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What is organization development?

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January 26th, 2018

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A definition of Organization Development Organization Development (OD) is the work of facilitating organisational success, by aligning structural, cultural and strategic realities of work to respond to the needs of an ever-evolving business climate. This involves facilitating a deep connection between the best business processes and structures on the one hand, and the people working […]

“It’s c**p and I’m so bored” – education?

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October 14th, 2016

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I had a delightful conversation with someone recently. I confess, I do delight when my prejudices and beliefs are affirmed. Here though, I’d like you to challenge my challenge… We were talking about his choices around how to develop himself further as a developer. He is almost one year in to an MBA in the […]

Development S T R E T C H, anyone?

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November 5th, 2015

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When I was an OD Director in a charity a few years back, I undertook the MSc in People and Organisational Development at Roffey Park. It was the most powerful and useful chapter of my learning journey to date. These days, I am privileged to be the programme director for this course so, today I’m putting the word out […]

Can I be vulnerable, please?

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October 22nd, 2015

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It’s one of those paradoxes. At our most vulnerable we can be at our most compelling and powerful. Vulnerability gets some press these days, thanks to the likes of Brene Brown (2010), endorsements for authenticity (Goffee and Jones, 2015), Amy Cuddy’s invitation to Connect then Lead (2013) and an ever growing profile for emotional intelligence […]

Why don’t we ever learn (vertically)?

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August 19th, 2015

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Much is invested in organisational and individual learning, so how come deep learning is still relatively rare? I don’t mean ‘horizontal’ learning, where the objective is to extend an existing base of technical expertise. I mean ‘vertical’ learning, where we change assumptions and frames that shape our perception, decision making and action (Brown, 2014). Those […]