Last Saturday, 8th October, saw the third CIPD Midlands Area Partnership event. Jon Bartlett and I were the blogsquad for the day and thankfully lots of other people were on the # too. It’s been great to see the numbers of people grow on Twitter at events like these, and there were some good debates happening, as well as straight sharing of content or appreciation of what was being spoken about.
For this post I’m delighted to be hosting a piece from Andrew Page. I worked with Andrew and a number of his fellow leaders alongside Lane 4 as part of their leadership development programme at Loughborough Uni, and I subsequently went on to work with more of the Anglian team at one of their main UK locations.
At the age of 30 I was properly introduced to the concept of chaos when I had my first baby. Until then, or at least through my ’18 and over’ life, things had been fairly un-chaotic. That’s not to say they were uneventful but any surprising or unexpected events were mostly fun and things I wanted to be part of. As I went from 25 to 30 we bought our first house, did it up and purchased much from Ikea (other household shopping outlets are available). During that time we settled into the rhythm of grown up working and home-owning life.
Last week I attended the Barefoot Winter Conference at Prestwold Hall (beautiful location – and yes I’m slightly biased because it’s where I got married!). This post is a collation of my thoughts and reflections from the day which I know will help me learn and absorb, and which I hope will have some nuggets of interest and insight for you.
We moved house on Monday! We’ve been living with my mum for over 7 months – she’s definitely gone above and beyond the job description! Now that we have our own place again I popped to a large wholesale store yesterday to stock up on exciting things like kitchen towel and loo roll. This is the second big batch of kitchen towel I’ve bought in my life – 20 in a pack!! #awesome When I used to buy 2 or maybe 4 rolls at a time I would save it for real necessity, using it only when it really felt like the best thing to use. Otherwise reaching for a cloth. Since switching my shopping habits my attitude to kitchen-towel-use has changed*. There’s something about knowing you have a bountiful supply of absorbent paper available that makes you free and easy with its use. Split some milk there, no problem, let me wipe it with some kitchen towel. Red wine on the carpet, no worries, kitchen towel will soak that right up.
Final piece goes to Rob Jones from Crossrail and Ally Salisbury from Sheppard Moscow.
Building a sustainable culture of collaboration in Europe’s largest infrastructure project and creating alignment across boundaries and conflicting agendas.
Focus for last 3 years has been creating space for new tracks and stations – finished tunnelling in June this year!
Karen Dumain from the NHS Leadership Academy.
Talking about achieving cultural shift through tech – how can practitioners make use of tech?
Karen’s background in Behavioural Science and feels like OD is coming home. Joined the NHS a bit over 2 years ago. Karen and Paul Taylor lead ‘Do OD’. They link with the Leadership Academy to spread OD capability across and above the system of the organisation. Focus on Dialogic OD.
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 🙂
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.
Steve Morton Head of People and OD at Virgin Money.
The VUCA got a mention! *klaxon* But yes, change is happening all the time, it’s just that it feels a lot faster these days.
We all have a different response to the word ‘change’. As we do to most things in life. We all have different baggage we bring based on previous experiences.