About The Worldwide Week
of Partnership

Since 1975 Power + Systems, Inc. has been providing high-impact leadership and organizational development programs to organizations and institutions primarily in the corporate sector. With the Worldwide Week of Partnership P+S is making its resources more accessible to the non-profit world.

Each year, during the third week in October, Power + Systems global network of trainers and consultants conduct pro bono workshops supporting the efforts of educational, charitable, and service organizations in their local communities. The goal of these events is to enhance the effectiveness of these organizations by increasing mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation both within these organizations and with the people they serve.

 

 

Workshops and Programs

Throughout the week trainers will be conducting high-impact events developed by Barry Oshry for groups in their local communities. Most trainers will be conducting the Organization Workshop on Creating Partnership, others will be conducting the When Cultures Meet Workshop, and others will be making presentations and leading conversations focusing on partnership.

The Organization Workshop on Creating Partnership

Organizations, despite having worthy missions and committed and talented people, regularly fall into painful, dysfunctional patterns – strained relationships, misunderstandings, lost opportunities, and diminished effectiveness. For organizations across the globe the Organization Workshop regularly:

The When Cultures Meet Workshop

The meeting of diverse cultures – whether in the organization, community, or society – too often results in destructive conflicts, the suppression of one culture by another, WE versus THEM attitudes, wasted energies, and lost possibilities.

Presentations and Book Discussion Groups

Trainer-led presentations and conversations focusing on subjects related to creating partnership. Critical issues are explored using, books, articles, and presentations based on the work of Barry Oshry. Sample subjects: Why despite best intentions do the same dysfunctional organizational patterns keep happening?

 

Events

 

From British Columbia, Canada

Phil Cady will be working with the John Howard Society, a federation of groups whose goals is to understand and respond to problems of crime.

From Sydney, Australia 

Paul Mitchell will be conducting an Organization Workshop in behalf of The Starlight Children’s Foundation (Brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families.) Starlight will be inviting the corporate partners that support them. It’s a way of saying thanks and deepening the partnership.

From Bucks County, Pa., USA

Susan Berg will be conducting three Organization Workshops focused on carrying forward results of a Future Search conference conducted in June 2013.  It is being offered as a way to develop partnership skills across government, major non-profits, and frontline service providers to youth as they learn to work together on serving youth and families in the county.

 

Request an Event


Contact us if you’d like to work with us in making a partnership event happen for an educational, charitable, or service organization in your community.

 

 

Participating Trainers

We are a worldwide consortium of consultants and trainers who have been certified in the Organization Workshop on Creating Partnership. We are committed to supporting the efforts of educational, charitable, and service organizations in our local communities.

Barry Oshry

Boston MA U.S.A.

Barry Oshry is a distinguished educator and a pioneer in the field of human systems thinking. He has focused his writing, teaching and research on the human systems dynamics arising when people are in top, middle, bottom, and customer relationships with one another.

Maureen Clarry

Greenwood Village, CO, USA

My background is in technology and business; I've worked for some large corporations including General Electric and EDS. In 1992, I founded a successful data management consulting firm. We quickly incorporated an organizational development component because we observed that projects are more likely to fail because of power, political and process issues than because of the technology.

Mellisa Clark

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I live in Kuala Lumpur and deliver leadership development programs in the Asia-Pacific region both as a private consultant and as an Associate Faculty for the Centre for Creative Leadership. I am a firm believer in the ability of the OW (Organization Workshop) to provide valuable insights and perspectives and enjoy watching it work its magic.

Phil Cady

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I am President of CLS West, and an Associate Faculty Member at Royal Roads University, British Columbia, Canada. Clients and colleagues know me to be a passionate, dynamic and experienced facilitator of large group learning activities, conferences and systemic interventions. I am honoured and excited to contribute to the World Wide Week of Partnership!

Doug O'Loughlin

Singapore

I am passionate about giving permission to people and organisations to be extraordinary. I have been in the field of OD for 25 years and am currently a Principal Consultant in the Singapore Civil Service College, part of a wonderful team of people that are supporting all of the government ministries and agencies in their leadership and organisation development.

Nancy Aronson

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

In partnership with some wonderful colleagues I’ve brought the Organization Workshop to education, healthcare, environmental engineering, and non-profits. Another area of deep interest for me is designing and facilitating large group, task-focused meetings that activate whole system thinking.

 

Testimonials

"I would strongly recommend the workshop for any NGO that is seeking to make a significant positive shift in its organizational culture, close gaps between layers in the organization, take a positive approach to resolving issues etc. It really does provide an excellent opportunity for staff to experience life in someone else's shoes. The workshop will be reverberating for some time to come in our office!"

Alex Snary,
National Director,
World Vision

“Participants had a fantastic time participating in the workshop and we have received only positive feedback. I have already noticed how those who participated in the workshop have altered their approach based on when they are a top/middle or bottom in a situation. There is also a greater awareness across the Fundraising Team of each other’s time, priorities and challenges. We have seen an increase in understanding and consideration when one team member’s priorities may differ from another’s. This contributes to the positive attitudes in the workplace and increased cooperation amongst team members.”

Zoe Grose,
Head of Fundraising,
Starlight Children’s Foundation

“As you might suspect, churches are not immune from dysfunction! It is hard to minister to the world when church systems are in states of disarray. While many participants had studied family and emotional systems, the organizational workshop model was new to them. It offered insights and language to address many of the issues they face with staff teams, congregants and the community at large.”

Reverend Kelly Dignan,
Director,
Create Meaning