Is Organizational Development a true path to strategic development? In the past it has been behaviourally focused. Now it is time for change. Time to get more holistic. More business like. More balanced. Traditionally Organizational Development (OD) was mainly concerned with the three S’s of an organisation: Structures Staff and Skills Specialists and consultants practising in Organizational Development would look at an organization and identify its stage of growth or maturity. … [Read more...] about Organizational Development a true path to strategic development?
Strategic development: Are we missing the point? As developers, consultants and change agents, we often talk about strategic programmes and actions, but are we taking the appropriate first steps? This article looks at the steps we take and explores if we can be more strategic and add more value. Introduction Often we know where we want to get to, or at least have a good idea, but often as the old saying goes: “If I was going there, I would not start from here.” That is a very logical … [Read more...] about Strategic development: Are we missing the point?
Our business is helping your business How many times have we heard this from suppliers? Are they really there to help us and our problem - or are they there to sell a product? Or is this just a fad tag line in the business world? This is much like the training and learning debate occurring in training - the 'training provider' having a product and the learner having a need - but do they really match? The identification of needs is really important to identify the gap (gap analysis). In … [Read more...] about Our business is helping your business to grow (or survive) – tag lines gone mad!
Organisational Development (OD) is the name or label given to many HR and training related strategies, but it is more than that. Bennis in his early work "Organizational Development: nature, origins & prospects" defines OD as: "a response to change, a complex educational strategy intended to change the beliefs, attitudes, values and structure of organizations so that they can better adapt to new technologies, markets and challenges" This is just as true today as it was in … [Read more...] about Why Organisational Development often fails to deliver