Member Spotlight: Ardela Daniels

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Getting to know Ardela...ardeladaniels

Company Name: Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO)
Company Founded in: 1979
Business Industry: Commercial Nuclear Energy
Target Market: Domestic and International Nuclear Power Plants and Utilities
OCA Member Since: 2009


What makes OCA Atlanta important to you?

OCA is my living library, continuous improvement program, and lifelong learning network.  It is not possible, for me, to do the work of an OD professional without re-energizing myself through the company of professional peers.  OCA is my means of keeping up to date with my field and giving back to my field.

How long have you been practicing organization development / change management?

More than twenty years.  I have been practicing in this field in South Africa, Paris and the USA.  And I still have a lot to learn!

How did you become interested in organizational change?

I was part of the cultural revolution in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.  That change left an indelible mark on my professional interests.  I became fascinated with how individuals, teams and organizations experience and implement change.  Being part of implementing organizational change is a way of life, rather than a job for me.

How does your current role link to OD/CM?

In my current role, I lead cross functional nuclear teams that are responsible for monitoring nuclear plant performance using data and behavioral observations, engaging station leaders, and intervening to turn declining performance.  I am accountable for intervention activities to turn declining station performance.  Developing effective OD and change strategies with station leaders is very important in maintaining a high performing culture at a nuclear power station and corporation!

Where do you see the field of OD/CM headed in the future?

I believe that the field will become more discipline-based.  Companies are looking for targeted interventions from professionals who understand their business.

How have you been involved in OCA?

I have served in various capacities on the OCA board: programs chair, chair-elect, chair, past-chair.

What do you consider are your most valuable skills you can offer someone?

Developing strategic direction and leading transformational change in the midst of chaos and ambiguity

What do you want us to know that is special about you (personally or professionally, your business or both (here you may give us accolades, awards, interesting tidbits that make you unique, thoughts/philosophies, etc…)?

There is a picture of Nelson Mandela at my front door that reminds me of my mission every day as I step over the threshold: “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”




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