Celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the LIOS Masters Degree
Where: Virtual via Zoom
When: December 14th, 6-7:30pm PST
Join Robert Crosby, John Scherer, and Ron Short as they talk about the beginning of the LIOS graduate program.
As many of you know in 1969 Robert Crosby founded LIOS and in 1973 Ed Lindaman, President of Whitworth, invited LIOS to be an accredited Masters Degree.
Robert then hired John and Ron to be the first two faculty of LIOS.
Come join in a celebration of their amazing collaboration during those early years that shaped the program that touched so many people!
LIOS is being rebooted and this celebration is on the heals of our pending masters degree.
Join us December 14th, 2023 starting at 6:00 pm PST. The event is 90 minutes long.
Ronald R. Short, Ph.D. has an MA and PhD in psychology from Claremont Graduate University. He was professor of psychology at Whitworth University when he teamed with Bob Crosby and John Scherer (LIOS) in 1973 to create an innovative competency– based MA ABS (Masters in Applied Behavioral Science) using the T group as the primary curriculum.
He experienced his first T group in the 1960s and became an intern with the National Training
Laboratories in 1973, which included serving on an NTL staff led by John Wallen on two
occasions. Then, with John Runyan, he co-founded Learning in Action Technologies using the
models and methods learned in the MA program to work with several clients including AT&T
Bell Laboratories, BC Telephone, US West Telephone, Shell oil.
Dr John Scherer graduated with honors from Roanoke College in Salem, VA, majoring in History and Philosophy. He then finished high in his class at US Naval Officer Candidate School and served as Combat Officer aboard USS EATON (DD-510) in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean Fleets. He then enrolled in the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, SC.
and graduated with honors.
In 1973 John went to Spokane, WA, to join Bob and Ron to help create the nation’s first competency-based graduate program in Applied Behavioral Science, the Leadership Institute of Spokane (LIOS). In 1982 he founded his own leadership and Organization Development firm.
He is the author of hundreds of articles and video programs in the fields of leadership development, conflict resolution, and high-engagement performance-improvement and his 2008 book, Five questions that Change Everything, was called ‘Possibly the best business self-help book ever written’.
Robert P. Crosby, L.H.D. has over 60 years of experience helping organizations get clear about effective leadership, alignment, teamwork, change management, task accomplishment and accountability. He is a master in his field, having founded the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) in 1969, and held faculty roles through LIOS contracts at universities such as Antioch in Seattle and Martin University (named after Martin Luther King Jr.) in Indianapolis, Indiana. LIOS became the first Masters program in Organization Development in 1973.
In 1991 he created a corporate (Masters) leadership program to train leaders internal to Alcoa. Three of the plants participating were located in Addy (WA), Knoxville (Tn) and Evansville (In). All three of them were failing prior to the program and by 1994 Knoxville and Evansville created one third of the world wide profits for Alcoa. He has published several business books including The Cross-Functional Workplace, Walking the Empowerment Tightrope, Cultural Change in Organizations, and most recently Memoirs of a Change Agent.