Who’s Afraid of Performance Management?

September 6, 2017

A review of the ODA Event on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 This was an exploration of “Performance Management as a Hated Task” by presenters Paul Lloyd and Gail Simms of “work in teams”. The message from this event was that we need to design performance management systems around the business environments that exist today, rather than 20 years or more …

What gets you out of bed every day? Why do you do what you do?

August 8, 2017

July Event Review A stimulating night responding to the questions posed: “What gets you out of bed each day?” “What keeps you doing what you do?”. Using a narrative approach, with drawing as a vehicle, we all were able to consider what comes to mind in response to these, on the surface, simple questions. Through the use of trios and …

Authentic conversations to create the space for change

July 3, 2017

Co-hosted workshop by ODA & ICF We have had great feedback about this event. Janet Sernack did a great job introducing us to a process (developed by her) that created the pathway to having an authentic conversation. The process, whilst originally designed around coaching, is certainly not limited to just that situation. Having had the opportunity on the night to …

Finding the Courage to Take an Ethical Perspective

June 5, 2017

May 2017 Event – moderated by Wendy Harding (NIODA), with Andrew Jamieson (Benetas), Susan Long (Academic-NIODA) and Danielle Jacobson (Pelagraph Consulting) There were a couple of factors that kept recurring during this fascinating evening. The first was introduced by Andrew Jamieson in response to the question “What is an ethical perspective?”. Andrew said, for him, it was simply ‘doing the …

Putting the Heart Back Into Business

May 5, 2017

– with Pamela Frost (Because) and Geoff Manchester (Intrepid Travel) – Wednesday, April 26th. This was a really engaging and interactive session as the audience was challenged by Pamela and Geoff about what organisations should care about. To answer this requires an understanding of the purpose of a business. Is it one-dimensional as we would expect i.e. looking after the …

An Evening with Dean Williams and the Adventures of a Global Change Agent: Stories and lessons from the field

March 29, 2017

with Dean Williams What an absolutely fascinating evening! This was a highlight event as Dean Williams took us through his journey as a Global Change Agent, but it wasn’t the story one usually hears from those working in this field. Dean is based at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and serves as the faculty chair …

Can play have its rightful place at work?

November 30, 2016

with Wendy Grenfell CEO and founder Elgin Hall Merrilee McCoy General Manager Trash Puppets Jhess McKnight Creative Director Trash Puppets Our last event in 2016 was “Can play have its rightful place at work?”. A big thank you to our presenters Wendy Grenfell (CEO Elgin Hall), and Merrilee McCoy and Jhess Knight from Trash Puppets. We had an absolutely delightful …

Crucial Conversations – Crucial Accountabilities

October 25, 2016

with Geoff Fleming General Manager VitalSmarts (Aust/NZ) This was another well attended event that provided those in attendance with both a theoretical and hands-on experience with how to deal with difficult interactions in the workplace. Our presenter, Geoff Flemming, set the scene by exploring our behaviour when faced with difficult conversations and how we typically respond to them. He suggested …

Fit for Purpose? A panel exploration of the modern workplace

September 28, 2016

This was another great event. While we expected a lively discussion, the nature of it allowed a very open and engaging conversation in which we considered what a “fit for purpose” purpose actually meant. The process was as enjoyable as the content! Key questions included: 1. What is the purpose of the workplace? 2. What does ‘fit’ mean? 3. What …