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A Call to Action: A Not-for-Profit Conference Will Educate Us about Next Steps. (News You Can Use)

Magazine article Talent Development

A Call to Action: A Not-for-Profit Conference Will Educate Us about Next Steps. (News You Can Use)

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In the days following the attacks on America, Philip Harkins, CEO of organizational development company Linkage, struggled with how his company could contribute to the healing process. It occurred to him that Linkage should harness one of its core competencies: organizing "major educational experiences."

So under Harkins's direction, the company put together a not-for-profit conference that will define OD's role in crisis management, educate employers and workers about continued threats, and offer suggestions on how to protect the world's workplaces and workforces. The event will identify best practices and create a distribution network for organizations that have training materials to share.

As director of human resources and administration for Raytheon Middle East Systems Company in the 1 970s, Harkins spent seven years dealing with terrorism "on a daily basis." In response to increasing tension and numerous terrorist actions, he led an HR ream that sought out the best training experts in the world to teach Raytheon employees how to safeguard themselves. Raytheon has never lost an employee to terrorist activity despite having thousands living and working in susceptible areas. Harkins's work with Raytheon taught him that preparedness through training and knowledge management systems is the best way to guarantee safety.

Linkage's conference, A Call to Action: What Organizations Must Do in a World Changed by Terrorism, will take place December 10 and 11 in Washington, D. …

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