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Flora N. Taylor

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • A.B., Harvard University, Cum Laude (1984)
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1994)

Scholarly Interests

  • Group Dynamics
  • Organizational Development
  • Power
  • Counseling
  • Diversity

Selected Publications

Multiple articles/chapters on Multi-culturally competent practice in Dermatology (available by request)

Taylor, F., Smith, K., and Kuriloff, P. (2004). Anatomy of a casualty, In S. Cytrynbaum and D. Noumair (Eds.), Group Relations Reader 3 (pp. 183-207). Washington, D.C.: A.K. Rice Institute.

American Journal of Diseases in Children February/March 1987

professional experiences

biographical information

Organizational Development Consultant
Flora N. Taylor, Ph. D.
177 Mitchell Street  
West Orange, NJ  07052
973.727.6997 (mobile)
diagnosis@aol.com
 
Flora Taylor is an organizational development consultant, executive coach and group dynamics specialist. She has worked with clients to achieve quantifiable results in their organizations for over 20 years.  Flora brings varied types of experience to her consulting work.  She leverages her Psychology background along with her group expertise to determine the intervention that best meets the client’s individual and organizational needs. Her approach involves utilizing her considerable diagnostic skills to develop an accurate working hypothesis of her clients’ organizational issues and then designing a customized intervention to meet the identified need.  Her practice areas include organizational diagnosis, team development, executive coaching, meeting effectiveness, applied and focus group research, diversity, large group facilitation, and facilitator training. Flora passionately advocates for the benefits of experiential learning.  She has designed, directed, and staffed many experiential conferences, simulations, and retreats for executives on the dynamics of organizational life using Social Systems (Power Lab), and Group Relations methodologies. Flora’s work history includes the Wharton Center for Applied Research (now CFAR), and she currently works independently and in association with Praxis, a boutique consulting firm specializing in psychodynamic approaches to organizational development.

Flora brings significant teaching experience to bear in the areas of leadership, power authority, and group development, including engagements at The Wharton School, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, Teachers College of Columbia University, William Alanson White Institute, Rutgers University, the School of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Seton Hall University.  Her publications, “Anatomy of a Casualty,” and “Building a Multiculturally Competent Practice” may be obtained upon request.

Partial Client List

Eileen Fisher, Reuters, American Jewish World Service, Viacom, Wharton Executive Development Program, Aecom, BNP Paribas, PSE&G, General Electric, Columbia University, SEED, University of Pennsylvania, A.K. Rice Institute, The Philadelphia Foundation, William Alanson White Institute, Stanford University, Wissahickon Hospice, American Academy of Dermatology, D.C. General Hospital Executive Nurses, Bergen County Division of Youth and Family Services, Baltimore Nurses Association, Nabisco, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Greystone Psychiatric Hospital, New York City Mass Transit Authority, Greater Northeast Philadelphia School Board, NY Law Firm Study and many not-for-profit organizations.

Flora earned her A.B. Cum Laude from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a Licensed Psychologist with a specialty adult practice in issues related to work and interpersonal relationships.  Flora earned her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, plays competitive tennis and has traveled extensively.

 

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Group Dynamics and Organizational Politics, University of Pennsylvania 2005-present

ORLJ 5362: Group dynamics: A systems perspective

Permission required. Prerequisite: ORLJ 4005. Enrollment limited. In addition to the regular course meeting times, there are two additional special weekend workshops, times/dates arranged each semester. The course explores social processes in groups and their impact on individual behavior. In addition to a series of lectures/discussions, students are required to participate as members of an experiential group designed to provide opportunities for learning about group dynamics through an examination of power, authority, leadership, intergroup and interpersonal processes. Special fee: $200 (conference fee).