2011 Ahead

Another year has ended and the new one is hurrying along. It’s barely three weeks old and we’ve had a new Congress, the shooting in Arizona, snow across the entire country, and the iphone on Verizon. With that as an opening, there’s no telling where 2011 might go.

2010 in review

Berthoud Consulting highlights include AFSCME Local 3299 in California who completed an ambitious 10-year strategic plan. We worked with leaders, members and staff for months to develop a realistic ambitious vision and the steps to achieve it. Rather than assume the future was too uncertain to plan, they chose to claim a vision and write the story of their success. There will be inevitable detours but their energy and commitment makes success much more likely than does reacting to someone else’s agenda. (See also What are you for?,  The Plan Starts NOW!, and  But Is It Strategic Planning?.)

Berthoud Consulting supported the merger of the Save Darfur Coalition and the Genocide Intervention Network as they combined resources and strategies to stop genocide. After addressing the understandable anxiety, we worked with the staff and board to clarify vision, theory of change, board/staff relations, culture, and programmatic priorities. The consultation will conclude in early 2011. 

A special delight was collaborating with several colleagues. Not only did the clients benefit but I enjoyed learning with and from others.

The year of consulting and teaching (American University/NTL, Marygrove College, and NTL Institute) came to a close with a happy present. The Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry special issue on The Capacity of Organization Development Diversity Consulting to Foster Systemic Change for Social Justice included “Diversity Initiative in a Social Change Organization:  A Case Study“, an article I co-authored with Jen Ray of NARAL Pro-Choice America about our work together. See excerpt or contact me for the full article. 

On a personal note, I took the trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands, with my mother and my friend, Kendra. I showed my nephews Washington, DC, and continued yoga and hiking.

2011 Ahead

In addition to consulting, I will teach Use of Self, the signature course in the American University/NTL Institute Masters in Organization Development program taking the baton from Edie Seashore, founder of the program, and Charlie Seashore who together piloted and taught the course for 30 years. I will return to the Gestalt International Study Center on Cape Cod for Leading Nonprofit Organizations March 9-11. (Make your reservations now!) I’m also happy to serve on the Program Committee for the Organization Development Network Conference happening in Baltimore October 30-November 2.

I’m full of appreciation for clients, colleagues, friends and family who share this journey called life. How fabulous to support and be supported in our efforts to make a difference.

May 2011 give you all you need,



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