Lynne is highly regarded in Oxy for her excellent facilitation and coaching skills. From the many leadership and team building programs she has conducted over the past 12 years, she has developed strong relationships with many of the Oxy leaders. She develops a trusting relationship with people, and as a result, many have contacted her for follow-up coaching. She also provided team coaching for the teams to continue their work – she does not see her work as an event, but a process of continuous development. And she is very strategic and results oriented, connecting the development process to the strategic direction of the group. She truly lives out her mission of “every voice is heard”, and any work she does, she engages people to ensure that all voices are heard. Because of this, she gets groups to a much deeper level, dealing with difficult issues that are often suppressed and people are afraid to discuss. She creates that kind of climate first where people understand and value each other and their differences, and then facilitates dialogue where people truly listen to each other to work out difficult issues.
Regarding self-knowledge and self-reflection, she operates under the principle of “self as instrument”. She is excellent at debriefing every intervention to examine what worked, what she could do differently to improve, and is open to feedback from others. She is a ferocious reader and is great at integrating examples into her work. Besides getting her Masters in Organization Development, she continually takes advantage of development opportunities to stretch her in the field of OD. Some of these include NTL programs, Franklin Covey certifications, and spiritual retreats. Her work in the Middle East and Latin America created great cultural learning opportunities. Development is a passion of hers. When she facilitates, she shares this passion by role modeling the process that leaders can use working with their teams.
One of Lynne’s greatest strength is to be in the moment with a group (or individual). She deals with the “here-and-now”, what’s happening in the room, vs. wedding herself to a structured agenda. Her understanding of group dynamics and the trust that she creates with a group allows this kind of exploration of deeper issues.