System Addict

The 80s pop group Five Star sang about systems in one of their most famous hits "System Addict", where they warbled about their connection to electronic systems of music (keyboard, Walkman etc.). This blogpost is sadly nowhere near creative or catchy as their song, but its reference here is my vaguely clever/lazy and convenient segue…

The consultancy spectrum

A stereotypical image of a 'consultant' (and there are different consultants out there - but let's go with management consultant for now) is someone who is expert in their chosen field; they 'fly' into an organisation or situation; analyse, diagnose, advise, impart their wisdom, and intervene to 'fix' whatever needs sorting out. Superman/Wonder Woman both…

Finding my voice

I have been reflecting on the development programme I attended last year. It was a rich learning experience - really good to get 'back in the classroom' and oil my brain cogs, particularly as I am usually the facilitator... The first afternoon of the five-day programme (which was delivered over four months) was spent reflecting…

Curiosity…killed the OD Practitioner?

Curiosity matters for OD practitioners who work with organisations, systems and individuals. Dictionary.com offers three ways of looking at curiosity eager to learn or know; inquisitiveprying; meddlesomearousing or exciting speculation, interest or attention through being inexplicable or highly unusual; odd; strange The first definition describes, for me, what we in OD need to cultivate most…

Journey of an OD Practitioner

Have you ever had the experience of going on a training course or development programme and, whilst you're there, you reach a sense of inner clarity, purpose and/or determination to implement and integrate the things you're learning? Then, once you're back in the swing of things in work and in life, that initial burst and…