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Vision, Mission & Values

NTL Mission Statement and Values


NTL’s vision is people empowered to create just and compassionate organizations and societies in an interdependent world.


The mission of the NTL (National Training Laboratories) Institute for Applied Behavioral Science is to advance Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) in the service of social justice, oppression-free societies, and healthy individuals, groups and organizations in the world.  We do this through:

  • Fostering learning in the theory and practice of personal and professional development, group development, group dynamics, organization change, community development, and social change.
  • Contributing to the scholarship of the ABS field through research, publishing, and knowledge building.
  • Partnering and learning with other organizations and groups worldwide. 


NTL is a community of members and staff guided by the following values:

  • Social justice manifested through inclusion, equity, access and opportunity for all people and the elimination of oppression;
  • Experiential Learning;
  • Ethical use of power;
  • Creation and dissemination of new knowledge and practice;
  • Diversity;
  • Continuous learning;
  • Colleagueship and Service; and
  • Organizational excellence and quality.

Training for Over Half a Century

Kurt Lewin
Kurt Lewin, founder of modern social psychology, designed an experiment in group relations in the 1940s. That experiment provided the scientific basis for NTL Institute’s approach to learning. This approach achieves increased awareness of self and others through facilitated group dialogue that advocates open-minded appreciation and inclusion of differences

From the very beginning, much of the theory and practice that presently underlies the professional field of organization development was created and has been taught around the world by NTL members. Founded in 1947, NTL Institute, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is a not-for-profit educational association of members and staff whose purpose is to advance Applied Behavior Science (ABS) in the service of social justice, oppression free societies and healthy individuals, groups, and organizations.

The NTL Institute Learning Experience

There are tens of thousands of NTL Institute alumni who, through NTL Institute learning, have constructively influenced their organizations, getting the best from themselves and the people they lead or serve. The NTL Institute learning experience is a contemporary curriculum of programs that reflects the most current thinking and practice to guide leaders of organizations toward discovering imaginative approaches to organization challenges and complex issues in the workplace.

Learning for Individuals

NTL Institute offers an extensive yearly schedule of learning programs for today’s business professional, trainer, consultant, or change agent. NTL Institute offers open-enrollment programs for individuals in seven areas: change management, diversity, leadership development, organization development, professional and personal development, team development, and training for trainers. All programs are designed and delivered by NTL Institute faculty who must meet rigid standards for NTL Institute membership before they can design and lead a program. All programs are lead by a team, so participants receive the benefit of the combined expertise of NTL members with extensive backgrounds, practical experience, and advanced degrees to ensure the highest level of professional competency.

Customized Solutions

NTL Institute’s Customized Solutions offers consulting services and training solutions. Putting NTL Institute’s expertise to work, professional member/consultants work with all sectors, using a systemic analysis of a situation to build collaborative solutions to critical business issues. Consulting services are offered in executive coaching, strategic planning, change management, diversity initiatives, team effectiveness, leadership change, coaching and performance management, consulting skills and positive change approaches. In addition to consulting services, NTL Institute’s Customized Solutions builds capacity to achieve competitive advantage through training in: change management, diversity management, leadership development, organization development, appreciative inquiry and team development. NTL’s Customized Solutions partners with an organization to provide consulting and learning solutions that support an organization’s mission and build competitive advantage.

Certificate Program

NTL Institute offers an Organization Development (OD) certificate program targeted to the mid to senior-level professional. The certificate track consists of required and elective courses that follow a suggested sequence. Throughout the certificate track, each participant is matched with an NTL member who serves as a learning mentor, guide, and counselor to ensure maximum exploration for the selected area of concentration. NTL Institute’s Human Interaction Lab is the basic requirement for the OD certificate track.