Why Organisational Development often fails to deliver

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...]

Applying LEAN to HR, Training and other administration based departments #HRBlog

The term Lean has been in manufacturing organizations for many years. Increasingly organizations are applying Lean to HR and Training departments too. Lean Thinking Many take it to be a process to do with the improvement of manufacturing efficiency. Indeed it was in the Toyota factories that the process started. Even in Toyota in the early days it was about a lot more than manufacturing processes. It covered supply, sales, logistics and administration of all kinds.In the last 5 years, … [Read more...]

Not What Why

When situations are difficult it is easy to remain task focused (what), but does this help us maintain a future resistant approach?Schein in “Organizational Culture and Leadership”  says “what happens in organizations is fairly easy to observe, but in the effort to understand why such things happen, culture as a concept comes into its own”If leadership is the key to the future success of our organisation then culture is the lock. In a world where we are very short term-ist (just look … [Read more...]

Do Management Models and Theories Work?

“What Management & Business Methods, Models and/or Theories have provided executives/managers and their organizations (e.g. company, institution, team) benefits and improvements”Over the years I have used many of the management, leadership, business and change models and theories and unfortunately the answer to “do they work?” is YES and NO.One of the difficulties with any management, business or leadership models is that we forget that the original success for using a given strategy … [Read more...]

Introduction to Knowledge – Understanding – Action The RapidBI approach to Change

Introduction to KUA™ Knowledge -> Understanding -> ActionKnowledge leads to Understanding which can be applied into effective Actionis the process and principles that RapidBI base all of our programs, products and development upon.We recommend that when starting any OD or change intervention that you follow this simple, yet effective process:KNOWLEDGE - learn the principles, underpinning information and concepts UNDERSTANDING - from that knowledge develop your … [Read more...]

Change Management and Change Management Models

Introduction to Change, change management and change management models For any organizational development (OD) intervention to be effective, change needs to be lead or at the very least managed.Many organizations focus on the project management aspects of change. While this is an important factor - it is not the critical factor. People are. Having said that, it is about balancing the development or change of both at the same time - see our business growth model.Often when … [Read more...]

HR needs to split operations & strategic activities – needing to live the company values

For years HR has been fighting to have a seat at the top table. It wants to be seen as more relevant and important to the business.The simple reality is that HR is neither operational or strategic to many organisations, and the reason is simple….. a lack of customer care. Many of us have dropped the ball. We have been playing the wrong game, on the wrong court, with the wrong ball! If we want to be strategic we need to talk $$$, that is a topic for another blog (watch this space), on another … [Read more...]

Organizational Diagnostic Reviews

What is a Diagnostic Review? Before exploring the function and content of a Diagnostic Review lets understand what we mean.Diagnostic - Refers to something that is used to determine the cause or disorder in a function/ organization.Review - A commentary, often with criticism or correction. Also a report providing a critical consideration of a work or activity. A diagnostic review examines an organizations management and financial systems and practices. Diagnostic reviews are generally … [Read more...]

Organizational Change & Traffic Management & Flow

Managing change - the hidden factors of flow Recently while thinking about how change is implemented and impacts organizations, I can across an interesting article on traffic flow.In the UK on our motorways we now have "active traffic management" systems where lanes are closed & opened by control staff, and often used in conjunction with variable speed limits. Most drivers hate these as they usually slow the traffic up by 10 mph. Does this really work to manage traffic jams? and more … [Read more...]

History of the SWOT analysis

History of the SWOT Analysis In recent years I have become rather obsessed with the history and origins of the SWOT, along with PESTLE & SMART.As the months have gone on I have identified much of the history of SWOT analysis and found may sites which appear to have credible sources - however when one 'delves deeper' often the data is clouded, indeed whenever I read of a source I attempted to buy the original book - so have amassed a large collection of old management books.For example, … [Read more...]

History of the SWOT Analysis (brief)

History of the SWOT Analysis Model In recent years I have become rather obsessed with the origins and the history of the SWOT analysis model, along with PESTLE & SMART.As the months have gone on I have identified much of the History of the SWOT analysis and found may sites which appear to have credible sources – however when one ‘delves deeper’ often the data is clouded, indeed whenever I read of a source I attempted to buy the original book – so have amassed a large collection of old … [Read more...]

Organizational Development & Organizational Effectiveness

OD Culture and needs assessment What is Organizational Development?Organization Development (OD) is a complex strategy intended to change the beliefs, attitudes, values, culture and structure of organizations so that they can better adapt to new technologies, markets, and challenges. Organizational Development methods are employed to improve Organizational Effectiveness (OE).Performance improvement is a key reason for implementing organizational development tools and methods.Or in simple … [Read more...]

Managing Change in Organizations

Managing Change in Organizations Welcome to our page on change management.For organizational development to be effective, change needs to be managed. Many organizational focus on the project management aspects of change. While this is an important factor - it is not the critical factor. People are.Often when undertaking change processes in organizations we focus on the process, the project management. Often when change fails it fails because we have not taken into account the impact … [Read more...]

Creating an organisational wide innovation culture

Creating an organisational wide innovation culture Ever heard people say...“What we need in this organisation is innovation”, “Creativity will give us the edge”.Leaders often utter these words with little realisation of the difficulties of bringing about a fundamental shift in the behaviour necessary to create an innovation culture across the enterprise. “We can empower people to bring new ideas, we’ll run some workshops on creativity” if only it were that simple. But alas this … [Read more...]

CSI in organizations a valid approach

CSI in organizations – a valid approach? We are in the beginnings of massive change for both the way we employ people and the way organizations are financed and run. To prepare us for the ‘new world’ we need to look at things from a different perspective.At first glance Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) in organizations and organizational development may look a little out of place, but when things go wrong it can help the rest of the OD world to understand why the ‘victim’ died, who was … [Read more...]

New Science as a Model for Organizational Development – Walonick

New Science as a Model for Organizational Development David S. Walonick, Ph.D. The world is changing. The deterioration of structure is apparent where ever we look. The old ways of doing things no longer works. Rapidly expanding technology has irreversibly altered the world in ways which we are still tying to understood. We have entered a new era characterized by the proliferation of information.New scientific discoveries are forcing us to re-examine many of our basic assumptions about society … [Read more...]

Quick and painless interventions and solutions

Quick and Painless? In our fast and busy lives we are often looking for that ‘quick fix’ the ‘painless solution’ – but are they? Does it work?All too often on professional forums and networking groups I hear people asking for quick and painless solutions. Do they really exist in the worlds of business, Human Resources (HR) and Organizational Development (OD)?Just because a solution is quick does not mean it will work in the medium or long term, nor does it necessarily mean it will … [Read more...]

Strategic Organizational Development

Organisational Development professionals are the CEOs allies in creating a top performance culture for the organization.Organizational Development professionals are specialists in Change Management and Culture Development. However many find themselves in positions that make it difficult to get a straight line of communication to the CEO. Mainly because of the Organizational structure and the fact that OD-Organization Development is located under HR. Ideally the OD Head would have a position … [Read more...]

Organizational Development a true path to strategic development?

Organizational Development a true path to strategic development? - getting holistic Traditionally Organizational Development (OD) was mainly concerned with the three S’s of an organisation:Structures Staff and SkillsSpecialists and consultants practising in Organizational Development would look at an organization and identify its stage of growth or maturity.  This would form the basis of a ‘diagnosis’ and an initial plan for change and developmental action. There are many variants of … [Read more...]

organizational development OD

Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, OD Culture and needs assessment What is Organizational Development?Organization Development (OD) is a complex strategy intended to change the beliefs, attitudes, values, culture and structure of organizations so that they can better adapt to new technologies, markets, and challenges. Organizational Development methods are employed to improve Organizational Effectiveness (OE).Performance improvement is a key reason for … [Read more...]

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