Lifetime achievement award presented to Ken Craddock
formerly Columbia University
Kenneth Craddock was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Society’s world conference, Designing the Smarter Organization, July 31st to August 5th, 2014 at Palisades, New York. GO Society officers, Don Fowke, Chairman, Ken Shepard, President, and George Weber, Secretary and Treasurer, presented the award and read the following citation:
“It is a great honor to be able to present the first Global Organization Lifetime Achievement Award to Ken Craddock. These awards are given to recognize unique achievements beyond what is normally expected, reflect consistent effort over a period of time, and are often - but not always - done within a volunteer framework when the recognizing organization cannot possibly compensate the individual for what he or she has accomplished. These criteria describe Ken’s contribution well.
An accessible body of research and experience is fundamental for the success of any new discipline. It is the generative factor that stimulates interest and new research – and attracts attention when new courses are designed in universities. It is especially critical for requisite organization.
In 2000, Ken Craddock recognized this need and set about to build that foundation. Since then, he has developed and written 6 editions of the Requisite Organization Annotated Bibliography. The document has grown from 194 pages in 2002 to 2,219 pages in 2014. Each edition includes an introductory essay describing the development of the fundamental concepts and their spread both globally and intellectually. The RO Annotated Bibliography has provided a grundrisse for researchers, teachers, advocates, and students of RO and practice cases for businesses. It is a unique record of the past and a powerful springboard to stimulate future growth.
Ken has also been a teacher, counselor, and advisor. His thesis, Requisite Leadership: A Model of Organization Effectiveness, was written on RO at Columbia University in 2002. He has advocated for coursework on RO, both teaching and developing curricula at the graduate, undergraduate, and at high school levels. He has been an adviser and mentor to graduates on their dissertations, theses, and studies – often as an uncompensated resource in response to their solicitation.
He has developed a movie series as an aid in the classroom to introduce RO concepts at these levels and as an introduction to business. He has written an online series of articles on RO, leadership, cognitive and work levels, and hoshin kanri. He has contributed chapters and articles, and to books, as writer, editor, friend, and critic.
In essence, over more than a decade, he has invested himself in building the essential publicly-available resource that all professional organizations must have, and in facilitating the work of others as they draw on that resource. By this Lifetime Achievement Award, we congratulate and thank him for that work."
Testimonials by fellow Requisite Organization experts
I am really honoured to be a part of Ken’s award ceremony.
I have known him for several years as a result of our mutual R.O. work.
During that time his A.B. has grown from a pretty useful resource
Every great civilization and every recognized science stands on a foundation of compiled wisdom and experience. Those foundations eliminate the need for rediscovery of the past and they free up the energy and imagination that we need to grow and improve. It is just really hard to imagine progress without them.
Ken’s discipline and devotion to his work have given us just such a foundation --it’s a magnificent foundation.
Ken, thank you very much. I wish I could be there with you to enjoy this moment.
- Owen Jacobs
"Ken's creation and continual updating of
If you look at the work that Ken has done, it is obviously monumental.
To me though, I think his greatest contribution has been in the narrative
For many years it was thought that R.O. stood on its own and had a fence
So I offer Ken my sincere congratulations and thanks for all he has done for
- Jerry Gray
"One of the constant criticisms of RO over
"With great persistence and focus, layered
"Ken has selflessly given his time and energy to
"In the area of human endeavour which we can call
"Ken has made a continuous and significant
"As well as being the font of all RO history,
"Ken, we salute you on a magnificent creation
"Ken Craddock has built with dedication and generosity
"Ken Craddock’s work with the Requisite
Society roles Ken intends to play in the future:
- Society bibliographer
- Update the print bibliography periodically
- Plan and carry out a project to identify, collect, organize and tag all kinds of digital resources related to requisite organization
- Serve on the Society’s Editorial Board
- Support graduate students and academics in their research related to SST
- Support academics in teaching requisite organization
- Support general managers and consultants with RO-related research to support them in their organizational projects.