#CIPDOD15 Aligning Org Capability and Culture to the Org Plan

Inji Duducu, Group People Director of Benenden.

Talking about using Appreciative Inquiry to identify the org’s true values, and developing engagement and comms strategy to sustain commitment across the org.

Benenden is a healthcare provider (mutual, not-for-profit) – they’re a single product, single price healthcare provider.  80% of spending member funds is finding a fast route to diagnosis via private.  Do lots of cataracts, varicose veins,… and offer helplines at a single flat rate at £8.45 a month with no restrictions – the most under-priced product ever!  And available for corporate schemes 🙂 read more

#CIPDOD15 Beyond OD Orthordoxy: dialogic and networked change approaches

This is with Prof Cliff Oswick of Cass Business School at City Uni London.

It’s going to be a fairly quick look at moving away from problem-centred change and to discursive approaches to OD.  Shifting from top-down to emergent, network forms of change.

Traditional vs Dialogic vs Emergent OD

1900s to present – orgs as machines.  1960’s to present – orgs as systems.  1980s to present – interpretive meaning-making systems, 1990s to present – complex adaptive systems.  The last 2 acknowledge the complexity, subjectivity, emergent, chaotic nature of OD. read more

#CIPDOD15 Transitioning Target Culture into Behavioural Expectation

This session is from Zurich Life – James Sutherland (Interim Business Consultant) and Kirsty Knight (HR Business Consultant) – they’re going to be talking about embedding change through employee involvement and centrally organised initiatives.  These two sound opposing positions so I’m intrigued to learn how they’ve made this work. I’m wondering if this is Polarity Thinking in play where it can’t be one or the other and success comes from balancing both. read more

#CIPDOD15 Transitioning from HR to OD

Claire Thomas, Head of OD at Penguin Randomhouse

Claire became Head of OD when Penguin and Random House merged and was offered the challenge of bringing those two cultures together.

Claire felt it was, and still is, knitting fog.  She’d been told it was about planning and making change happen but became much more emergent and evolutionary.  She decided to stop looking outside for answers and chose to ask what the organisation needed from her. read more

#CIPDOD15 Embedding Transformational Change

First session is with Prof Julia Balogun, Associate Dean of Research at the School of Management in the Uni of Bath – wow that’s a long title!

This is a quick intro intended to inspire practitioners to consider alternative approaches to change and helping OD practitioners to drive their own capability.  Whatever impact you want to have in the world, it starts with you. read more

Expectations in a Box

Think of yourself at work and how it feels right now.

If you imagine you’re in a box at work, what would that box be like?

Are you in a roomy box with space to spread yourself out and change position?

Are you cramped in a box that you feel you could burst out of any minute?

Do you remember once feeling like you could burst out and now you feel like you’ve shrunk to fit inside? read more

It’s nearly here! #CIPDOD15

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I’m excited!  On 29th September I’m taking a trip down to London for the CIPD OD Conference and what a day it looks like it’s going to be!

I’m not sure how long Org Development as a term’s been around.  I first learnt about it from the imminently wise David D’Souza, back in 2013, when I found out that the job I’d been doing and known just as a change programme, was in fact OD!  Who knew!! read more