ATD Research Presents: Change Management Research

Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Patrick Murray, Vice President of Employee Surveys, i4cp and Walter McFarland, Founder, Windmill Human Performance

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This webcast is based on the recently released research report from ATD and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) titled, Change Agents: The Role of Organizational Learning in Change Management. The report aims to provide learning professionals with insight into the learning practices most likely to make a positive difference in an organization’s change-related capabilities.

Join Patrick Murray, Vice President of Employee Surveys at i4cp and Walter McFarland, Founder of Windmill Human Performance, as they explores the findings of the report and how organizations prepare and deal with change.


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Patrick Murray
Patrick Murray

Vice President of Employee Surveys, i4cp

Patrick leads i4cp's employee survey business, working with member organizations to deliver practical and actionable employee surveys based on i4cp's research into high-performance organizations. Pat is an experienced human capital practitioner, consultant and project manager with extensive multi-industry, U.S. and international experience. He is a sought-after advisor to executives on people management issues and a frequent speaker on HR strategy and talent management.

Pat joined i4cp from the boutique consultancy Social System Solutions, working in the Middle East on projects ranging from organization design in the financial sector to HR strategy development for the federal workforce of the UAE. Prior to that, Pat was a senior human capital and organization effectiveness consultant with Towers Watson in Dubai, serving as project manager for integrated assignments and as a JV management committee member. Pat was also an organization effectiveness consultant with Watson Wyatt for over 10 years.

Walter McFarland
Walter McFarland

Founder, Windmill Human Performance

Walter McFarland is an HR and learning executive focused on large-scale performance improvements. His core belief is that people are the primary source of competitive advantage—but only when expertly developed and engaged.

His work has focused on the design and implementation of strategic human resource systems—which often addressed the most complex, current human performance issues. Examples include creating new leadership models for the 21st century, improving team and organizational learning, designing new approaches to employee motivation and engagement, more effectively managing a multi-cultural workforce, and improving performance during organizational change. These improvements were often accomplished in a union environment.

Walter is currently the founder of Windmill Human Performance. As a consultant, his clients include top public and private sector organizations in the US and internationally. He is a former senior vice president (for HR and Learning) at Booz Allen, and a director at Hay Management Consultants. His last position in the federal government was as a special assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

Walter is also very active professionally. Currently, He serves on the board of the Cahn Fellows at Columbia University Teacher’s College. He teaches in the graduate program of the NeuroLeadership Institute and in the Summer Leadership Institute of Columbia University. Walter also speaks and writes on the topics of workplace learning, leadership, neuroscience, and organizational change. He is also a member of the President’s (US) 2012 Rank Award Council and is co-author (with Susan Goldsworthy) of The Change Choice, a McGraw-Hill publication.

Walter holds an MPA in public administration from Southern Illinois University; an MA in government from Georgetown University; an EdS in human resource development from the George Washington University; and an MS in organizational change from HEC Management School, Paris, with Oxford University, England.


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