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  • Monday, November 27, 2023 4:57 PM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    2023 Annual Report to the Membership

    It’s hard to believe we are looking at the finish line for 2023!

    Back in January, the Board embraced a couple key themes for the year: reconnection and re-invention and made a commitment to focus on member experience and open, timely communication. We wanted to surprise and delight you, while also testing the waters in a return to in-person experiences. We hope we’ve done that.

    Our biggest accomplishment in 2023 was shifting to a hybrid bi-monthly program to accommodate both in-person and remote attendees. We’re thrilled we were able to do this thanks to the magic of technology and the space provided by Goodwill Industries. We continue to work together to increase our skills in hybrid engagement.

    We also saw a return to a full schedule of in-person social events and, now, end our year with an in-person GOOD Doing Good event on December 8th. In other words, we’re back, baby! Our Communities of Practice and Mentoring cohort continue online, at the preference of those involved, and on average have high engagement.

    I’m thrilled to share that our membership grew in 2023 by nearly 50 members! I hope you’ve already renewed for 2024 so you can take advantage of:

    • 6 bi-monthly learning sessions a year featuring thought leaders and practitioners in areas such as Org Development; Org Effectiveness; Change Management; Talent or Learning & Development, including an opportunity to present at our annual Best Practices session.
    • 20+ meetings per year offered by our Communities of Practice, with content curated by members. 
    • Mentoring program with opportunity to serve as a mentor, a protege or both. 
    • Access to a network of over 200 professionals involved in Organization Development, as both internal leaders and external consultants, who are potential thought partners, strategic alliances, project or program resources. 
    • Direct connection to job opportunities in the field or referrals to decision makers, through meeting announcements, job board and informal outreach. 
    • Opportunities to develop leadership skills and give back to our profession through involvement on the Board, Leadership Team or committees.

    I’ve always found GOOD to be an incredible value and I trust you do too. We appreciate your taking a few minutes to respond to our member survey, if you haven’t already. This feedback is crucial to our 2024 planning process. We were able to apply many of your suggestions this year and look forward to doing so again next year.  

    Many thanks to our Board, Leadership Team and many volunteers. As a member-run organization, none of this happens without you. 

    To all members, thank you for another year of growing and learning together. See you in 2024! 

    Warmest regards,


  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023 11:16 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    It’s incredible to think we are already preparing for a successful 2024! We look forward to welcoming new Board members and I’m happy that the regrowth of our leadership team continues with more folks raising their hands for committee opportunities. Many hands make for light work, and diverse voices are key to meeting the needs of our membership. I’m excited to see what’s next as we all work together to make this member-led community a rich one for all. 

  • Saturday, August 12, 2023 1:45 PM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Connection. What does it mean to you? To me, it means taking a moment, inquiring, actively listening and sharing of yourself as well. One of our goals this year as an organization was to connect and (re)connect more. So, take a moment at our next bi-monthly meeting to talk with someone you haven’t met yet (in person or on virtual chat.) Schedule a follow-up 1:1 to learn more. You never know what commonality, opportunity or simply joy you’ll find! 

    Peggy Jackson

  • Tuesday, June 06, 2023 10:02 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Did you know? As a member, you can access the Board Minutes, Annual Budget and much more at any time through the Members Content section of our website. One of the Board’s areas of focus in 2023 is open and timely communication with you. And we’ll ask for the same from you. Let us know what you think and what else you want to know! Connect with us via the LinkedIn group or email us at:

    Peggy Jackson, 2023 President

  • Monday, April 10, 2023 8:30 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Your voice matters! 

    Our April speaker came from a member suggestion in the year-end Member Survey and we’re thrilled to have him join us. We’ll also be continuing to experiment and refine our hybrid meeting design based on your feedback from our first session of 2023. Thank you, keep your recommendations coming and let's keep iterating!

    What Role Will You Play?

    No organization can sustain itself for long without a little re-invention. New leadership and new ideas are critical, so we’re thrilled to welcome three first time Board members and one new COP leader over the past six months. To get involved, check out the open opportunities on the GOOD Org Chart here (must login) and contact Margo Hamel, Nominating Committee Chair, at for more details.

    Peggy Jackson, 2023 President

  • Saturday, January 28, 2023 3:43 PM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Happy New Year!

    Your 2023 Board members, both new and returning, are excited to get started in serving YOU as stewards of this unique community we call the GOOD Network. Our first step was listening to you—carefully reading your thoughtful feedback on the Member Survey—and basing our areas of focus for the year on themes that stood out, including: 

    • Member Experience 
    • Open & Timely Communication

    To see the survey results for yourself, you’ll find the link along with some highlights in the Member Newsletter coming out this week. 

    I’m happy to share that those of you eager to return to in-person experiences will have that opportunity beginning with our February bi-monthly workshop. And for those who prefer to connect and learn virtually, we will continue welcoming attendance via Zoom. All dates are listed in the Member Newsletter and on the website. So, register and mark your calendar now! I expect there may be challenges as we navigate this new hybrid world, but I believe together we can co-create great member experiences for all. 

    Also, this year we are celebrating 20 amazing years of the GOOD Network! Looking ahead, what I see is a year of (re)connection and discovery. I look forward to connecting or re-connecting with all of you and discovering how we can best support each other professionally as we look forward to the next 20 years of GOOD. 


    Peggy Jackson

  • Saturday, December 03, 2022 10:01 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Can you believe that 2022 is ending? What a whirlwind year it has been! 

    As Co-Presidents, we paused to reflect on GOOD’s path this past year as we prepare to pass the torch on to Peggy Jackson, Incoming President, and the 2023 Board. We are truly honored and proud of the work this year’s GOOD Board, committees and Communities of Practices (CoP) have accomplished. We extend our heartfelt ‘THANK YOU!’ for your tireless efforts and continued support of GOOD NETWORK community.

    We understand that volunteering time to sit on a Board and working on active committees can be challenging. This year, and the last two years, many of us were stretched thin with competing life-work demands and unprecedented societal changes due to the pandemic. It has also been a time of meaningful change for our GOOD community, which consists of a committed group of professionals that look to this network for networking, support, and development.

    As in prior years, we came into 2022 reviewing the GOOD Membership Survey and refining our strategic plan based on feedback regarding the organization, programming, and other offerings.  This has been a continued practice as the diverse perspectives, values, and needs of our members are not only valued, but are what takes GOOD to GREAT!

    The 2021 Member Survey Results highlighted the following:

    • Members wanted to focus on key programming offering content offered bi-monthly meetings, while the annual best practice review had mixed reviews.
    • Members reported mixed reviews on in-person, virtual only, and hybrid meeting formats.
    • Member wanted more of a voice regarding the survey results and periodic updates regarding initiative implemented.
    • Overall, GOOD is pretty good! Members ranked the organization a Net Promoter Score (NPS) was 77. A NPS rating of 70+ is considered World Class. They expressed feeling welcomed, wanted more input in programming, and having a voice regarding how the survey results were incorporated

    You spoke and we listened! 

    As such, the Board reviewed what was done in prior years’ strategy sessions, integrated this valuable 2021 membership feedback, and refined our focus with the intent of working on the following items this year:

    Programming --  (led by Leon Jabrow, VP of Programming)

    Members wanted to focus on key programming offering content offered bi-monthly meetings, while the annual best practice review had mixed reviews.

    • Member Survey Feedback: Our diverse and interactive GOOD community wanted to learn best practices, share ideas, and network with other professionals regarding topics such as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I), the Future of Work, the ‘New Normal’ in OD, large scale organizational change, among others. 
    • Action Taken: Leon and the Programming committee broke the mold of the bi-monthly meetings, added networking time for members, a COP Corner, and brought a “mini best practice” into every meeting. Further, they delivered member requested content, best practices, and learning opportunities on the following topics:  
    • “It’s All About Context! Optimizing Learning for and in the Workplace” by Dr. Jerome L. Rekart, Vice President at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
    • “Leading Change, Tomorrow: At the Intersection of OD and Change Management” by Tim Creasey, Chief Innovation Officer at Prosci.
    • "Design Thinking for Consultants: Tools & Methods to Promote Engagement, Creativity, & Productivity” by Hannah Benson, CEO & Founder of SALT Collaboratory.
    • "Connect ~ Inspire ~ Influence" by Cynthia Blackwell, published author of The Magical Power of 3 – Roadmap to Success, Wealth & Happiness
    • This innovative programming approach was not limited to the bimonthly but also included GOOD’s 17th Annual Best Practices, which was jammed packed of dynamic presentations from Suzan Hochstetler of CURIUM, Kevin W. McCarthy of On-Purpose Partners, and Isabella Johnston of The Intern Whisperer and Employer4Change. 

    Every time members met, they got the benefit of learning from OD subject matter experts as well as given time for them to discuss their needs, further providing a venue for member feedback and engagement.

    • Decision/Next Steps: We look forward to seeing how Leon and his committee brings programming innovation, meeting creativity, and member interactions to the next level in 2023.

    Bi-monthly Meeting Format: In-person, virtual and/or hybrid meetings (led by Krystena Sterling)

    Members had mixed reviews on in-person, virtual only, and hybrid meeting formats
    • Member Survey Feedback: To gain further clarity of members’ level of comfort to remain virtual (due to COVID numbers and vaccination rates), while balancing other members’ desires to reconnect in person, periodic check-ins and updates were provided via bi-monthly meetings, newsletters, and the website.
    • Action Taken: Various locations that were geographically convenient, with live streaming or remote IT capabilities, and within the feasibility of GOOD’s resources were explored. 
    • Decision/Next Steps: After continuous conversations about the different meeting formats, the anticipated low in-person attendance and other logistical considerations, the overwhelming feedback is that the general membership was not ready to go in-person…so we paused. The Board finally decided to remain virtual and look forward to coming back to in person or a hybrid format in 2023.

    Member Engagement

    Members wanted more of a voice regarding the survey results and periodic updates regarding initiative implemented.
    • Member Survey Feedback: Members provide quarterly updates of actions taken based upon the survey.
    • Action Taken: The Board explored ways of obtaining member feedback on a continuous basis regarding a variety of avenues to ensure that members were asked intentional questions, the environment was conducive to having robust conversations and refine current process to increase member engagement is different offerings or Board committees. The Top 3 Member Engagement Initiatives were:
    • “Let’s Talk” or Member Community forum: We want to continue the dialogue with our members from the 2021 survey by creating a safe space to engage in meaningful conversations about topics that are of keen interest to our membership and moving GOOD forward together.  As such, the Board explored having a venue on a quarterly basis to garner continued feedback from members on a variety of OD and GOOD related topics. The decision was made to fold “Let’s Talk” into the bimonthly meetings where most members were already attending. 
    • GOOD Mentorship Program: After a hugely successful 2021-2022 program led by Clayton Alves and Susan Walker, the 2022-2023 Mentorship Committee added Jennifer Gonzalez to the team and enhanced this year’s program based on the feedback from previous Mentors and Mentees. The 2022-2023 Mentorship Program launched on October 11th.
    • Reduced Membership Fees: In celebration of 20 Year Anniversary, the Board approved the proposal from Tara Goodlander and Donna Hogan for reduced membership fees in 2023.

    As we grow as individuals, a membership, and organization, we must continue to think local and reach global. As of 12/1/2022, GOOD had a total of 176 members, of which 114 are Individual Members, 62 are Corporate Members from 9 Corporate Groups. 

    We have a LinkedIn group of 800 members.  While Florida and the US may have once been our first thought geographically, we are now part of an online global community that includes people from all over the world. This offers a unique opportunity as OD professionals to connect, engage, and network with professions from HR, coaching, consulting, L&D,  and other disciplines, while sharing industry trends, best practices, and diverse perspectives. 

    Further, to continue to be ranked above a 70+ NPS by our members, we must not only state but live our GOOD DEI statement - “we are committed to listening, learning, and having courageous conversations, inclusive behaviors, and grace as we work together to intentionally create a culture of belonging that nurtures a GOOD community for all.”  We do this by periodically assessing and refining our governance, Board and committee structures as well as other operational policies.

    GOOD Governance & Board Structure (led by Kristin Chase, Advisory Board Member)
    • Member Feedback: As an OD community of professionals, are we ‘conducting our business’ within current best practices and emerging professional standards?
    • Action Taken: To answer that question, a Governance Committee was established to review the existing bylaws and to implement process improvement regarding governance and operations. Kristin and the Committee conducted an evaluation of not only the current bylaws, but also what best practices are incorporate in similar nonprofit organizations. Internal GOOD governing documents, including the organizational chart (board positions and job descriptions, committees, and CoPs), policies, guidelines, other operational documents, and member agreements were analyzed. Further, the ad hoc DE&I Committee was activated to support the integration of best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion based on our current membership composition, social demographic changes and to create an inclusive environment where individuals can engage with the organization. With this robust assessment, the GOOD bylaws were modernized, and presented to the Board and full Membership for approval. 
    • Decision/Next Steps: The updated GOOD Bylaws were approved by the Board and membership voted to adopt on August 15, 2022. Members have access to the Bylaws document on the Governance webpage in the Member Content section. (member login required) 

    Needless to say, the 2022 Board was busy! We also made a conscious effort to ‘stick to the basics’ because we were fully aware of the current burn-out that everyone was facing, and we did not want to stretch too much. Krystena, as the past President, was aware of how much the Board pushed the past 2 years, during the pandemic. As such, we tried to stay focused on the initiatives that would have the most meaningful impact for our members, our program offerings and at our core – the welcoming and heartfelt connection with our GOOD community. 

    As members, your unique perspectives are appreciated, and your voices are valued. As Co-Presidents working with the Board, we wanted to hear from you and encourage you to not only continue to share but get actively involved. We may not always get it right, but the Board committed to continuously improving to provide the best GOOD experience we can. 

    It is the only way we can continue to work together and make strides in making GOOD great! 

    In closing, it has been an incredible honor and privilege to lead this board. Krystena has led as President for the last three years and Xaulanda for this last year, with both having other Board positions prior. This Board has worked tirelessly to ensure that through all the internal changes, coupled with the dynamics of the external environment and social dynamics, that we remain focus on our mission - to create a diverse and interactive community that provides continuous learning by sharing ideas, resources and best practices.

    Together, we want to thank the board members departing this year, including Kristin Chase, Tara Goodlander, Karen Agrait, Clayton Alves and Dr. Xaulanda Simmonds-Emmanuel for all the hard work and dedication they have given to GOOD. Krystena will remain as an Advisory Board member.

    We look forward to 2023, the new board, and hopefully seeing all our members in person for the first time in almost 3 years. Thank you for being a part of this world class network. 

    We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

    Krystena and Xaulanda

  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 10:32 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    First Quarter 2022 is almost gone... What’s Next?

    Is it March already?!!!  In our January issue, we celebrated the new start to 2022, explored the emerging themes regarding the human side of work, and shared how GOOD was shifting mindsets. While it may feel like the year just started, we are quickly approaching the end of the first quarter. Can you believe it?

    As a Board, we invested that time in planning and laying the groundwork to better understand our members, their perspectives, and areas we can strategically grow as an organization. This will involve continuously nurturing a culture of adaptability and accountability with which to take GOOD to great, starting with these three (3) overarching themes:

    1. Celebrating the diversity in GOOD

    In 2021, the GOOD Board established the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and issued a statement aimed at recognizing and celebrating the diversity of our members, collaborators, partners, and the global community.

    As such, we would be remiss not to take a moment to acknowledge, honor and celebrate Black History Month, which was celebrated in February. The 2022 theme focused on Black Health and Wellness,” which explored "the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing throughout the African Diaspora."[i]

    As OD Practitioners, we are always seeking “other ways of knowing,” learning, growing, and contributing to the organizations and communities we serve. Much of that “knowing” is based on both the social and behavioral sciences, psychology, and a wide range of disciplines that help us focus on organizational change and improvement. Within the healthcare industry, organizational development can be a matter of life and death. As such, we celebrate the contribution of the Black Community in preserving history, challenging present social norms, insisting on equity by dismantling systemic racism, and advancing health equity in the future. To learn more about psychologists of color, like Mana Ali Carter, PhD, who is working to eliminate health disparities and are making a difference in today’s society, check out the American Psychology Association’s issue of Moving Psychology Forward

    In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month.  According to the National Women’s History Alliance, this year’s theme is “Providing Healing, Providing Hope” as a “tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.” [ii]  

    According to the 2021 GOOD Membership Survey, 80.70% of respondents identified as female, which is also reflective of our membership.  As such, we take a moment to celebrate and thank the women for their leadership, membership, and contributions to society and in making the GOOD community great, particularly during the last few years and as we navigate this ever-changing global pandemic.

    Moving forward, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the Board will continue to explore ways to "ensure that everyone -- regardless of the dimension of diversity -- has equitable access to resources and feels a sense of belonging."  It's all GOOD.

    2. GOOD’s 2022 Strategic Focus

    In January, the 2022 GOOD Board held a Strategy Meeting to reflect, recommit, reengage, rethink and reboot for the coming year. The strategic focus areas were founded on the 2021 Member Survey responses, incorporating our members' feedback and recommendations. As such, there are new Strategy Committees designed to address these three areas: 

    • Connecting with People & Our GOOD CommunityProgramming (hybrid)

    GOOD is entering a new ‘phygital’ world - virtual, in person, hybrid? No longer is our membership geographically located just in Florida. As such, virtual programming is a flexible and convenient option, yet many of our members are yearning for that in-person connection and networking. We hear you!  A Programming Hybrid Committee has been established to explore all viable options to connecting, conversing, and continuing to build our GOOD community through valuable programming in this new ‘phygital’ (physical & digital) world. 

    • Organizational Pathways and Succession Planning: Governance (org. structure & bylaw review, etc.)

    GOOD has been growing up and growing! Established in 2003 by a small group of OD practitioner in Orlandodue to our 2020 pivot to online and social change, the way we conduct the business of GOOD has shifted and continuously changing. As such, a committee has also been established to reassess the governance and structure of the organizationreview and update bylaws as well as explore the development of operational procedures.

    Interested in helping shape the future of GOOD? We currently have Board positions such as the Director of Communications and Co-Director of Community Programs as well as opportunities to get involved in the Governance Committee. Please email Kristin Chase, Past President at to learn more. Join us in taking GOOD to great!

    • Member Engagement (including a Let’s Chat series)

    The 2021 membership survey has revealed valuable insights regarding the perspectives, desires, and future goals of our members. We want to continue that dialogue by creating a safe space to engage in meaningful conversations about topics that are of keen interest to our membership and moving GOOD forward together. In the GOOD DEI statement, it shares that “we are committed to listening, learning, and having courageous conversations, inclusive behaviors, and grace as we work together to intentionally create a culture of belonging that nurtures a GOOD community for all.”  This is a way to do just that and really engage with our members. So, let’s chat!

    3. Think Local & Reach Global

    As we grow as individuals, a membership, and organization, we must continue to think local and reach global. While Florida and the US may have once been our first thought geographically, we are now part of an online global community that includes people from all over the world. This offers a unique opportunity as OD professionals to connect, engageand network with professions from HR, L&D, coachingconsulting and other disciplines, while sharing industry trends, best practices and diverse perspectives. Here are two ways you can think local & reach global:

    • Start a conversation by sharing OD related articles, tools, tips, insights, etc. and help us build a GOOD global community. 

    What’s Next? Wcontinue to be intentional.

    As Co-Presidents, we entered this year with intention. We continue to keep the essence and sentiments of being deliberate and purposeful in how we strategically plan and work as a Board to continuously make GOOD great and communicate with you - our members. 

    If you would like to be a part of any of the GOOD Strategy Committees mentioned or just want to share, please feel free to email us directly at  We’d love to hear from you!

    Xaulanda Simmons-Emmanual and Krystena Sterling, Co-Presidents

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  • Wednesday, January 05, 2022 9:08 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    It’s GOOD to Shift Mindsets: The Human Side of Work in 2022

    As a society, we emerged from 2020 still in shock, pivoting our lives and work due the global pandemic. In 2021, we spent much of the year adapting to the “new normal” and what that means for the future. Needless to say, the last two years have been a whirlwind and we are just emerging out of the fog. As we seek to gain clarity of the future of work and emerging trends in 2022, it is evident that there is a culture change and shifting mindset that requires an intentionality regarding the human side of work and injecting more humanity.

    As Co-Presidents, we wanted to understand the industry trends and how that will affect GOOD as an organization. As such, we scoured the Internet to see what percolated to the top of 2022 projections for organizations. Essentially, what we synthesized were three (3) key considerations that as organizations, leaders, and employees are worthy of further exploration as we embark on the new year:

    1. Organizations are made up of humans...Let's humanize it!

    In the past where employees were considered a means to (“get work done”) an end (“increase the bottom line), 2020 taught us that organizations can’t truly thrive without their employees and employees typically can’t thrive in organizations that don’t consider them as humans. Not assets or human capital…but human beings!

    As such, the pressure is on organizations to re-design and re-engineer how they will not only get the work done, but also engage their employees in a way that creates inclusive, high performing work environments. These work environments will entail rethinking the organizational culture that explores the “art of possible,” embraces a changing workforce, redefines how technology is used to create an “ecosystem of physical and virtual workplaces – and the expectations around how to collaborate, engage, and relate to each other” (Delloitte, 2021, para. 6). Therefore, the human experience needs to be at the center of organizations move forward, while also adapting the places and spaces they will work (i.e., hybrid workplaces) and emerging technology that support daily collaboration and productivity while considering the future that artificial intelligence (AI) will play. Essentially, organizations must be intentional in assessing their strategies to bring both the physical and digital worlds together “creating “a new phygital workplace for their workforce to optimally enable them to do their best work in the best place in the best way.”

    As a professional organization, GOOD continues to explore how to strike the right balance between the best way (virtual?) and best place (in person?) to do our best work (come together to learn, grow, and network). In our recent membership survey, 36% of respondents were very comfortable meeting in-person, while 36.07% were somewhat comfortable, 6.56% didn’t have strong feelings either way and ~20% were somewhat uncomfortable. While we yearn for that human connection, many members also commented that “I LOVE the virtual meetings”, found that they were flexible and convenient allowing many members to attend more often vs. having to commute or travel to meetings. As an organization, now more than ever, GOOD is entering a new phygital world. As leaders, we will continue to focus on the human needs of our membership to figure out the best way forward in 2022.

    2. If we are going to lead…Let’s lead Intentionally.

    A recent Forbes article, discussing the Top 4 Leadership Trends which highlighted the following areas of focus for 2022: 1. connecting to people, 2. focus on employee experience, 3. career pathways and succession planning, and 4. creating a culture of adaptability and accountability. This aligns with GOOD leadership’s focus, and we will continue to intentionally lead with these in mind. As practitioners, we are “dedicated to encouraging innovation, promoting excellence, and increasing awareness of OD in organizations,” we will be intentional in creating “a diverse and interactive community that provides continuous learning by sharing ideas, resources and best practices.” Creating an inclusive and meaningful member experience, that supports the career growth and future aspirations is our continued commitment to our members. Our flagship programming, the Bi-Monthly meetings are an all-time favorite of our members, with membership survey respondents ranking the following aspects as very value and valuable: speakers (93.45%), presentation topics (95.08%), sharing best practices (91.81%), networking with other OD professionals (85.25%) and interactive activities (78.69%).

    “We encouraged leaders to take five key actions—reflect, recommit, reengage, rethink, and reboot—to begin planning and strengthening their position in the market.” On December 13, 2021, there was a Board Transition Meeting where the 2021 leadership did an official handoff to the incoming 2022 Board. In January 2022, we will host a Strategy Meeting to reflect, recommit, reengage, rethink and reboot for the coming year. We intend to lead intentionally by incorporating our members' feedback and recommendations.

    3. "Hey organizations! I'm evaluating you, like you evaluate me."

    According to the recent Korn Ferry report, Future of Work Trends 2022: The Era of Humanity, it states that there has been a fundamental shift in the minds of employees. “Power has shifted. From organizations to people. From profit to mutual prosperity. From “me” to “we” (p. 2). Employees are confident in their skills, worth, and value alignment which is a contributing factor to the Great Resignation. In a recent survey of 700 professionals, 30% indicated that they were considering leaving their jobs even though they did not have something lined up and 74% believed turnover will continue to be high in 2022. Therefore, employees are expecting leaders and organizations to be intentional in understanding their individual needs and desires, including but not limited to, flexible work schedules including remote work, enhanced benefits (i.e., sign-on bonuses, childcare & caregiver accommodations, educational reimbursement, medical care, etc.) and opportunities for career development to upskill or reskill to be marketable for the new ways of working.

    We would argue that our members are also feeling this shift in their work, in their life and in their role with GOOD. The 2021 Membership Survey was GOOD’s evaluation and in the spirit of full transparency, members have access to the results.  While this is just the beginning, we want to continue to hear from you throughout 2022 and beyond. Please feel free to email Krystena and Xaulanda directly at We’d love to hear from you!

    "2022 is where it gets intentional."

    In closing, while at times it may be uncomfortable, change is the only constant in life and work. “If 2020 and 2021 were years of unplanned reinvention, 2022 is where it gets intentional.” (Korn Ferry, 2021, p. 5). As a professional organization that values our GOOD members and community, we are excited about the emerging 2022 trends that are challenging us to focus more on the human side of work. It’s GOOD to shift mindsets.

    Xaulanda Simmons-Emmanuel and Krystena Sterling, Co-Presidents

  • Wednesday, November 03, 2021 12:33 PM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Change is the only constant…

    The idea of change tends to bring feelings of uncertainty and concern, especially when we don’t know what the outcome will be. In a 2015 online study, over 600 respondents reported that while 9 out of 10 people saw their lives differently in five (5) years, approximately 2/3 of them stated that the uncertainty of the future worried them. In 2020, many things changed, individually and collectively on a global scale, that only served to intensify the feelings of worry.

    As we bring 2021 to a close and we approach 2022 with cautious optimism, there are a few things I have observed for myself, among my professional and personal networks, as well as within the GOOD community:

    Change involves an end, a transition, and a new beginning - happening concurrently.

    Most times, change is viewed as the end of a known situation, with the uncertainty of a new beginning and how will we bridge the gap as we work through that change. The process of change is not statistic or linear, it’s dynamic. While we like to perceive that life is remaining constant and that gives us some comfort, the fact is that we change every second, every minute, every hour of every day. Essentially, life begins with birth, ends with death and the transition is the life journey in between. For example, while the human body may replenish itself every 7 years, our muscles take about 24 hours to recover from a workout and adults take an average of 12 to 16 breathes per minute. Therefore, whether you are conscious of it or not, it’s a ‘24/7 ever changing gig’ that happens from the time we take our first breath to our last.  Therefore, the only constant is change.

    A positive change mindset makes the world of difference. 

    We may not be able to choose what changes may come our way, but we can choose a mindset that offers a more positive outlook to the experiences that change brings. Even during the difficult times, such as our collective experience of COVID, it is filled with opportunities to reset, reflect, learn, grow, explore diverse and sometimes polarizing perspectives, while determining our paths forward. Therefore, if we choose to focus on the negative, often we will see overwhelming more negativity. However, if we choose to have a positive mindset of curiosity, openness, and nimbleness - the fluidity of the change process may feel less restrictive and confining. Either way, we can choose to see the changes of life as the glass half full or the glass half empty…both will make the world of difference.

    We are more resilient than we may think.

    Change is often accompanied with fear of the unknown. Yet as things happen to and around us, we need to explore the unknown. We need to confront those things that scare us, and more times than not, it really is not as scary as we thought. Or we realize – we are more resilient than we may think! One of the things that makes experiencing change an adventure are the people that go through it with you. Those that are there to cheer you on, walk beside you along the way, or even the ‘haters’ provide the benefit of intensified motivation to prove them wrong. Either way, many times it is the changes, particularly those that we questioned whether or not we would survive, are the ones that stretch and teach us that we are truly more resilient than we think.

    Change at GOOD

    So, as the calendar year comes to an end, so does a chapter in the GOOD journey with our current Board of Directors and Leadership team. While some remain, others end their terms, and many have moved to other roles within the GOOD community, I want to take this opportunity to say, “Thank you for your Leadership & Service!” The last two years have truly been a journey of ever changing and challenging circumstances within and outside of GOOD.

    However, your commitment and care for our community- like change - remained constant. With our Board Elections and membership renewal, GOOD will have a change of leadership and a possible shift in our community. For the remainder of 2021, we will be in a transition but look forward to welcoming in our new leaders and creating a more inclusive environment for all members in 2022 and beyond. Change is the only constant…and change can be GOOD.

    Krystena Sterling


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