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Presentations & Workshops
Dr. Dams is a frequent speaker on practical applications of organizational systems thinking and strategic planning. We will be happy to speak at your conference or to your leadership team.


Applying Behavioral Systems Analysis to Strategic Planning
Accepted paper presentation, Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, May 2014, Chicago, IL.

More Power Tools for the Leader’s Toolbox: Compelling Missions and Clear Goal Statements
Academic Leadership Academy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2013.

A Power Tool for the Leader’s Toolbox: The Total Performance System
Academic Leadership Academy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2013.

Feedback from 2013 Academic Leadership Academy workshops:

  • This was a fantastic presentation. I'd like to see more time devoted to this topic.

  • This was the best presentation thus far! I think it could be earlier in the semester. Possibly a 'take home' pre-post activity to ensure time is not an issue.

  • I learned more in this session than I have in years about planning. I'd expand this to 3 sessions.

  • My colleagues and I are very enthused about using Peter's methodology to clarify who we are and what we do. Will let you and Peter know how it goes.

Using Systems Thinking to Create a Strategy-focused HR Organization
Annual conference of the Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (MISHRM), Grand Rapids, MI, October 2013. Presentation was given twice per request.

Strategic Planning: A How-to Workshop for Today’s Performance Consultants
Industrial/Organizational Graduate Student Organization, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2013.

Systems Thinking: A Powerful Leadership Tool for Planning Effectively
Academic Leadership Academy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2012.

The Practice of Consulting: Tips for Future Practitioners
Lecture, Advanced I/O Seminar. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2012.

Applying Systems Thinking for Anxiety-free Strategic Planning
Academic Leadership Academy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2011.

Leadership and Systems Thinking: Unleashing the Power of Planning at all Levels of Your Organization
Invited presentation. New Academic Administrators Seminar Series, Office of the Provost, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2011.

Systems Thinking and Strategic Planning: Made for Each Other
Academic Leadership Academy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2010.

Improving Organizational Leadership and Decision-Making Through Systems Thinking
Academic Leadership Academy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2009.

Understanding Organizations as Systems: Practical Applications of Organizational Systems Theory
Guest lectures, Nonprofit Leadership Program, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 2006-2011.

Flying Solo: Applying Behavioral Systems Analysis to a Small Consulting Firm and Its Clients
Colloquium. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, October 2009.

Strategic Planning for Busy Organizations
Encore presentation. 2008 Day Conference, Kalamazoo Human Resource Management Assocation (KHRMA), Kalamazoo, MI, May 2008.

Strategic Planning for Busy Organizations
Annual conference of the Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (MISHRM), Kalamazoo, MI, September 2007.

A strategic planning model for county departments
With D. Nitz.  Annual conference of the Michigan Association of Counties, Harbor Springs, MI, 2002.

Consulting interns: A cost-effective approach to continuous quality improvement (CQI)
With R. D. Terronez. Annual conference of the Michigan Association of Counties, Gaylord, MI, 2001.

Systems thinking: What is it and how can I do it?
With D. M. Brethower. Annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, IL, 1999.

Systems thinking (and systems doing)
With D. M. Brethower. Annual conference of the International Society for Performance Improvement, Long Beach, CA, 1999.



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