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Fall Board Retreat
by
Fara Choi Ashimoto
on
September 27, 2012
| Resilience | From the Office |

 Photo: Rick and Anne enjoying a short break

Last week, we had our annual Fall Retreat with the Headington Institute board and staff in Dana Point, CA. It was a great way to reconnect with each other, and hear feedback from the Board regarding our growth and future as an organization. At these retreats, much is accomplished, yet we still have time to rest and enjoy each others' company. We also use this time to hear from outside speakers and gain insight on topics related to the humanitarian context. This year, we heard a helpful presentation about change management, and how to shepherd staff when organizational changes take place. Sometimes when change happens, we focus on the outcomes, and not on people and how the change might affect them -- hence the importance of change management. Change can challenge our sense of self, and our core beliefs or values. It might even affect our ability to do our job well. Change managers work to understand how a specific change will impact the people in the organization and they create plans aimed at helping them on the continuum. This doesn't sound so different from our desire to prepare aid workers well before going out into the field (a big change), or after they return. [caption id="attachment_1243" align="alignleft" width="300"] View from our hotel[/caption] This small introduction to the principles and concepts of change management stimulated a lively discussion about ways to apply these concepts to the work we do at Headington. Both the staff and board members came away from the presentation thinking about organizational change with a new perspective. Learning about Change Management + productive Board Discussions + Good Company + scenic landscape makes for a Board Retreat worth coming to!      

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