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Dr. Daniel A. Schroeder is President/CEO of Organization Development Consultants, Inc. (ODC). ODC serves regional and national clients from its offices in suburban Milwaukee. Additionally, he teaches in the Organizational Behavior and Leadership (bachelor’s) and Organization Development (master’s) programs at Edgewood College (Madison, WI), programs that he founded and for which he served as Program Director.

Is your company a ‘learning organization?’: Use competency-based learning partnerships to...

Question: “In 2014, my company started a three-year strategic planning process, including new vision, mission and values statements, with the goal of focusing the future...

How to become an effective leader: Multiple tools are necessary

Question: “Can you offer some advice on what it takes to become an effective leader? There are so many books, models, etc. that I get...

Employee engagement


“My company's meeting the challenging economy alright. We're well-established and well-regarded, although we don't rest on our reputation.

Seek common ground

Question:   "My work group seems to be the always caught in the middle between other work groups. We provide operational support to a number of...

Where’s the passion?

Question:   I'm a member of the senior leadership team at a company in the Milwaukee area. I saw your column "Style matters: Would you follow...

Different strokes

In my last column, I discussed 12 key characteristics of systems thinking. I described how systems thinking (i.e. holistic thinking) is different than analytic thinking (i.e., parts-based thinking). I made the case that there is great power in looking for interdependencies and connections – between tasks, employees, work areas, stakeholders, etc.

Systems thinking

It is effective to view organizational problems as systems problems and seek answers that integrate within and between each interdependent sub-system (i.e., work areas, teams, departments, etc.).

A healthy corporate culture

Question: "I manage a team of three supervisors. We've been having some difficulty getting the employees in our department to work together. We've also...

C-suite prescriptions

While January in Wisconsin typically brings cold weather and snow, the start of a new year also brings hopeful feelings and anticipation of what lies ahead. A new year can also be a time for making resolutions, commitments to alter or change various behaviors.

SLIDE SHOW: Next Door Pediatrics Clinic

The Next Door Pediatrics Clinic recently celebrated the expansion of its facility. Supported by Children's Health System Foundation, the expansion tripled the clinic's size...

Negotiations: Preparation is key to making request

Question: My boss doesn't negotiate. Rather, he either accepts or rejects a request. My department is in critical need of a new piece...

Just a Minute with Steve Haas, president of EGX Group

Company address: 1619 S. 101st Street, Milwaukee Company Web site: Industry: Commercial printing and ancillary services Number of employees: 51...

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