and training experience is utilized to develop results-focused performance interventions for his clients.

Program Agenda:

6:00 – Registration, Networking

6:30 – Dinner Service Opens

7:00 – President Opening Remarks, Participant Announcements for Job Opportunities or Seekers

7:15 – Program Begins

8:30 – Dinner Service Concludes

8:45 – Presentation Concludes, Metro DC ASTD Announcements, and Raffle

9:00 – Program Concludes    

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