OD to Obama

President-elect Barack Obama is getting a lot of input right now from many places around the world.

The other day on LinkedIn, I saw an interesting question, posed by OD consultant and executive coach Pamela Thompson Walker of Washington D.C.:

~ If the Organization Development Network were sending an open letter to President Elect Obama advising him on how to lead and implement the change he based his campaign on, what advice would you give him and why?

As an organization development guy, I'd offer Mr. Obama the following thoughts:

- You campaigned about change. People voted for you because they felt the need for change. Now be the change.

- Get the whole system in the room when addressing each change project.

- When making change, be careful not to lose what's working well.

- Remember the Change Prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, December 11, 2008


Toni said…
I agree and would add...continue to listen deeply; continue to invite a wide range of opinions; continue to remain humble and stay above the fray of self-interest. Being change is dynamic, not static. It's not an act, its a life long process. I believe this is fundamental to who he is as a person and a leader.

Finally, keep the 'trust-o-meter' calibrated to avoid allowing the seeds of distrust to take root and grow among members of his cabinet.
Terrence Seamon said…
Great points, Toni.


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