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Last night Dan Pilling and I welcomed a great group of people to the first birthday of Learn > Connect > Do where we were talking about workplace + space and whether we do indeed still need offices.
Dan started the event with a Pecha Kucha about how the workplace has evolved as technology and work has changed. We no longer need all the desk space and personal office space we used to have in the 70’s. Instead that’s mostly been replaced by bland, row upon row, of simple-to-design-and-install identikit desks where people spend too much time sitting => which we now know is causing all sorts of health problems including impacting our sleep => and poor sleep affects our work performance. Oh, and the hours we spend sitting commuting to these offices…
BREAKING NEWS! Ian Ellison now also speaking at Learn > Connect > Do!! Read on….
On 1st December it’s Learn > Connect > Do, the event for people professionals who care about making work better.
This quarter we’re talking about our workplaces and spaces and stimulating the debate from the position of “Do we need offices?”. It’s fantastic to have Dan Pilling and now, not just Dan, but Ian Ellison too! They’ll be joining us to bring us their deign and workplace insights and get the discussion going. As the Chair and Deputy Chair of the BIFM Special Interest Group they know their stuff!
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.
At the start of May I attended a course in Team Coaching, taking coaching from one-to-one to a team brings a whole different set of challenges and opportunities to improve organisational performance…
One of the topics we had some debate around was that of power in work. Power so often has negative connotations. In the same way the word conflict does. If I’d used that word instead of “debate”, what image would have come to mind about our conversation? How would you have felt about it? And what about “power”? What do you think and feel when you hear that word?
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.