LRN and its CEO Dov Seidman Honored as Winner of 2014 Corporate Organizational Excellence in Organizational Development Award by ODNetwork

Nov 05, 2014, 09:00 ET from LRN

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The ODNetwork, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, selected LRN and its founder and CEO Dov Seidman as its 2014 Corporate Organizational Excellence in Organizational Development Award winner.  This award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a 10+ year commitment to organizational development and effectiveness. 

For the past 20 years, LRN and Seidman have helped companies and their leaders inspire principled performance in business.  Through its ethics and compliance education, culture transformation and leadership initiatives, LRN has reached the hearts and minds of more than 25 million employees around the world.

LRN was recognized by ODNetwork for being deliberate about shaping its corporate culture and placing its mission and values at the center of its business, how it makes decisions and how it operates. LRN was also rewarded for helping other organizations embrace more values-based approaches to how they lead, operate and govern.

LRN joins previous corporate OD Award recipients, including LL.Bean, Pepco Holdings, IDEO and Berrett-Koehler Publishers, who were recognized for reflecting the purpose and values of the ODNetwork.

"We have been on a journey at LRN to become a company governed by a deep sense of shared values and mission, rather than by imposed rules and policies," said Seidman. "And while we have come a long way, we are still very much a work in progress.  We've been fortunate to share this journey with our partners as we work together every day to elevate organizations from outdated top-down control structures to self-governing cultures in which people are animated by doing what's right.  It is thus heartening and meaningful to be recognized by ODNetwork for our own journey to become a self-governing company."

"Seidman and his colleagues at LRN have made a serious impact on corporate behavior and organizational development over the last two decades," said Mila Baker, author of Peer-to-Peer Leadership: Why the Network is the Leader.  "As a group that has built careers on a foundation of self-governance and ethical corporate practices, LRN illustrates what it means to be a peer-to-peer network community. The foundation of this practice lies in the design of the organization to unlock the value from everyone in the organization, ignite innovation, and maximize organizational success."

The 2014 award winners were honored at the ODNetwork's 50th anniversary celebration on Monday, October 27 in Philadelphia.  LRN's Marsha Ershaghi Hames led a fireside chat for those interested in learning about the organization's journey.

"In accepting the award on behalf of LRN what was most inspiring to me was the tremendous amount of interest from individuals in learning about LRN's ability to disrupt the traditional organizational model and embrace a journey of self governance," said LRN's Marsha Ershaghi Hames. "We think of ourselves as an innovation lab, where we seek ways to live our values every day and learning from our growth challenges and opportunities."  

The ODNetwork was founded in 1964 as a network of professionals committed to promoting healthy organizations through the practice of organizational development and the articulation of core values, principles of practice and ethical behavior.  Today the network serves international members who aspire to the highest level of OD practice and adherence to core values and behavior. 

About LRN

Since 1994, LRN has helped over 20 million people at more than 700 companies worldwide simultaneously navigate complex legal and regulatory environments and foster ethical cultures. LRN's combination of practical tools, education, and strategic advice helps companies translate their values into concrete corporate practices and leadership behaviors that create sustainable competitive advantage. In partnership with LRN, companies need not choose between living principles and maximizing profits, or between enhancing reputation and growing revenue: all are a product of principled performance. LRN works with organizations in more than 100 countries and has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai and Paris. Current partners include Johnson & Johnson, Viacom, Dow, Pfizer, DuPont, Dell and other leading multinationals. For more information, visit, follow @LRN on Twitter or join the HOW community on Facebook.