CSPP Organizational Psychology Program Presents: An Evening with David Sibbet

CSPP Organizational Psychology Program Presents: An Evening with David Sibbet

CSPP Organizational Psychology Program Presents:

An Evening with David Sibbet

david sibbet

DAVID SIBBET is president and founder of The Grove Consultants International.  A master facilitator, process consultant, and pioneer of visual facilitation, David specializes in large-scale processes, strategic visioning and creative, future-oriented symposia.

David and his team at The Grove work in both private- and public-interest sectors for organizations in all stages of development, and recently published the third volume in his Visual Leadership series.


Free Event: Open to all current students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and campus community.

WHEN:   Friday, April 11, 2014 |  6:00pm-9:00pm

WHERE: Alliant – Fresno Campus | Auditorium
                5130 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, CA (Across from Airport)


David Sibbet’s book Visual Leaders, his latest in 2013 for the Wiley & Sons Visual Leadership series, deals with how leaders, consultants, and managers can help organizations become visually literate and learn how to assess and deploy the many strategies of visual facilitation. This adds a range of intervention possibilities that Ed Schein didn’t even imagine in 1969 when he wrote his seminal book, Process Consulting. What has been clear, and was clear to Schein back in the growth period for OD, was that people’s perceptions are greatly shaped by his or her frames of reference and mental models. The strategies of action learning and dialogue deal directly with the challenge of illuminating and change perceptions in the interest of development. Modern neuroscience has underlined this conclusion with extensive research.

It became clear early in Sibbet’s own work that the process of “drawing” is actually a type of thinking, especially when the drawing is about visualizing these layers of understanding that are rooted in mental models, and that “display making,” the range of macro strategies that support visual facilitation in groups, is also a kind of thinking. In fact, he concluded that visualization and display making are required, not optional, competencies for anyone doing systems-level thinking in any field. The interesting inquiry is how much of this way of thinking benefits from visualization in different media in ways groups can co-examine their assumptions, as distinguished from doing the display and model building inside one’s individual consciousness.

Sibbet advocates for this explicit consciousness of one’s mental models being a key tool in visual leadership.