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Using an Indigenous Medicine Wheel to Facilitate Organizational Improvement

September 12 | 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Presented by Annie Jones, professor & organization development and tribal nations specialist, Division of Extension

Content level: introductory

The medicine wheel has been used for centuries by Indigenous peoples as a method of organizing thinking to help effectively bring about desired change. This session explored how a medicine wheel, cultural teachings, and other Indigenous methodologies can be used to facilitate organizational development, change, planning, and evaluation efforts. Attendees experienced the medicine wheel in action and left with a personal action plan and a PATI (purpose, assessment, tactics, and implementation) framework to adapt for their own work.

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PATI Framework

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Continuous Improvement and Process Mapping: An Essential Introduction

October 5 | 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. (Union South)

October 26 | 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. (Memorial Union)

November 16 | 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. (Union South)

Presented by Elizabeth Fadell and Jim Thompson, internal consultants, Office of Strategic Consulting

Content level: introductory

In this session, attendees started with the fundamentals of process mapping techniques and progressed to advanced practices for visualizing and analyzing processes. Participants examined real-world case studies to demonstrate the practical application of a variety of tips and tricks and walked away with a clear idea of how to understand current processes and identify opportunities for improvement in their work.

These sessions were held in person; no recordings are available.

Harnessing Your Inner Designer for Resilience in a Dynamic Workplace

November 1 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Presented by Holly Anne Burns, teaching, learning & technology specialist, and Trudy Watt, academic director, Master of Science in Design and Innovation

Content level: introductory

This session explored three common scenarios where innate creativity and design thinking made a positive impact on everyday work. Through interactive discussions and thought experiments, participants gained a deeper understanding of how embracing design thinking can improve workflows, enhance team interactions, and elevate final outputs.

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Unlocking Organizational Excellence: Empower Your Team, Optimize Resources, and Drive Results

December 7 | 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Presented by Steve Bialek, internal consultant, and Alyson Pohlman, assistant director of consulting operations, Office of Strategic Consulting

Content level: introductory

In this session, attendees learned about five proven strategies to optimize an organization, prioritize people, and maximize valuable resources.


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