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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Change and Systemic Leadership

May 14, 2001
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

The presentation will focus on the use of systemic thinking when initiating change. Fellows will learn the essential elements of each of the Core Disciplines espoused by Peter Senge and how they can implement these elements as an “agent of change.” The discussion will start with a presentation from Charles Roe who is a Management Consultant and the President of the Midwest Society for Organizational Learning based in Ann Arbor, MI. Mr. Roe will provide an overview of Systems Thinking and the Core Disciplines. Various group activities using a mixture of modalities will be employed to provide fellows with a multi-media experience when thinking about systemic leadership. The presentation will follow a theme and provide the information in a fun, easy to learn format. At the end of the presentation, Fellows will gain more knowledge about systems thinking and will possess tools that will assist them in considering the role of a leader in a system/organization.


Change and Systemic Leadership Learning Team Members
Tamara Bashore-Berg, George Fornero, Shari Miller, Alissa Parks, Kathi Pioszak, and Jackie Steed


  • Understand interdependency and change of systems
  • Learn how to change systems more effectively


  • Participants will gain an understanding of a systems thinking model.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to explore tips, tools, and strategies involving change.


  • Lecture burst
  • Small group work
  • Whole group discussion
  • Video clips
  • Carousel exercise

Resource Person:

Charles M. Roe
4313 Joy Road West
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 426-3947
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Chuck Roe is an experienced management consultant whose practice is based on extensive work with Business Management, Quality Systems, and Business Process Redesign in the Automotive, Electronics, Aerospace & Defense, Medical, and Education industries.  He uses accelerated change technologies and provides consulting, training, facilitating and coaching services on the leading & learning edge of business best practices.  In recent years, his work focus has been with transformational leadership for all management levels and teams in organizations.

Chuck is a charter-consulting member of the Society of Organizational Learning located in Cambridge, MA. and is President and founding member of the Midwest Society for Organizational Learning in Ann Arbor, MI. He was formerly the Vice President of Quality Systems at Philips Display Components Company, with headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI. Chuck is also recognized as being a judge for the Michigan Quality Award and an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Chuck is an instructor in Engineering Professional Development (EPD) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. There he has developed a Systems Learning Model focused around the principles of Systems Thinking, Organizational Learning, and Leadership Development. He also has completed advanced work in Transformational Coaching from the Organizational Learning Center at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Cambridge, MA. Chuck holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. Degree in Engineering Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Most recent clients where his skills in accelerated change technologies and transformational leadership has leveraged sustainable business results include: Ford Motor Company, Visteon Automotive Systems, International Paper Company, Philips Electronics NV, the University of Michigan, Michigan Future, Inc., the Michigan Small Business Development Center, and Washtenaw Community College.

Chuck’s methods reinforce existing organizational and people competencies and improve them to a higher level of competency. Chuck uses a learning approach in his work. He encourages clients to share best practices, breakthroughs and insights and focus on collaborative thinking, innovation and speedy action. He uses a systems thinking perspective to think about issues, explore core principles, identify underlying structures, and leverage opportunities to optimize results. He is committed to both achievement and reflection so that new learning can translate into disciplined action, and actions in turn generate new learning for people and for their organizations.

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