#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

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

Some Guest Bloggage – including that mis-posted one!

I’ve been really enjoying having some space to blog recently and I’ve written for a couple of people I guest blog for.

This one for The HR Director magazine which is about how we can get stuck in our emotions and thoughts, and how we can move out of that place.

And this one (the one I mis-posted a draft of the other week!) for Bray and Bray Solicitors about the challenging world of workplace relationships, and shifting those from the playground to an adult world. read more

Threats everywhere!

“When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi.

If you swap the word “life” for –
“ego”
or “job”
or “performance appraisal rating”
or “hierarchical position
or “share of the budget”
or “pay rise”….. read more

Leader? What about the followers?

I care about people being at their best.

My business is about helping SME leaders be at their best so their teams and their business can be too.

So I spend a lot of time reading posts and articles about what makes a great or terrible leader. What 5 things a manager must do. What the secret ingredient is we’ve been missing all these years. read more

#CIPD14 – my very first post!

In 2 weeks time I can’t believe the CIPD Annual Conference will be all over! But it’s going to be an amazing 2 days before we get to that point!

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—Street Wisdom stuff with David D’Souza
——-Innovation stuff in SMEs with Keith Jackson
———–Open space stuff on new tools and skills for learning with Perry Timms, Andy Lancaster, Paul Taylor and Niall Gavin
————–Advancing L&D for the future with Andrew Jacobs
—————–Behaviour stuff, leadership stuff, learning stuff….. read more