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  • Monday, May 11, 2015 7:32 PM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Dr. Jack Phillips was amazing April 24 as he gave a high level overview of the process to calculate ROI on OD initiatives in organizations.  Reaction, Learning, Application, Impact, ROI are all valuable levels of evaluation addressed; ROI conservatively reports the value of OD in the language of CEOs and CFOs. 

    Because Jack literally wrote the book (actually many books) on ROI he supports any industry, sector, or non-profit organization with actual case studies where the methodology was successful applied.  

    Jack generously provided all attendees with a customized ROI workbook for GOOD and process maps of the ROI methodology.  He even provided every attendee with a copy of his book written specifically for our profession: Measuring the Success of Organization Development.  Several attendees received additional books from the library Jack brought to Orlando specifically to share with the GOOD Network.

    The ROI Institute is offering the ROI Certification in Orlando May 18-22.  For details, please click on Workshops and Conferences page on the GOOD website.  GOOD members and guests receive a 30% discount on this 5 day certification that will change how you think about your work and your organization.  You will successful articulate the value of OD interventions in dollars.  Career enhancing!

    May 2 our first ‘GOOD doing good’ event was a great success!  12 members and guests served 36 hours at A Gift for Teaching.  What a great feeling to serve great non-profit organizations that need volunteer support!  What a great way to build relationships with other GOOD members; doing good in Orlando!

    June brings our annual Best Practice event.  This is a member and guest favorite program each year as we learn what GOOD members are doing successfully, directly from them!  These are snapshots of practices, initiatives, interventions, and data gathering.  We always leave this meeting truly impressed with the talents and expertise of our members.  We look forward to seeing you there!

    Best wishes for the end of the school year, and the Memorial Day weekend to make summer official!  Please let myself or any member of our Leadership Team know how we can best support you?                  

    Our team feels privileged to represent GOOD members in 2015.  We are already thinking about 2016!  Please consider if you would like to step up to a leadership role in GOOD in 2016; roles come in all sizes.

    See you in June, 


  • Monday, March 23, 2015 9:42 AM | Anonymous member

    Our first GOOD meeting of 2015 with Stephon Williams was inspiring.  Reflecting on diversity helped us realize how far we have come and how far we have to go in terms of personal, professional, and ethical responsibilities. Our GOOD Book Club is reviewing one of the books that Stephon recommended at their meeting on April 9.

    Our first networking and social event in March was a good time.  We enjoyed getting to know our gracious Goodwill partners, new and prospective GOOD members, and members of the 2015 leadership team; no program involved! 

    Plan to join us for the "GOOD doing Good'' Community Service project on May 2.  We would like to be known for the GOOD we do in our community.  

    On April 24, GOOD Network is privileged to have Jack and Patti Phillips address us.  They are renowned for their work on ROI.  As OD professionals, proving the ROI of our work can be one of the most challenging aspects of our work.  Register now; we expect to be at capacity for this practical event.

    Reach out to your leadership team anytime you have GOOD ideas to share, and please consider sharing your best OD practices at our June 12 meeting.  See you April 24.  Thanks for being a part of the GOOD community!


  • Monday, February 09, 2015 3:32 PM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    2015 is here, and GOOD is ready!  Thanks to the invaluable perspectives offered by our members in August 2014, we have clear direction for our future.  

    If you missed it, members led, facilitated, and offered insights on GOOD purpose, meetings, programs, offerings, and leadership.  Some recommendations were implemented in 2014; with others ahead in 2015. 

    My primary responsibility is to keep us focused on your recommendations for future success. Our talented and enthused Leadership Team is fully committed to executing your great ideas.   

    I welcome your feedback at any time; directly to me or to any of our Leadership Team Board Members.  Our goal this year is to serve you well in 2015.

    You won't want to miss our February speaker who is everything our members requested!  Plus meet our LT members.  I look forward to seeing you there. 



  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 10:33 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Closing out a great year!

    Whew!  That’s my final word on 2014.  Almost 12 months ago we embarked on a new year full of possibilities for our organization, and indeed the year has not failed to deliver.  In addition to a great lineup of speakers and programs, we hit the pause button to give you, our members, an opportunity to weigh in on the future of the GOOD Network. Your participation and insight has been invaluable to the leadership team and has given us the fuel we need to reshape our team and committees to support an expanded membership experience that is now poised for the future.  

    As I depart my position as co-president, I must say how grateful I am to have been afforded the opportunity to serve such a dynamic and engaged membership!  Your professional commitment to the OD community is inspiring and your enthusiasm for the meaningful work we do embodies the spirit of our GOOD Network organization.  I look forward to serving on the advisory board in 2015 and seeing you all in our bi-monthly meetings. 


    Yes, Laura, it was a “whew” year!  I am so excited about the coming years for GOOD, based on all of the great ideas and palpable energy from the members. Many thanks to Pat Brown for stepping back into the VP Programs role this year, and providing us with a terrific lineup of programs. Thanks also to Bill Fowler for stepping back into the VP Membership role for 2014.  And to Kathryn, Michelle, Steve Humphries and Goodwill – thank you for your hospitality at the bi-monthly meetings. Carol Emmett kept her dual hat as Treasurer and Website manager even while vacationing overseas – what a commitment. And Erica, Steve, and Jerry – a pleasure serving with you and learning from your wise insight.  Kristin – you rock as a recruiter. You all have done a LOT of work and Laura and I are so grateful.

    What excites me most are all of you who have expressed an interest in being part of the GOOD leadership for 2015.  So many of you volunteered, and there is no doubt in my mind that great things are ahead for GOOD next year.

    I so appreciate the opportunity to serve as a co-President with Laura, and to work with this exceptional leadership team. Working with Vicki and Laura on the Large Group Intervention process was great, and the whole year has been a wonderful learning experience for me. It’s been a lot of fun as well.

    On to 2015!


  • Wednesday, July 09, 2014 9:27 AM | Deleted user

    That’s right – the GOOD network is for you and needs you! 

    This is the season to begin thinking about the coming year leadership – who will step up to take GOOD to the next level.

    This year, 2014, is turning out to be a year of reflection and research on the future role of the GOOD Network.   The Network is 11 years old, and as fast as the world changes, we are executing on the vision that was launched over a decade ago.  Is it still the right vision?  Perhaps.  But as OD practitioners know, leadership has to reflect and refresh in this time of constant change.

    In August we will come together to ask and answer some fundamental questions about the GOOD Network – today and in the future.  The Leadership Team will use that reflection to guide us in validating or refreshing our vision and mission.

    One thing that is abundantly clear now, however, is the need for an engaged membership who actively participates in the work of the Network.  In 2013, we restructured the Leadership Team using a Committee structure in order to involve more members in the programs and processes. 

    For the 2015 Leadership Team, we need organizational officers and committee members who will step up, share the work, and strengthen our infrastructure.

    We need YOU!

    Being part of a non-profit Board or Committee is a great learning experience.  It puts you in the critical position of leading policy, finance and operations.  In the field of OD, we don’t often get that vantage point but we need it to understand what our clients are experiencing. 

    Please consider volunteering for a leadership role in 2015.

  • Sunday, April 06, 2014 4:02 PM | Deleted user

    From Laura

    What’s on my mind …

    What a fabulous start to our year!  I hope you are one of the fortunate ones who attended our first GOOD Network meeting in February.  Ron Piccolo from Rollins provided an engaging and enlightening session on “Influencing without Authority”.  If you missed it, first, we missed YOU, but I am glad to say that all members have access to Ron’s presentation, available on this website.  I know I came away with a new interest in the subject and have started listening to choice of words to better understand other’s psychological needs.  Well done, Ron!  Well done, leadership team, for the work behind the scenes that resulted in a flawless event.  My thanks to all! 

    March…hints of our Florida Spring (lovely); the Flower and Garden Show at Epcot (fun); and that (blasted) lost hour as we turn the clocks forward.  So what is my level of engagement with the change of losing this hour every year?  I am what I would term a “sulkier.”  I do it, but I don’t like it much.  I will debate against any value statement.  I will dread it.  I will be grumpy and need more coffee in the mornings.  I will endure because I must, but I will never be a champion for the change because I see little benefit to me or anyone else.  I might even actively campaign against it (…as evidenced by this message!)

    If you’re in the midst of a stalled change effort in your organization, you might want to get a pulse on the level of support among the rank and file.  Leaders can advocate or demand compliance, but it is definitely an uphill battle.  In fact, emotional inertia around a change effort can kill it entirely.  It’s our job in OD to ensure regular, periodic check-ins with stakeholders so that the “What’s in it for me” never gets lost in the inevitable shuffle of change.  If we are really good at this, we may find fewer sulkers, and even convert a few to champions.

    From Carol

    What’s (not) on my mind…I have no mind right now – I think I packed it in a box.  You see, my family is relocating to beautiful St. Augustine.  Yes, I will stay active with GOOD, and am proud to do so.  This is a great organization and I enjoy every aspect of being a member.  And heck, it’s only a 2 hour drive.

    What a terrific kickoff to 2014 we had, with Dr. Piccolo’s presentation and a huge group of attendees.  It blew me away that we had to bring in a couple extra chairs, as the crowd was so big. 

    As I read Laura’s note, I thought, what a testament to complementary co-Presidents.  I love….I really mean love….change.  Put me in a process and by golly, I’ll change it.  Put me in a process and tell me I can’t, and I will wander around looking for something else to change.   But my change-resistant co-President is absolutely right.  When change happens in an organization, every single person needs to have the opportunity to touch it, feel it, experience it, vent about it and ultimately make the choice to support it or not.  Every single person, and yes, it is their choice (but sometimes we need to help them make it.)  Let’s multiply that by the fact that, as you can tell from Laura and me, everyone’s tolerance for change is different.  And that’s what keeps us OD folks in business.  We are the eyes and ears of “what’s really happening,” with the tools and resources to intervene.

    April promises, like these recent beautiful Spring days, to be an outstanding program.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

  • Wednesday, January 01, 2014 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    What's on my mind ... (Laura)

    January – it really is here, isn’t it?  Last year I alluded to the flip of a calendar page, and suddenly we are two weeks out from that event.  Have you gotten used to writing (or typing or texting) “2014” yet?  The start of a new year indicates fresh beginnings, and so as we roll out an exciting year of new speakers and events for our membership, I hope you will not have to miss a single one. 

    I’m currently working with a cohort of 35 mid-level leaders in a 12 month development program.  It is immensely satisfying to watch these leaders responding to content and seeing them take on professional development as a serious commitment.  One critical success factor for any development program inside an organization is that is must be aligned with the mission, culture, and work processes of the organization.   You might have a fabulous leadership development program based on best practice, solid research, and organizational analysis, but if it is not reinforced by these organizational elements, it will fail.  Alignment…respects the visible and the intangible frameworks within the organization. 

    So I’ve been thinking about alignment (can you tell?)  I want these leaders to think more deeply as they mature in leading others, and so this term “internal alignment” has bubbled up.  I must preface the next few statements with the disclaimer that this is surely not a new construct, but simply an articulation of some personal ideas about alignment.

    My thought is that internal alignment is a state of meaningfulness that is achieved when one’s work and life is aligned with one’s personal mission and values. When you are satisfied down to your core through the work in which you are engaged, then you know you have internal alignment.  Conversely, if what we are doing is not supporting our personal mission (which is founded on our personal beliefs and values), then we need to put a plan in place to move us to where this will be possible.  Paraphrasing Steven Covey, no one wants to be the person who discovers late in life that they have spent years getting to the top of a ladder that turns out to be leaning against the wrong building.

    I hope this New Year finds you solidly and completely internally aligned, and that this year will be one of great contribution for you.  Dust off that personal mission statement, or get busy writing one – and ensure that your ladder is indeed leaning against the right building.

    What's on my mind ... (Carol)

    Alignment….I love it.  While my focus has been, and will continue to be, on breaking down silos in organizations, that really is the essence of alignment.  How can you have alignment if people are thinking in swim lanes without intentionally aligning ideas, projects, technology and focus?

    I am very excited about this GOOD year, and our Leadership Team that is focused on bringing value to our members.  We have taken your survey feedback to heart, and hope to have some new concepts in meetings and networking to unveil, along with the traditional outstanding guest speakers and relevant topics.  Our first 2014 Leadership Team meeting was full of energy, and some great ideas.  Should be a great year!

    It is fun being co-President with Laura.  So far, it’s been a great partnership, and with help and guidance from Pat and the Advisory Group, we should survive our co-Presidency for 2014.

    As always, please let either of us know if there is anything you feel we could do to make certain that your membership adds the value to your professional development that we hope it does. 

    Happy New Year!!!

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:23 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Musings from Laura...Laura Newcomer

    Excited!  Engaged!  Wouldn’t you love to hear those words come out of your mouth when someone asks you about your work? It seems what I heard myself say as I dashed to the finish line of 2013 is a different “e” word...exhausted!  While I am fully aware that the divide between 2013 and 2014 is just a flip of a calendar page, there is something satisfying about checking off the final tasks of a year, winding down over the holidays, and leaning into the promise of a new year.

    To Pat and the 2013 leadership team, WELL DONE.  Thank you for setting the stage for 2014 and all the hard work that made 2013 such a great year for our organization!  Your commitment and dedication carries on in 2014, and I know Carol and I will be relying on your experience and expertise throughout 2014.

    When it comes to GOOD and 2014, I AM excited and engaged! First, it will be the advent of the new leadership model for our organization with two of us sharing the role of president. I am a huge proponent of the model.  In the lives of busy professionals, being able to share in the workload is definitely a win for GOOD and a win for the co-leaders, and hopefully will allow more people to step up in the future.  As the first pair through, Carol and I will do our best to work out the kinks!  

    Second, it looks like we’re going to have a great year of programs in 2014.  I can’t say a lot more until things are firmed up, but I believe the speakers and programs will be, well, exciting and engaging!

    More Musings from Carol...Carol Anderson

    Laura said the THANK YOUs well to Pat and the 2013 Leadership Team, and I add my voice as well.  Each of the 2013 programs was excellent, with relevant content and terrific speakers.  We have a tough act to follow.  But I applaud the efforts that went into designing the new leadership structure, and believe it is a perfect way to share the workload and the excitement as the organization continues to grow.  

    Our new VPs and their committees will be bringing new programs, communication and membership processes to make sure that the GOOD network continues to evolve and provide value to the members.  Laura and I would like to thank these folks in advance for what we know will be great work!

    It has been great getting to know Laura, and learning from Pat, and I think the concept of co-presidency is off to a great start.  As Laura said, there will be kinks, so we ask your forgiveness now for any “kinkiness” you may experience.

    GOOD is an amazing organization, with one of the more active and involved membership I’ve seen in a professional organization.  Laura and I will do our best, along with the rest of the leadership team, to continue the fantastic heritage.

    Here’s to 2014!

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:53 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)

    Where has the year gone?  It seems like just a few minutes ago that I was introducing myself as the 2013 GOOD Network President.  

    Here we are, well into November.  And what a year it has been!  Record numbers in our membership.  Large and energetic attendance at our meetings.  Good, engaging, compelling speakers, including our very own at the June Best Practices session.  More volunteering than ever to help in leadership roles with an eye on 2014.  Classy, quality people throughout the GOOD Network.  

    It has been great to be along for the ride.  Those of you who know me (and by now, I think that's most of you!) know that I have enjoyed being your President.  In fact, it has been so much fun that I won't go away in 2014.  I look forward to passing the baton to co-presidents Laura Newcomer and Carol Anderson.  They bring with them experience and insight that can only build upon what has already been done.  And they will have a lot of help!

    I can't avoid mentioning our wonderful hosts, those at Goodwill who make our meetings run so smoothly in the terrific facility they provide for us.  I look forward to seeing all of you there for networking, fellowship, and Scott Tannenbaum on December 13.

    Pat Brown

  • Wednesday, September 04, 2013 11:32 AM | Carol Emmett (Administrator)


    As we near the end of the third quarter of 2013, it is a time to look forward. 

    We look forward to our October 11 meeting, which will feature Listening expert Rick Bommelje.  Most of us are better talkers and additional insight there is not what we need.  But listening?  Most individuals, groups, and organizations are not where they should be in that arena.  I know that I will gain insight from the meeting, and I believe many of you will as well. 

    We also look forward to hearing from Organizational Effectiveness expert Scott Tannenbaum at our December 13 meeting.   And 2014 promises yet more top-flight speakers.  All this, of course, is coupled with more networking with an ever-increasing number of GOOD Network members! 

    We look forward to distributing our annual Survey to make sure we are doing the right things and avoiding the wrong ones.  The Survey's results also help us steer the GOOD Network toward topics, events, and ways of doing things that you tell us you want.

    We look forward to revamping our Leadership Team structure and communication capabilities in order to better serve all network members.  You will hear more about this soon.

    Most of all, I look forward to seeing all of you again on October 11!  

    Pat Brown

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