I’ve just finished reading my pre-release copy of the Rebel Playbook and wanted to pen a few words to share my thoughts so that you can choose if you’d like to read it when it’s released on 23rd Feb this year. You can pre-order it now though – here or (currently at a reduced price) here. First up, I want to say that I have no association to Debra or Glenn so this review isn’t a “helping mates out” thing. I bought a pre-order copy, as anyone could do if they spotted the tweets promoting it. Full disclosure though – they did send me some Haribo! Which swiftly went to the kids 🙂 And a second book by way of apology because my copy was delayed.
In a couple of months, on 10th and 11th May, the Olympia in London will become home to the CIPD Learning & Development Show.
It’s a fantastic learning event – whether you go to the Conference sessions, spend your time on the Exhibition floor and in the taster sessions, or talking to fellow delegates – there’s something for everyone!
A friend shared this with me today. Her political leanings being very much on the side of Corbyn and despairing at what she saw as Cameron’s arrogant attitude. But this post isn’t about which side of the fence you sit on or which leader you favour. This is about cultural norms. The way we do things round here. And how blind we can be to how we are.
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.
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.
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.