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• Why CALM? (PDF)
• Organizational Transformations – Enabling And Sustaining Change (PD)
• Organizational Change (PDF)
• Carpe Diem - Sieze the Day (Kindle on AMAZON, click here)
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CARPE DIEM

PROLOGUE
“Exposure is being Vulnerable”

     Brene Brown in her video on Netflix “Call to Courage” talks about being vulnerable.  I wrote this treatise on mental health experiences with the idea of opening myself up to the world with the hope that it may make a difference in people’s perceptions about mental health from multiple perspectives.  I have personally devoted my life to helping others out of my love for my youngest brother who was born with Downs Syndrome.

      I thank my wife, Rebecca for encouraging me to embark on this journey and for providing me feedback as I wrote about my mental health experiences.  I thank my friend, John Cantlon, for his volunteering to edit my chapters.  I would also express my appreciation for Rebecca’s and my friend, Kathy Engler, for her editing contributions.

      I dedicate Carpe Diem to my deceased parents Tony and Blanche Koehn who both encouraged me to be the best I can be and my patients, clients and colleagues who have taught me so much.  Rebecca and I are extremely proud of all our children and grandchildren.  We both are deeply appreciative of our brothers and sisters, their family constellations and how zest for life is their spirit. 

      The thirteen chapters in Carpe Diem are organized into three buckets.  The first set reflects my formative years, the second segment deals with my professional life and the third collage reflects my semi-retirement.  The common thread strung out through these chapters captures the essence of a call to action, a thirst for growth and learning, and a quest to transform. Pictured throughout the treatise is an embedded visualization which portrays an understanding of the past, but seeks a future state that gets executed in the present.  The intent is to unveil, reveal, and just do it by making a contribution.  To those that curious to peel back the onion, happy reading!


A TREATISE ON MENTAL HEALTH EXPERIENCES by David J. Koehn

EPILOGUE

                Thirteen chapters of my mental health life laid out in front of me, naked.  From a Johari window perspective, see illustration, I have attempted to expand and expose the window which deals with what you know, and I know about me as it relates to my mental health experiences.
My h
ope is that my portrayal of my mental health experiences has been helpful.  I know it has made me more reflective and conscious of what has been and what may be in store for me.  I have been as transparent as I can be and if you read this treatise that it has made you more insightful as to those who try to seize the day but find many obstacles in their way as they try to cope with the distresses in their lives.  Carpe Diem!!
      As a side bar, my son is a creative writer and we plan on collaborating on a fictional novel based on the content of this book.  We may follow the genre of John Gresham or Steven King, not sure or quite settled yet.  I will leave that up to our future collaboration, Carpe Futurem.


Quick Links to Dr. Koehn's book
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Carpe Diem - Chapter 1
Carpe Diem - Chapter 2
Carpe Diem - Chapter 3
Carpe Diem - Chapter 4
Carpe Diem - Chapter 5

Carpe Diem - Chapter 6

Carpe Diem - Chapter 7
Carpe Diem - Chapter 8
Carpe Diem - Chapter 9
Carpe Diem - Chapter 10
Carpe Diem - Chapter 11
Carpe Diem - Chapter 12
Carpe Diem - Chapter 13

Preview of Chapter 1:
"I woke up one morning, one which did not appear any different than usual, except my father and mother surprised us by saying that we were going to have a new baby come into our family very soon. How happy I was! Before I went to bed that night I said a little prayer for the new baby to be. I prayed: "Jesus, friend of all little children, bless them and keep them healthy, especially our new baby to be".

I said this prayer every night right up to the day the baby was born. What an exciting event, everything went well, we could not have been happier. The babies name was Kevin.

Life went on and little seemed wrong . . . .
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Organizational Transformations

Most organizations face transformational changes with some frequency. Examples include downsizing; mergers; adopting new enterprise software systems or other technology platforms; and changing markets, business models, or missions.  Such changes are “transformational” because they significantly impact an organization’s structure, processes, culture, relationships, personnel, and possibly its very existence.

Transformational changes typically generate uncertainty, fear, and resistance, which reduce workforce morale, focus, and performance.  These particular disruptive effects are social and psychological in character. As such, they are ubiquitous across organizational types and industry sectors  commercial, non-profit and academic, and government.

The field of Change Management has emerged over the last several decades to help organizations anticipate these disruptive dynamics and respond proactively to mitigate if not prevent them.  Change consultants predict problems likely to arise for particular organizations and transformations, and then prescribe strategies to address them. Change strategies typically include elements such as include targeted communication initiatives, and modifications to recruiting, training, job definition, and compensation programs.
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CALM – Dealing with Change Holistically and Dynamically

Guiding organizations through transformational change is a daunting task. Major changes include downsizing, mergers, or adopting new enterprise software systems. Such changes typically generate workforce uncertainty, fear, and resistance, which reduce overall morale, focus, and performance.

Businesses and government agencies alike report high failure rates in navigating transformations, even after spending considerable sums on change management consultants.  Diagnostic surveys reveal disturbingly low levels of employee trust in management, and chronic dissatisfaction with working conditions.  Unless these underlying root causes are addressed directly, management interventions to anticipate and mitigate the disruptive effects of transformational change will continue to fail.
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Why CALM?

Most organizations face transformational changes with some frequency. Examples include downsizing; mergers; adopting new enterprise software systems or other technology platforms; and changing markets, business models, or missions.  Such changes are “transformational” because they significantly impact an organization’s structure, processes, culture, relationships, personnel, and possibly its very existence.

Transformational changes typically generate uncertainty, fear, and resistance, which reduce workforce morale, focus, and performance.  These particular disruptive effects are social and psychological in character. As such, they are ubiquitous across organizational types and industry sectors  commercial, non-profit and academic, and government.

The field of Change Management has emerged over the last several decades to help organizations anticipate these disruptive dynamics and respond proactively to mitigate if not prevent them.  Change consultants predict problems likely to arise for particular organizations and transformations, and then prescribe strategies to address them. Change strategies typically include elements such as include targeted communication initiatives, and modifications to recruiting, training, job definition, and compensation programs.

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