Greater Orlando Organization Development Network

President's Message

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  • 01 Jan 2018 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Good Members, 

    As the 2018 incoming President for GOOD Network, I am truly honored to work with the outstanding talented individuals on our Leadership Board, Communities of Practice, and our  members in our OD profession.  I will work hard to enhance your dedication to promoting the OD profession and meet your expectations as an organization.  

    I cannot do this alone, and I am grateful for the team of talented, knowledgeable, and humble professionals I am privileged to work with.  There are familiar names and new people that have joined on our Board and CoP and organization committees. Refer to the organizational chart for names of our leadership team and their roles in GOOD Network.  I encourage you to meet someone new each time you attend a GOOD Network event.  

    Our Greater Orlando OD Network now has over 200 members and is comprised of corporate members and individual consultants.  

    When contemplating the message to share with you all, the key word I chose is innovation. To better understand the significance of the word, I thought a brief overview of the history of OD as a profession and background on our local chapter should be the starting place to embrace how technology and innovation are changing our profession. Some of you may not know about the history of our profession, my hope is you find this of interest and value. For more information about the OD Network, go to The Organization Development Network website.

    Bill Gellermann and Mark Frankel spearheaded a global effort to develop and disseminate a statement of values and ethics in organization and human systems development. Their efforts brought together widespread support, over 600 people from 25 countries that referenced values and ethics in our profession that established a Statement of Values and Ethics and an Organization and Human Systems Development Credo that is the framework of OD.  

    A brief summary of the OD Network Credo is 

    Our purpose as professionals is to facilitate processes by which human beings and human systems live and work together for their mutual benefit and mutual well-being. Our practice is based on a widely shared learning and discovery process dedicated to a vision of people living meaningful, productive, good lives in ways that simultaneously serve them, their organizations, their communities, their societies, and the world.

    We are an interdependent community of professionals whose practice is based on the applied behavioral sciences and other related sciences, a human systems perspective, and both human and organizational values. We serve people at all system levels, ranging from individuals and groups to organizations, communities, and ultimately the global community.  

    The expanded latest version of the Credo is found here and definitely worth a read that requires reflection.  It is beautiful and should make you feel proud of what you do. 

    Moving to our own Greater Orlando OD Network, I was fortunate to have time with Vicki Lavendol, [previous GOOD Network President and current executive leadership member] who shared 2014 strategic plan as part of my orientation. This helped me have greater appreciation into the thought leadership behind our professional organization.  There were three overarching themes established:

    1. Enhance bi-monthly meeting value with quality standards
    2. Expand value beyond bi-monthly meetings, thus communities of practice were born
    3. Engage greater leadership and volunteer opportunities

    The individuals that spent time and forethought in 2014 by creating GOOD Network best practice standards at that retreat made it possible for our chapter to be recognized as with an Outstanding Regional Network Award in 2015 from the national OD Network.  When I interviewed for the position of President of GOOD Network, I knew I wanted to keep those standards in place and work to have our chapter recognized for that award again.   I am so excited to work with the seasoned members of the leadership team and the new members that bring such rich experience and background to our organization.  I look forward to meeting with the executive team in January 2018 to look at those guidelines with the goal of achieving that recognition again.  

    My goals for 2018 during my tenure as President include: 

    1. Apply and win recognition as an outstanding regional chapter organization
    2. Unify and expand our communication outreach through multiple social channels that share the GOOD Network news and recognize individuals in our membership
    3. Educate our members about trends and future innovation in our profession. The Organization Development Network Annual Conference (October 18-October 21, 2018) and will be held in Alexandria, Virginia. I encourage you all to attend the conference.  I plan on attending and will share the latest in our profession with you through blog articles and updates via social channels. What a great way to network with others in our profession and expand your reach outside of Orlando. My hope is to bring awareness to other OD professionals attending and encourage them to connect with our membership and look for opportunities to bring awareness to our region that expands our reach.

    We have new communities of practice you can attend from a monthly book club featuring the book we received in October (Radical Collaboration), to webinars about trends in technology, external AND internal consulting groups, a new training and learning group, coaching, and mentoring.  We continue to push the boundaries and find ways to bring more value to our members based on feedback and the wonderful network of individuals that step up to volunteer. 

    Over the next year, your GOOD Network board will work to respond to the ever-changing needs of our field.  We will enhance networking opportunities, strategic solutions, and continue to expand our member services.  We will continue to advocate for our profession, increase our visibility in the community, and incorporate breakout sessions and panel discussions in our meetings.  We will continue to recognize our membership for all they bring to GOOD Network through appreciation events and through social channels, along with other resources that enhance the GOOD Network’s benefit to its members.

    I look forward to meeting each person that is a member of the GOOD Network.  I encourage you to reach out to me at or speak with me at one of our regularly scheduled program meetings, communities of practice or networking events.


    Isabella Johnston, President

  • 27 Jan 2017 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to the GOOD Network 2017.  Can you believe that we are entering our 14th year?  Your Leadership Team is excited and looking forward in continuing to offer interactive, diverse, and dynamic learning opportunities that will make a positive impact on our members and the organizations our members serve.

    In addition to the fabulous bi-monthly meetings we are working on, we are continuing this year in bringing added value to your membership through the multiple community of practice groups, the mentoring program, regular social events,  and service projects through out the year.   

    Your Leadership Team also hopes to build a community where you feel like you belong.  We are available to answer questions, take suggestions or help you in getting better connected.  Just reach out to us.  But don’t be surprised if we reach out to you first. We are here to make your GOOD Network experience great and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!  


    Rob Rogers

  • 26 Dec 2016 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have a lot to celebrate. But first let me say as we close out the GOOD Network year for 2016, what a pleasure it has been to serve you.  We have ended the year with a membership of over 180,we have multiple, active Community of Practice groups meeting often, and relationships being formed and developed through our regular socials and mentoring program.  Our 2016 member survey told us that you are very satisfied with our bi­monthly programs and that you continue to find this organization of great value.   I want to say thank you to the entire group of leadership team members and volunteers who have made this a fantastic year for the GOOD Network. We recently voted for the 2017 Leadership Team and I have recently met with them. Let me say that they are fabulous and talented people who really love this organization.  As I lead us again in 2017, please know that we are open to your suggestions and feedback and we hope that you will invite your friends and colleagues to visit a bi­monthly meeting very soon.

  • 30 Jul 2016 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GOOD Network is comprised of professionals who are performing OD, HR, training, consulting, coaching, mentoring, administration, management and more.  Your GOOD Network is well respected in Central Florida and within the OD community at-large. There are many reasons for our success.  One is that we have an amazing membership that has sustained and grown for over 11 years.  You’re involvement continues to support the learning and development of one another and the organizations where we serve.  If you have never attended one of the Community of Practice groups, schedule to attend one.  They’re fantastic!  And don’t worry if your job title doesn’t match the COP group name.  You are welcome to attend any and all of them.  Who knows, you may just be surprised at what your learn and who you’ll meet.

    Rob Rogers, President

  • 01 Apr 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear GOOD Network members, 

    In this post,  I want to highlight one of the benefits to being a GOOD Network member that you may not think about normally. The website! This resource not only allows you to register for all of our events but it offers so much more. Let me draw your attention to the Member Directory. Our network represents many organizations, in both for­profit and not­for­profit sectors. Our members are professionals who want to support one another and they do it so well. Whether you are looking for that next position, need professional advice, or just want to get to know someone better over coffee or a meal, don’t forget to resource the Member Directory. 

    Rob Rogers 

    2016 GOOD Network President

  • 29 Feb 2016 6:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What can you do to make the most of your GOOD Network membership? Is improving your network important to you? Are you needing to build relationships with like­minded individuals or are you hoping to meet someone who can introduce you to your next position? Is it time to investigate open leadership positions? Is professional development most important to you? Whether you’re attending the bi­monthly programs, a SIG or a social event, identify your expectation and determine what action you will need to take that will support your membership GOOD GOALS. Together we’ll make 2016 great! 

    Rob Rogers, President

  • 14 Dec 2015 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is my honor and pleasure to serve as the 2016 President for GOOD Network. 

    Ever since I joined in April of 2011, the benefits of my membership have yet to cease, and I’m sure that you can relate.  Our bi-monthly programs and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meetings always leave me walking away with timely tools and best practices that I can apply to work, home, and play.  The networking is rich here as well because our members are both knowledgable OD professionals, but are also willing to serve each other with their expertise, encouragement and support.  

    This year I, along with our GOOD Network Leadership Team, will continue to build on the strengths that have made this network so special, increase the value of membership and plan volunteering events that benefit the Central Florida community.

    Please reach out to me with questions, suggestions or just to introduce yourself if we haven’t met yet.  I look forward to seeing you in 2016!


    Rob Rogers

  • 13 Dec 2015 8:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The GOOD Network had a great 2015!  

    2015 successes to celebrate include these and more:
    • GOOD  has 48 corporate/159 individual members. 
    • About 550 attended the great programs at Goodwill.
    • 2016 programs are scheduled for a year of growth. 
    • GOOD financial position is strong; but membership renewals provide for our speakers and meals. 
    • GOOD doing good debuted with 2 volunteer events.
    • We had a successful social event for members.  
    • The highlight of the year was winning the Outstanding Regional Network Award at ODN      (The Organization Development Network).

    Thank you for making the GOOD Network great!  Your active participation and support are highly valued.  Together let’s welcome 2016 and the GOOD 2016 volunteer leadership team!  

    Happy Holidays,


  • 28 Sep 2015 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you as amazed as I am that 2015 is drawing to a close?  What a GOOD year it has been so far, and more still to come!

    Friday we completed our second GOOD doing good event supporting our amazing host and partner Goodwill.  It is a wonderful program to encourage reading by young children. 

    Goodwill schedules volunteer readers in elementary classrooms, and then provides each child with their very own book from Goodwill! 

    Should you have books that your children or grandchildren have outgrown, please consider donating them by bringing them to the next GOOD meeting. 

    We will have a donation bin near registration for books or any personal or household items that you may bring to donate.  What an easy way to serve our community and support the mission of Goodwill; providing jobs.

    So far this year we have renewed our commitment to diversity in our presenters and in our workplaces.  We have learned how to show the return on the investments that our clients make, ensuring our continued influence.

    We once again marveled at the talents among our members at our annual best practice meeting.  And we took a fresh look at meeting design to ensure meetings that we lead are highly effective and efficient.

    Dr. Charlene Rousseau will lead us October 16 focusing on Coaching for Performance: Leader as Coach.  We are looking forward to a very interactive learning experience, and we are counting on you to participate with us.

    Another important event at our October meeting: we will be voting on the GOOD Leadership Team for 2016!  We are delighted to begin the leadership transition process earlier to allow for an enhanced learning and communication process. 

    Your vote is important, and you will want to meet our new Leadership Team.  We do still have openings for volunteers in 2016!  Or start considering if  perhaps 2017 will be your year to contribute to GOOD as a leader.

    Thank you for your support and your feedback, which gives us direction to continue to craft GOOD to meet your professional development, service, and networking goals.  Our members are the network that makes it GOOD!

    We look forward to seeing you at GOOD on October 16th.

    Thank you for being a part of GOOD,


  • 12 Jul 2015 11:07 PM | Anonymous member

    July 12, 2015

    What an amazing presentation by GOOD Members at our Annual Best Practices program in June!  Seven OD professionals taught us and inspired us with their areas of expertise in the profession we love.  If you have not presented for GOOD members (previously or lately), please start now to consider speaking next June.  The most challenging part of this meeting is selecting from so many terrific topics submitted!

    Speaking of 2016, surely you realize that 2015 is now past the half way mark.  Again in August members will have the opportunity to speak to current and past GOOD LT members about leadership roles in 2016.  We will do our best to give you a ‘realistic job preview’; along with all we have gained from the privilege of guiding the GOOD Network to and through another amazing year of growth and success.

    Chuck Mallue will guide our thinking about meetings at our August 14 GOOD meeting.  Imagine the pressure on the leader of a meeting where meeting effectiveness is the topic!  Since OD practitioners are known for focus on processes and continuous improvement, this meeting will meet our needs.  Consider the return on investment for your client group when you lead more effective meetings!

    Thank you to GOOD Network founders who had a vision for OD professionals in the Orlando area.  Thanks to their vision and hard work, and the work of all the GOOD Leadership Team members since then, we have an incredibility opportunity to learn and teach, to mentor and to be mentored, to serve and to be served, to network and to build relationships.  What a gift from former and current leaders!

    See you in August,

    Vicki Lavendol, SPHR

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