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Anne Murray Allen

Anne Murray Allen

Message

A hierarchical, top-down management structure may work for rescue operations or the military, but it isn’t as effective in today’s global business environment. Good managers shouldn’t juggle all decision-making responsibilities themselves. Doing so generates intolerable stress, and vastly underutilizes the human capital of the organization. This rarely yields the best solutions and even risks disenfranchisement of their teams.

Team members who feel their voices and contributions matter are more likely to collaborate, take risks, and perform to their highest potential. By listening, creating engagement, and making space for group contributions, managers can generate extraordinary value. These managers know how to build greater operational cohesion and performance. Leveraging group knowledge for informed action is not a sign of managerial weakness, but one of confidence and competence.

Students will learn to examine their personal -and potentially fallible- assumptions through a group dialogue process. This process often presents unexpected and profound opportunities for insight and innovation. Recognizing the best course of action, even if it deviates from one’s original ideas, is a hallmark of the most effective leaders.

Biography

Anne Murray Allen has spent her career pursuing the questions “How does work really get done?”, “How do people come together to accomplish extraordinary results?”, and “How do we create and sustain healthy performance-based organizations?”

Since 2005, she has helped numerous clients pursue these topics and build effective organizations that thrive in today’s complex global business environment.

Before founding her business, Anne spent over 16 years at Hewlett Packard Company in a variety of professional contexts. As the senior director of Knowledge and Intranet Management, she was responsible for company wide knowledge management and collaboration tools. While director in the Strategic Change Office, she led the successful cultural integration of Compaq and HP. As the worldwide business IT manager for Inkjet Printing Systems, she implemented major platforms to run business processes across the Imaging and Printing Group. Her experience in manufacturing management extends into the mining and construction industry.

Anne has presented at regional and global conferences for i2, the Human Resource Planning Society, Oregon State University, the Society for Organizational Learning, the Oregon Chapter of the OD Network, the American Strategic Management Institute, and the Pegasus Systems Thinking Conference. The American Society for Training and Development awarded Anne the national Torch Award.  She is also a graduate from the Gestalt Institute of Denver and was a consulting member of Certified Consultants International. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Millennium Institute, a global non-profit organization in Washington D.C., dedicated to applying system dynamics for developing nations in their policy planning and decision making. Anne is an active contributor to her community and enjoys hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, and skiing with her husband and three grown children.

Education

  • M.B.A., University of Denver
  • B.A. Manhattanville College

Areas of Instruction

Effective Communication: creating organizational dialogue

Research Interests

Organizational performance. Networks of collaboration. Social systems and cognitive science.

Selected Professional Activities

Member - Board of Trustees for the Millennium Institute.
Connections Member - Society for Organizational Learning (SOL)

Selected Publications

The Nature of Social Collaboration. Reflections Journal. May, 2005.

Commentary on the lead article on future governance models. Reflections Journal. November, 2005.

Discovering the Source of Phenomenal Results. Reflections Journal. July, 2007.