7 Secrets of Union Management Success with Teams, Michigan News

What are the 7 secrets to sustainability with teams, management and unions? We presented our lessons learned at the recent Partnerships in Progress Michigan Labor and Management Association Conference, 2014, East Lansing, Michigan. We’ve included our Slideshare and photos below to illustrate a 7 Secrets PROVENN model based on our experiences in the auto industry and with union management partnerships in general.

Here are two photos sharing two of the seven secrets, or principles for successful teams:

The short biographies listed below also give our union/management background, featuring the work of my colleagues, Ron and Rick, as well as my own experience working side by side with management and union members in higher education. 

7 Secrets to Union & Management Success with Teams, MLMA 2014 from Deb Nystrom

SlideShare Overview:  Once what I want differs from what you want, we are in conflict. Conflict will naturally increase when shifting from a supervisor-to-employee model to a team model. This presentation describes a whole system, top to bottom and side to side process to implement teams in a union environment.

The “from me to we” shift is continuous process that requires a different type of renewal annually. With commitment to this approach, everyone from top management and union officials down to frontline supervisors and employees can mutually benefit.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN Consulting and Ron Koller, Fenwick Koller Associates

7 Secrets Session, Photo gallery, from our East Lansing conference session:

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History:   Conflict is a natural part of developing relationships. However, management has historically over-structured and under-related to workers in organizations, giving rise to, at times, a volatile history of unresolved conflict and a need for unions to protect the human rights and dignity of workers.  (Poorly implemented performance systems are just one of many examples.) Today, both unions and management have successful examples of working jointly for business success.

Slideshare authors:


Deb Nystrom, REVELN Consulting, specialties including change facilitation, groups, teams

Deb Nystrom, REVELN Consulting, specialties including change facilitation, groups, teams

Deborah Nystrom is a change facilitator & strategist as well as an executive and team coach with an organization development (OD) specialty via REVELN Consulting. Deb honed her systemic consulting approach based on twenty years of staff, union and leadership development work at the University of Michigan, with a focus on performance, talent development and competency systems work. She’s also the founder of the Social Media Learning Lab.

Deb also works with Fenwick Koller Associates, who have done extensive work with Fortune 500 companies featuring FKA’s team concept training solutions to move from union & management resistance into commitment to speed up timelines and realize cost savings

Ron Koller is change management practitioner and researcher. His work focuses on earning true commitment to important strategic organizational changes. While industry researchers agree that 70% of change management initiatives fail, Ron knows how to turn consistent disappointments into success. His clients make millions by achieving revenue and cost savings goals because their people support what they help create.

Deb, Ron, Rick REVELN & FKA

Deb with Ron Koller, Rick Fenwick

Ron finished his doctoral studies in organizational psychology and is studying individual responses to change management beyond the usual resistance-commitment mentality.  

Rick Fenwick, PhD. has dedicated more than 30 years of his career to making union management relationships work. Rick was a representative in both the UAW and the AFL-CIO. He received his doctoral degree in organizational and social psychology from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Deb’s pending blogging vacation:  I’ve been blogging almost continuously since 2008.  I’ve gained helpful perspective sharing what I’ve learned since I left my salaried job as an organization development internal at the University of Michigan and moved fully into independent work in REVELN Consulting & Coaching.  It was time for a blogging break for a few months, over the holidays, this winter while my husband and I reconfigured our lives:  1) adult children moving on with their career interests, 2) husband moving onto a new job, 3) moving our home as well.   A a change and transition specialist, I had many opportunities to live my principles!

While these changes were happening, I continued my new coaching leaders relationship with Horseplay (horse-guided leadership development), presented on a favorite topic, Adaptive Change/Antifragile with the Knowledge Management Institute, and became familiar with the local real estate market as we started our search for a house that now better fits our present needs.  I’m glad to be back online again, of course continuing with my ScoopIt business news in the Best of the Best business newsletter described below, and enjoying connections & work with clients near and far.


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