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What is OD Fundamentals?

This pilot has been created in response to requests from our community of Organisational Development practitioners in the North West.

It is a series of 4 stand alone, online modules designed to provide insight into the core elements of OD and bring together colleagues to explore key topics and challenges. The series is designed to complement existing OD offers currently available.

Each module will consist of two online sessions delivered via Zoom and participants must be able to attend both parts of the module in order to book a place.

Who is this for?

This series of modules is aimed at:

  • OD practitioners looking for an opportunity to refresh their thinking or make wider connections in the North West OD community.
  • Those who are newer to the world of OD or take responsibility for OD functions as part of their role and are interested in learning more and sharing best practice.

Each of the 4 modules will be split into 2 on-line sessions delivered on-line via Zoom. The approach is pick and mix, so participants might choose to book on all 4 modules or just 1, but for the benefit of each group and continuity it is necessary to attend both parts of a module.

Module 1. What is OD anyway/OD Fundamentals?

The first interactive module will use small group discussions to explore different interpretations and beliefs about OD, answering challenging questions about the purpose of OD in the modern world and a short ‘top up’ of theory from leading OD thinkers.

Module 2. Developing an OD Mindset

The second module will help participants recognise their own assumptions around how change happens and how that might be developed/enhanced so that other ways of working in change might emerge. This will include exploring personal theories of change and other alternative options.  One of the most powerful – and simple – questions, that someone with an OD mindset asks, is, “What else is going on?”.  This session will help check personal biases and open-up thinking to look around the system more broadly.

Module 3. Self as Instrument

This module is designed around one of the core fundamental principles of OD – Self as Instrument.  It will explore how personality, values and behaviours can affect OD practice and work – whether as someone who identifies as an OD practitioner or not.  

Module 4. Innovative design/delivery techniques for working in new spaces

Most OD designers and practitioners are like magpies – always looking for new things to try to engage people and groups – or sometimes, simply to gain traction and get people’s attention. In this module, participants will explore new methodologies particularly current at the moment, that might be useful for stimulating conversations. Open Space and other self-selecting methodologies will be used to ensure people have maximum opportunity to share what’s working for them at the moment.

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