Professor Jacqueline Stavros and Assistant Professor Matthew Cole of LTU’s College of Management traveled to Thailand in November to co-facilitate a three-day summit on “SOARing to Positive Transformation and Change” hosted by Assumption University Business Administration College (ABAC) and its Graduate School of Business and the Organization Development Institute (ODI) in Bangkok. Close to two-hundred participants from 15 different nations representing government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations attended the summit.
SOAR, which stands for strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results, is a strategic thinking, planning, and leading framework developed by Stavros. SOAR has been validated with over 13 years of research and practice to have a positive impact on the success of individuals, teams, and institutions in transformative learning and change.
The day prior to the summit, Stavros and Cole hosted a “SOAR Facilitation Workshop” with close to 100 participants. The workshop was an opportunity for participants to experience SOAR utilizing the new SOAR Profile Instrument for strategic thinking, planning, and leading from a strengths-based perspective developed by Stavros and Cole. The workshop engaged participants in the application of SOAR to teams and organizations, and helped participants understand the positive impact that SOAR has on individual and team performance in the organization.
The day after the summit, a debriefing session was held with community and business leaders and faculty and students from ABAC and ODI to draw insights from the SOAR summit and workshop.
Stavros and Cole also wrote an article, “SOARing Towards Positive Transformation and Change,” for the peer-reviewed journal, ABAC ODI Vision.Action.Outcome, published in conjunction with the summit.