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Catalyzing Breakthroughs with Great Questions

Presented by Sherry Immediato


Abstract: How do you design great questions - those that produce new thinking and step changes in performance? In recent years, philosophers, researchers, and practitioners have made great contributions in guiding us in how to frame questions that matter. Some questions do tend to take on a life of their own, but questions that challenge our assumptions, our traditions, our expertise require more. They need to be imbedded in a process if they are going to make any difference in our teams, organizations and communities. Drawing on 30 years of work in the field of organizational learning, Sherry Immediato will offer a variety of illustrations to demonstrate a simple framework for thinking about how to design powerful questions, recognize potential inquiry pitfalls and embed questions in conversational processes to make an impact.

Sherry Immediato

Biography: Claire Sherry Immediato's focus is to increase performance, health and well-being in complex systems by nurturing system intelligence and wisdom. She created Heaven & Earth Incorporated as a home for this work. She is one of the founding practitioners in the field of organizational learning and most recently served as the president and managing director of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning, a global community of practice, from 2001 – 2010. Sherry currently serves as the Chief Learning Officer of the ReThink Health initiative of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. ReThink Health is focusing on improving population health, improving care, and reducing health care costs at the regional level through a series of action research projects. Sherry is Treasurer (and former Chair) of the Board of the Northeast Foundation for Children, and a member of the board of Seeing Things Whole. She lives in the Boston area. Sherry has Masters degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Contact: Sherry can be reached by e-mail at sherry@heaven-and-earth.com for additional information about this Conference session.

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