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Organisational Development (OD)

In today’s fast paced, ever changing business environment, an organisation’s ability to respond is key to survival and success. It is not the ‘organisation’ however that decides when, why or how to respond, it’s the people within it.

Organisation Development (OD) is rooted in the deep connection between the best business processes and structures and the people working with them. Practising OD means balancing economic growth and impact with human systems perspectives, building an agile, resilient and emotionally intelligent workforce, promoting compassionate, ethical and sustainable leadership and organisational practices, and having a clear sense of purpose. It is concerned with creating great organisations!

Course overview

Our highly practical in-depth programme will equip you with a core understanding of what OD is, with practical OD tools and techniques; it will improve your skills and provide you with greater awareness of your self and group process, in the context of organisations and networks. We achieve this by bringing theory to life through practice – using your real world situations and experiences as the starting point for deep learning.

This is a two-part residential programme:

Part One: OD starts here – Exploring your role, your skills and your choices in daily interactions with individuals and groups, contextualised within your organisation.

Part Two: OD as intervening – Looking at group and system dynamics and ways to understand, respond to and influence them.

Immediately below are the key features of the programme.  We also have a full programme overview.

OD Practitioner course: programme summary

OD intervention can support teams and individuals of all levels perform more effectively and increase the learning capacity of an organisation as a whole. Effective OD within organisations, and across networks, is vital in making change programmes stick and this success is driven by people who understand OD and who have all the tools and techniques available to successfully influence and communicate with people in a range of situations. Our in-depth approach ensures you leave the programme as a highly effective OD Practitioner able to deliver successful and impactful organisational development back to your organisation.

Part One: OD starts here

Mapping of OD

An overview and discussion of OD history, current relevance, values and definitions, inclusion, connecting and consulting, working with difference, partnership, ownership and the OD cycle

Self-enquiry

Self-awareness and self-audit, use of ‘self’ and instrumentality, relational dynamics, the uniqueness of individual experience

Impact and influencing

Intended and actual impact in one-to-one interactions working with actors, giving and receiving feedback, putting new knowledge and insight into practice in the group

Part Two: OD as seeing and intervening

Enquiry and intervention

Connecting individuals in groups, inclusion and exclusion, noticing and intervening, enquiry and crafting incisive questions, storytelling and facilitating

Group dynamics

Bringing group dynamics theory to life through practice, exploring Gestalt principles e.g. resolving unfinished business, building and examining group effectiveness

The power of groups

Large Group Interventions and Action Learning

Introducing the system

Developing system-sight and diagnosis, Organisation Workshop simulation

This programme is for you if…

  • You identify as working within the field of OD but aren’t yet comfortable with being called an ‘OD Practitioner’.
  • You’re a change agent, manager or leader who recognises the importance of bringing people with you but want to have a greater insight into how to achieve this.
  • You have a background in HR, an aspiring HR Director perhaps, or are a Learning and Development professional or similar who wants to have more of an OD lens and add OD skills to your portfolio.
  • You’re involved in local authority or public sector transformations which require changes in mindset as well as structures and services.
  • You’re in the commercial sector and have been recognised as having OD ability.
  • You work in a non-profit environment that is needing to attend to its internal dynamics as well as its commitment to its external mission and purpose.

People who enrol in the OD Practitioners Programme leave with clarified purpose and intent, more open to difference, are less attached to their own ‘rightness’, more committed to genuine dialogue as a route to change and have the confidence to engage differently with others towards that.

What will you be able to do at the end of the course?

  • Self-awareness

    You’ll be clear on your own skills, strengths and values and your unique contribution to OD. You’ll be skilled at using your experience and awareness of self to influence others and bring knowledge of the OD cycle to scope, question and contract for OD activity.

  • Group dynamics

    You’ll have the tools for effective enquiry and intervention that is truly inclusive. You’ll be aware of how to facilitate groups of all sizes and help them recognise and take responsibility for their own effectiveness.

What you’ll get out of the OD Practitioners Programme

At the conclusion of the OD practitioners programme you’ll be making connections between all aspects of the programme and how it links to your work. You’ll realise how ‘self’ links to group, group links to system and the integration between it all. Beyond that you’ll see your ‘self’ more clearly in it.

The course offers a huge number of takeaways, including a wide variety of models and tools for you to decide what is appropriate for your work. Feedback from participants continuously highlights that the programme changes how they function as OD practitioners in addition to the benefits of the knowledge they have gained. At Roffey Park, our experts are here to get the best out of you so you can give the best back, and the true measure of how effective our programme is, is in how self-sufficient, effective and motivated you are at the end of it.

Delivery Team

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Cindy Cox
MSc, BA (Hons),
Programme Director
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Ana Karakuse
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Tom Kenward
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Andy Smith
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Shelly Hossain
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Steve Hearsum
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Suzanne Penn

Benefits for organisations

On completing Roffey Park’s OD Practitioners Programme, your OD professional will:

  • Be an effective OD practitioner within their organisation
  • Be able to lead change management programmes with more confidence and impact
  • Have the skillset, tools and techniques to influence effectively
  • Be capable of  communicating across all levels and in challenging situations
  • Have a greater awareness of what influences people’s ability to embrace change in organisations and understand how to intervene effectivelyInitiate and follow through participative approaches to complex change

Benefits for OD Practitioners

  • Build your confidence and impact as an OD practitioner.
  • Increase your self-awareness by identifying strengths and development needs in relation to a set of OD practitioner capabilities.
  • Broaden your knowledge of the history and roots of OD practice and increase your influencing and facilitation skills.
  • Develop a systemic approach to identifying OD needs.
  • Improve your knowledge of group dynamics and your ‘use of self’ and their impact on your OD practice.
  • Grow your network of like-minded OD Practitioners in parallel roles across sectors

Someone told me before the programme: be under no illusion you are already doing OD. This programme will only give more confidence and tools. I disagree. This programme has enabled me to start to find more meaning and purpose in what I do. It’s been transformational.

Moi Tu

Absolutely brilliant. A beautifully pitched journey through OD, self, group and organisations. Insightful, impactful, humbling, energising, uplifting and transformational. The best development programme I have been on.

James Thompson, Senior HR Business Partner, Jaguar Land Rover

Massive insight into myself, my capability and my potential. I felt so much more attached to and involved in the experience than I ever thought I could. I learned more about myself and my potential than I ever thought possible.

Philippa Richards, Learning and Development Manager, NFU Mutual

The OD Practitioners Programme is by far the best learning experience I’ve had. It was immersive, challenging, thought provoking, well-paced and quite therapeutic to boot. World class learning.

Eddie Shephard, Head of Operations, Cello Signal

Programme director

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Cindy Cox ,MSc, BA (Hons)
Meet the team

When, where and prices

Location Course Duration in days Dates Status Residential price Non-residential price Options
Horsham (London Gatwick), UK ODP 35 6 to Full £3,500* N/A
Part One 3 to Limited N/A N/A
Part Two 3 to Limited N/A N/A
Horsham (London Gatwick), UK ODP 36 6 to Available £3,500* N/A Book
Part One to Available N/A N/A
Part Two to Availble N/A N/A

Programme details

The OD Practitioners Programme is divided into two parts, each three days long. It can be extended to an Advanced level with a further three days and additional time building a portfolio for the Graduate Certificate. The programme is structured around individuals, groups and organisations, often referred to in Organisational Development as self, group and system.

Part One: OD starts here

Self-enquiry is a key component of the OD practitioner programme and at the start of part 1 you’ll be asking yourself some important questions: ‘What’s brought me here?’ ‘How expert am I feeling?’ ‘What are my strengths?’ ‘Where could I usefully develop?’ Not only does this give you a benchmark for your knowledge journey, it helps us surface and work with differences right from the start.

Early on you’ll be introduced to a map of OD, giving you an overview and a grounding into what OD is and how the origins of OD influence its values and priorities. We’ll explore how inclusion is linked to values and look at how OD practitioners calibrate to, understand and challenge the norms around them.

We will explore the nature of contracting, from an internal and external OD perspective, bringing this to life within the group to illustrate the theory and practice.

Instrumentality is an important feature of OD and this programme. We look at the use of self, the idea that who you are influences what you do, your decisions and actions and the impact you have on others.

On the third day of module 1, we bring in professional actors to give you the opportunity to try out and receive feedback on an important conversation you know you need to have with someone from your real world. We’ll also give you chance to consider how your participant group is operating and what might increase its effectiveness.

Part two: OD as seeing and intervening

Groups continue to be important in part 2 and using the participant group as a laboratory for interventions is a key feature. We’ll start with enquiry as a key OD practitioner skill. You’ll learn what makes a good frame and how to ask insightful questions that really draw out opinions and perspectives of people in the room.

Before and during this part of the programme, you’ll be asked to think explicitly about inclusion and exclusion and your experiences of intervening in groups using the method of story circles. We’ll apply this method in practice by using it to explore your experiences of intervening, seeking to facilitate, or shift what’s going on in a group, which in turn gives you a new way to intervene with a group!

Using the frame of the Burke-Litwin-Stringer model, we’ll ask you to co-devise and co-facilitate an intervention for the group so you can experience what it’s like to collaborate in the planning and preparation as well as the delivery phase of an intervention. This is a feedback rich experience, as it’s immediately followed by self-critique and peer and tutor feedback.

Group dynamic theory underpins this whole module, and as a group you’ll use our group effectiveness questionnaire to score yourselves against that ranking. We’ll explore methods and group dynamic theories and throughout you’ll be asked to examine and voice what’s going on for you within the group. This helps you move beyond politeness and get real.

The module concludes with Organisation Workshop, a day long simulation which creates a temporary system under pressure. This gives you a visceral experience of what it’s like in a heated organizational environment from the perspective of roles in leadership, management or customer.

Locations

We work across the world to support your needs wherever you are, adapting our style and approach to fit. Our hub in Singapore provides tailored and open programmes across the Asia Pacific Region. And we have team of consultants and associates across the globe, so the possibility of working with us is never far away.