Session P - Post-Conference Session
The Secret Life of Organizations
Presented by Ariane David


Description: Every organization lives on two levels: the level of the things we see and the level of the things we don’t. The organizational life we see is made up of all of the things that involve us day to day, including strategy, goods and services, customers, policies, performance management, and much more. It is the obvious life of the organization and where we invariably look when something needs to change. But there’s another life, the secret life of the organization. It’s where the real action is. It’s the level on which things really happen: personal responsibility, creativity, motivation, organizational learning. The secret life of the organization is where real and lasting change takes place, but it’s also the part of the organization that’s almost always neglected. And that’s why so many changes fail!

Target Audience: anyone involved in the management, leadership, or advisement of an organization.

Organizational Issues: understanding the real internal drivers of an organization.

Objectives: In this interactive workshop participants will learn:
1. To understand the secret life
2. To assess the secret life
3. About the secret life and organizational change
             a. Using the secret life to enable change
             b. Changing the secret life.

Date: Monday, April 19th

Length: 4.5 hours (12:30-5:00pm)

Location: California State University, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge

Cost: None

Available for download after the Forum

Ariane David

Biography: Ariane is a founding and managing partner of, and human systems development specialist with The Veritas Group, a consulting firm specializing in organizational development. She is a Senior Lecturer and member of the Executive College at California Lutheran University, and the Executive Director of the National University Center for Organizational Excellence. She has served as an advisor to numerous boards of directors and project based groups including the Senate Committee on Corporate Ethics.

Ariane’s specialties include systems thinking, organizational learning, organizational change, culture development, conflict transformation, strategic thinking, and executive/management development. She holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and a B.S. in Physics. Her research and practical experience in the area of whistle-blowing has made her a recognized expert in this field. She is an acclaimed speaker and author.

Contact: Ariane can be reached by email at for additional information about this post-conference session.


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