" The rightful exercise of power
is to prepare others to assume it
on your behalf."

Empowerment in Organizations is a practical guide for all who are ready to assume greater responsibility for themselves and the organizations in which they work.

Readers will also get a bird's eye view of how companies and institutions move through developmental phases, thereby gaining a deeper appreciation of the context in which all of us work.

With a mandate system, leaders are called upon to become facilitators, empowering those around them with autonomy and clearly formulated tasks for an effective decentralized governance structure.

Empowerment in Organizations is a seminal work about organizational transformation and redefined leadership roles.
Kerry Drohan,
Metropolitan Editor,
The Boston Globe
If I had read this book twenty-five years ago, how much more productive and satisfied I would have been in my organizational experiences.
Betty Staley,
Waldorf High School
Teacher Director,
Rudolf Steiner College
I think Cornelis Pieterse has done a service to the field of organization development. I trust experienced practitioners will find themselves reexamining aspects of their practice they long ago thought they had mastered.
Dino Biris,
Senior Consultant
Semasea Organization Development

Cornelis Pieterse
Lemnis Associates
227 Temple Road,
Wilton, NH. 03086

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Since 1987, I have worked as an organization development consultant and facilitator for corporations and small businesses, and approximately one hundred human service organizations (including many Waldorf schools). I am very successful helping people manage conflict, clarify roles and responsibilities, and develop constructive collegial relationships in working groups.

I facilitate and advise on systemic organizational change in restructuring, culture change, assessment and evaluation procedures, committee mandates and structures, strategic planning, board development, and vision and mission building.

As facilitator, I help large groups and diverse constituencies gain common understanding on complex and often contentious issues, build an ideal scenario for the future, and reach full consensus on action plans. Groups and organizations often turn to me when neutral outside facilitation and mediation is needed.

I consult in three additional areas of expertise using experiential learning techniques and designs.

  1. Individual coaching: As executive coach, I advise individuals on business issues, working relationships and managing change. Often these issues not only pertain to the needs of the organization but also to the personís personal goals, strengths and developmental questions. I provide a confidential environment in which to freely explore complex questions as: clarity in the decision making process, balancing work and home life, behavioral patterns in time and personnel management, goal setting and planning.
  2. Developing management and self-directed teams: I work with numerous executive, and self directed teams to make them more effective in all aspects of their operation. This involves training in advanced communication techniques, working with cultural differences and conflict, meeting effectiveness and facilitation, problem solving and decision making techniques.
  3. Organization development: The third element in which I work is the general development of the organization. This pertains to strategic planning, managing corporate cultural change, and visioning. I have incorporated the Future Search methodology as documented by Marvin Weisborg, et al. This methodology is an extensive process of assessing the present conditions in and outside the company, developing an ideal future or vision and, finally, a realistic strategic plan for implementation.
I teach and train workshops in:

  • Conflict management
  • Organization and group development
  • Advanced communication techniques
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Consensus building and decision making
  • Meeting effectiveness
  • Group facilitation
  • Strategic planning and vision building (Future Search methodology)

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Lemnis "Lemniskos" is from the Greek meaning, 'ribbon.' The ribbon symbolizes hope, remembrance, and raising awareness. The geometric figure of the lemniscate also symbolizes the continuous life cycle -- contraction and expansion -- of any biological and social organism, including that of human beings and organizations. This figure eight depicts how the individual (micro or part) is a reflection of the organization (macro or whole), and visa versa. The crossing point in the middle represents the fact that many organizations and individuals are now faced with the choice of making meaningful change or reverting back to familiar but unhelpful patterns, structures, and paradigms.

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