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Creating Futures that Matter Today


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Anna Pool is a business consultant and strategic thinker who has facilitated leadership and organizational development across a broad range of industries and clients, including Michelin, Shell, Verizon, Citi, Bayer, Nike, Raytheon and the Ford Motor Company, as well as numerous government agencies. A master-level certified executive coach with the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches, she is a trusted advisor to top leadership, providing insight, tough feedback and helping leaders build innovative and collaborative environments where the desired future state can be envisioned and systematically enabled. She is president of Executive Savvy, (www.executivesavvyinc.com), a boutique consulting firm headquartered in Durango, Colorado. Her business background includes experience at the Director and Board level of an alternative health care facility, benchmarked by the Harvard Medical School as one of the most innovative and effective of its kind. She is the former Director of Organizational Consulting for Lore International Institute (now a Korn Ferry company). She also served as the organizational learning consultant for Ford's New Business Leader program, an innovative action-learning program that was benchmarked by the International Consortium on Executive Development as among the best in the world. Anna is the author of the Bronze Telly Award-winning video series, Effective People Skills, and is the co-author of Lore's 360 Assessment of Collaborative Tendencies. She holds a Master's degree in Organizational Development from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, and has completed a two-year certification with The Gestalt Institute of the Berkshires. Website: www.futuresthatmatter.com Marjorie Parker is an organizational consultant who has been recognized for over 30 years as a thought leader in the field of creativity. A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Marjorie resides in Oslo, Norway. She has consulted with senior management in Norway's leading corporations, health care institutions and government agencies and has been a frequent speaker at international conferences on creativity and innovation. Marjorie was awarded a national scholarship from the Norwegian Council for Leadership Development and a stipend from the Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research to document her work using a shared visioning approach to organizational development. She is the author of Creating Shared Vision - The Story of a Pioneering Approach to Organizational Revitalization, published in the US, Poland, Norway and Saudi Arabia. Peter Senge, author of the acclaimed book The Fifth Discipline, wrote the following in the foreword: The story told in Creating Shared Vision is fascinating. It should be mandatory reading for those interested in revitalizing their organizations and in moving toward becoming learning organizations. The story of Creating Shared Vision has been a feature of a BBC/Open University production. Marjorie is also co-author of Dialogue - A Practical Guide (in Norwegian). She holds an M.Sc. from International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo, NY. Today Marjorie focuses on mentoring organizational consultants who are searching for new ways to develop a more creative mind-set within their own client organizations.


"The authors are true pioneers in fostering creative processes for visioning. This practical guide provides leaders at all levels with tools and perspectives that can help a team, a department or an entire organization to shape tomorrow, together. It enables innovative forms of dialogue and sets the stage for the collaborative design of preferred futures. Creating Futures That Matter Today fills an important need in leadership literature that emphasizes the importance of visioning but often provides few practical roadmaps. This book helps to fill that gap."-Juanita Brown Ph.D., Co-Founder, the World Cafe "This book is an essential guide for any senior leader or consultant who needs to help an organization get out from under the day-to-day of short-term priorities and instead, design and implement meaningful, powerful and effective organizational futures. It shows us the path through some of those seemingly impossible business moments when it's either change or become obsolete. This book is a must for all leaders who want their organizations to remain relevant in the future"- Barbara Spencer Singer, CEO of Executive Core "I am extremely impressed with the clarity and usefulness of this book! The impact on people in so many different organizations has been immense - not just in financial and growth terms - but also in catalyzing creative human talent to discover and design more innovative and meaningful organizational futures. Their work has made a real difference, and now, by reading this book, it is your turn!" -Dr. Scott G. Isaksen, Professor, Norwegian Business School (BI) "By following the unique methodology in Creating Futures that Matter Today, I was able to facilitate a powerful visioning experience that helped senior leaders in our company explore and align around a new future state. During the visioning, differences in perspective were treated with curiosity and hierarchy fell away as everyone connected around how much they care about our company's future. With the shared vision as a backdrop, follow-on conversations and business planning processes were more passionate, focused and aligned both on the business needs and the culture required to reach that vision."-Lori Costew HR Lead, Ford Smart Mobility "For the past 20 years, the author's shared visioning methodology has been a key differentiator in our award-winning cross-disciplinary Agroecology M.Sc. program. By teaching our students this approach, they are able to facilitate shared visions across multiple stakeholder groups and can intervene at a systems level without becoming bogged down in details. Using the tools described in this book, they acquire the practical know-how and courage to facilitate important changes through shared vision. Most definitely a book for educators, as well as leaders and consultants!" -Geir Lieblein, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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