• OD and L&D

    Read about Organisational Development and improvement, strategic workforce development, strategic Learning and Development (L&D) and what they all have to do with each other. We discuss research and thoughts about strategic employee development and making organisations more successful by putting robust people strategies and frameworks in place. We also link OD and L&D with our specialities – learning technologies and career transition.

    Learning and Disruption

    by  • September 15, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    Time to rebrand L&D: How about Learning & Disruption?

      In the beginning, there was nothing. The people function was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God (?) was moving over the surface of the organisation. Then there was Personnel. And the gods saw that it was good, and so they made HR....

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    Thank you. (Acknowledgements)

    by  • August 31, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    A very personal blog post this week: my deepest gratitude to everyone who’ve helped me put together my MSc dissertation in organisational development for Sheffield Hallam University.

    To my partner, who absorbed more Organisational Development (OD) theory in the past three years than she would probably care to absorb in a lifetime; but read every single assignment and bravely asked me questions she may not have wanted to hear the answers to, but knew I needed to be asked them. To...

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    When FanOrgs happen

    by  • August 24, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    Not too long ago I wrote about the fandom organisation. I shared that post with a good friend of mine, also a consultant, asked me a great question: how do you achieve it?

    So how do you achieve a fandom organisation? I told my friend I didn’t know. As I continued to question myself about creating fandom organisations, I realised that trying to formulate fandom into the work environment so that shareholders could get richer feels a bit sticky and unpleasant to me, because fandoms are so...

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    Multi-lingual Leadership

    by  • August 3, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    Time to rethink the language of MBA programmes

      Not long ago I met with an MBA professor. A learned chap, highly achieved, quite seasoned. He is one of those professors who consults in organisations outside the rather prestigious university in which he teaches; one of those professors who researches and publishes papers. The lot. Seeing as I take some issue with...

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    Legitimacy is a drug.

    by  • July 20, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    We get legitimised through affirmation and we are wired for it (for good reason). But we should also be aware.

      Legitimacy is a drug. It’s a drug and it is delivered through affirmation. Think about it for a minute, if you will. That little buzz you have when someone delivers proof that you are correct and someone else is wrong? When a friend or colleague (or boss?) take your side in an argument? The...

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    Honest politics

    by  • July 12, 2015 • OD and L&D • 0 Comments

    Can politics be honest and what does that have to do with your office life.

      If I were to ask you what is the filthiest, most visceral fictional television show you know, I reckon I’ll get answers like Game of Thrones, or The Walking Dead. Maybe even American Horror Story. The cynics among you might say Pretty Little Liars. But I will look at you with a mysterious...

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