Mental Model Dōjō | Corporate Innovation Forum

November 14 Session (free)

Listen to the Middle Managers Blues

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  • Session A: Nov 14 (Tue) 08:00 SGP, Nov 13 (Mon) 20:00 US EST, 19:00 CST, 17:00 PST
  • Session B: Nov 14 (Tue) 18:00 SGP, 14:00 DXB, 12:00 PAR, 11:00 LON

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Listen to the Middle Managers Blues


The truth is, almost all of us are middle managers, and we sing the blues. Sandwiched between up and down and left and right, everyday is a struggle against the many constraints of the workplace.

Same old, same old, that’s how it is; the sense of powerlessness and resignation, that’s how the blues sounds. Or not?

With humor and empathy, how about we embrace the blues and see light in it? Change from the middle? Bring it on! Expanding one’s circle of influence? Sounds like a promising personal challenge. Sense making and seeing the organization from a systems perspective, or how about putting on an anthropologist hat? It’s one thing to sing the blues, another thing to have the awareness of our blues, and play with it. Who said we can’t have fun at work? 🙂

In the dōjō session we’ll do a three chairs of empathy exercise to deeply empathize with ourselves and fellow middle managers. And diverge, converge – thereafter openly discuss how we can make our day-to-day life at work less miserable and stressful, and more fulfilling and rewarding. I think we can use some group self-therapy; join us!

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About the Mental Model Dōjō

We’ve got to have many mental models in our head, and array our experiences on a “latticework” of mental models, says Charlie Munger. OD (Organization Development) in today’s context is nothing but complex. There’s no magic bullet singular solution to the many challenges that leaders and teams face in day-to-day work. We need a multiplex of tools, approaches, frameworks, i.e. mental models.

We created the Mental Model Dōjō learning community at Agile OD to foster lifelong learning for our current and alumni clients, and to invite anyone with the learning mindset to explore and experiment the many cognitive tools, thinking frameworks, communication approaches, collaboration modalities and, simply put, philosophies created by the great minds of old and new.

About the Modern General Management Forum

Managing teams and organizations in today’s accelerating world is nothing but complex. Whether you are a project lead, division head, country manager or CxO, the ability as an “integrator” of people and processes across different domains of expertise and technology is key.

This is a broad skill – it’s general management, with a modern twist. Let’s take a fresh look at general management in today’s context; come join our forum and learn and explore with us the wide range of Modern General Management KSAs (knowledge, skills, abilities) adaptive to the needs of our evolving world.

Each forum session will be in group coaching and discussion format facilitated by Agile OD coaches. Participation is free.

About Agile OD

Hi, thank you for your interest in Agile Organization Development. My name is Coach Takeshi and I lead our growing tribe of now 30 plus expert coaches, trainers, facilitators and consultants from all around the world.

I created Agile OD as a force for good in our rapidly evolving world. Our focus is on helping leaders, teams and organizations make the workplace a better place for all so that we can enjoy more fullfilling and valuable work.

That’s why we are first and foremost learning professionals – our work is “inside-out” helping people develop and master the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for reaching their individual, team and organizational goals.

We work at all levels of the organization, from C-suite to corporate strategy teams managing mission critical organizational change, transformation and innovation programs, HR teams facilitating learning & development programs for their talent, business units and product development teams aspiring to achieve high and hyper performance, and with love and care any individual person seeking support for their personal and professional development.

We work with all sizes of organizations, from multi-national corporations to public entities, SMEs and startups.

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