Here are the tools, downloads and resources that clients and I have found useful.  

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Partnerships & Teams:

See the full 7 Secrets, Success with Team post with photos here.


Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation:

See the full blog post with resources here:  Think like an Entrepreneur: Be Anti-Fragile No Matter Where You Work from the recent American Business Women’s Association presentation in Ann Arbor, Michigan

A sample of Associate Professor Sara Saravathy’s work on entrepreneurship and effectuation is here.


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Deb’ recent FRAME Change Management SlideShare at the recent Knowledge Management Institute Showcase in Arlington, VA.

FRAME an Energized Approach to Adaptive Change, Smart Process AND Lasting Results from Deb Nystrom
For personalized change, see Deb’s photos, the Anti-Fragile handout on this page and notes from the Women of Color Task Force conference presentation.
This is the SlideShare, from the session, for starters:

More information and photos of the Open Space Technology proceedings are here (Deb’s speaking events page).

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Performance & Teams

  • The Membership, Control, Goal (MCG) model - to help teams develop, is available here.
  • The teamwork Control & Leadership model (relevant to the MCG model above) is here
  • The Belbin® Team Roles framework is here to clarify team contributions, needs.  (Note: Belbin roles are a starting point, not an ending point for team roles.)

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  • Strategic Action: Find your way forward through multiple perspectives with Preferred Futuring  (.pdf download)  including Current Situation:  What’s Working, What’s Not!
  • The classic (1 page version) 7S Organization Effectiveness Model or McKinsey 7-S by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman ~ A Diagnostic Model for Organizational Effectiveness.  Also see Marvin Weisbord’s model.


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for Higher Education Faculty Leaders and Non-Profit Executives

  • The video below helps explain the power of coaching.  My specialty is infused with 20 years of in-depth practical, intrapreneurial experience based in organization development (OD) change practices in large, complex, decentralized and centralized organizations.
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      • In the interview, I covered the  the three “Cs” of coaching, also referred to as 3 core competencies of coaching.   These are the coach having the ability to:


        • Connect with his or her person being coached
        • Clarify (produce clarity) for the coaching client according to HIS or HER definition, intention – NOT the coaches version
        • Commit to an action that produce results in line with the client’s overall coaching goals and desired outcomes.
      • I’m also social and digital media savvy via work with the Social Media Learning Lab since 2011, which has been very helpful to my coaching clients.
        •  Want to find out more about my confidential coaching work with you or someone in your organization?  There’s a handy calendar scheduler on my CONTACT  page here.


Groups, Retreats & Preferred Futuring & Open Space

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Social Media learning resources

Samples of social media events via Deb's 3rd area of expertise, the Social Media Learning Lab

Samples of social media events via Deb’s 3rd area of expertise, the Social Media Learning Lab


Other Good Stuff

  • Deb’s coaching services page is here.  (Executive, leader, team, transition, change, careers)
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Tools Mix and Match General List

      • The MCG team development model - Membership, Control, Goal - why some groups are able to produce a good-to-great results and why others don’t => is available here  (Powerpoint doc.)  The full article (2 pages) explaining how MCG works is here.
      • Preferred Futuring - A robust, flexible process for planning.  Integrates well with many aspects of strategy development and visioning.  1 page overview is  here (Word doc.)
      • SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) described quite well hereThough Preferred Futuring incorporates SWOT elements (featuring a different approach using Environmental Scanning), SWOT is effective for general planning for many groups.
      • A sample Retreat Planning process - with a focus on creating a strategic direction (plan) is here Retreat sample flowchart (pdf)
      • Meeting Agendas - PAL & PACT  using the structure for meetings:  PAL – Purpose, Agenda, Limit  and PACT – Purpose, Agenda, Critique, Time
      • People and Task - Too many meetings and projects are long on task, and short on people elements.  Adding a simple “Welcome!”  and “Hi, How are you?” with a sincerely managed, brief check-in on how people are doing and if there are pressing issues can help greatly with the task/people balance for both meetings and with entire projects.
      • Ladder of Inference - A good theoretical model that helps capture the invisible in  communication, available here.  Practically, when communicating,  inferences and beliefs are referenced in a nanosecond, with implications that impact communication for days, weeks, years.


Libraries and Other Tools

        • Change Wiki by Nexus for Change here
        • UM’s Business and Finance Change Management Toolkit booklets  here
        • Free Non-Profit Management Library  here
        • Marshall Goldsmith’s Coaching Library here
        • BusinessBalls – Business & Organization Development articles, exercises, templates are here

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