Facilitation and Values in Complex Environments

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 6.42.13 PM“Leadership in an environment of complexity will be that person who facilitates and creates an environment which makes it possible for the elements within the system to interact and create new forms of reality, guided by the overarching vision and rules.” Keene (2000)… “the ability to listen, communicate and participate in dialog which allows groups to surface and understand their assumptions about each other and their notion of reality as opposed to that of others.” Facilitative leadership provides an opening for a complex set of viewpoints to flourish. Continue reading

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Appreciative Team Building

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 2.44.20 PMTo follow up on my blog post I wrote for the Graziadio Voice about learning and applying Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a large group intervention while in Costa Rica with my graduate program in Organization Development, I’m happy to share more details about my experience designing team-building retreats with two local organizations. I also want to use this post to share more details about the Appreciative Inquiry process. Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Ron’s Associate Kelly Martin

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 9.24.32 AMRon invited me to Facilitate a Board Retreat for the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool.  It was my first time soloing for Ron Milam Consulting as well as my first time facilitating for a group with which I had no personal affiliation. I’m excited to report it went really well! Continue reading

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Learning and Leading Large-Scale Organizational Change

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 8.14.50 AMI invite you to read a blog post I wrote for the Pepperdine Graziadio Voice reflecting on my recent learning experience in Costa Rica. I share my experiences learning about Appreciative Inquiry and reflect why I greatly value this graduate program in Organization Development. Following Costa Rica, I have facilitated several retreats using Appreciative Inquiry.

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My 2013 Annual Report

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 7.21.47 AMIn 2013, my 8th year of consulting, I’m pleased to report I served 39 organizations (15 returning clients & 24 new clients…see below for details). Not only is this the most number of organizations I have served in any year, I also reached my goal of serving my 100th client (finishing the year serving my 115th organization!). facilitated 40 retreats or meetings and led 7 trainings attended by over 200 people. Continue reading

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This Consultant is now a Father!!

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 8.42.47 AMI haven’t blogged much over the last three months for good reason: I’m now a very happy father of two (yes, two!) boys. Our little one’s arrived early in September and I took a break from my consulting practice to be home with my wife and babies. I love being a dad! With support from both of our parents, friends and our larger community, we’re making the transition to parenthood and family. After multiple sleepless nights and a few weeks of nonstop, loud crying, we’re getting into a beautiful rhythm

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LA (Neighborhood Land Trust Retreat) Story

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 9.56.50 AMOne way in which I know my work makes a positive difference is when clients I previously served ask to me help them out again. After last year’s very successful retreat with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, I’m thrilled to have facilitated another staff retreat for them this year focused on a theme of story telling. Continue reading

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