Archive for the ‘Organisational Development’ category

“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 […]

How can organisations take a holiday?

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October 3rd, 2016

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For those of us who holidayed in August, our break may seem like a distant memory now the weather is chillier and the leaves are starting to turn. But our bodies may still be benefiting – a recent study (1) of healthy adult women on a 6-day holiday at a meditation retreat compared blood samples […]

Emerging themes in the field of organisational development

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September 9th, 2016

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At a recent event for our MSc in People and Organisational Development alumni, Andy Smith outlined some key, emerging themes in the field of OD. You can watch Andy’s video presentation by clicking on the play button. You can view Andy’s slides as a pdf here.

How do we find belonging at work?

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May 25th, 2016

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Belonging touches what is core to our human experience, as social beings, about where, and sometimes how, we find ourselves in relation to others, and perhaps what we can create together as a result. When we’re muttering about ‘management’ or talking down about ‘the team’ we distance ourselves from the people that make up these […]

Organisation design without organisational development? Can’t be done.

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January 19th, 2016

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In fact, it is bonkers. And before I provoke a storm of interdisciplinary warfare between opposing camps of practitioners, let me backtrack for a moment and start with a couple of definitions: Organisational Development: “a systematic approach to improving organisational effectiveness – one that aligns strategy, people and processes” – Roffey Park’s definition Organisation Design: […]