September Event Review – A Taste for Storytelling

Shawn Callaghan weaves stories into his discussion in a way that means you barely notice them but feel compelled to listen. In our September event, Shawn shared a little about his approach to storytelling and how we can become better organisational storytellers – how to acquire business storytelling without being taught. Ironically for me, who was happily listening without overthinking …

case study of change

August Event Review – A case study of change

Our August event “A case study of change” was presented by Sherri Huckstep, Chief Experience Officer at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital. Sherri, the first person in this role at the hospital, comes from a health professional background but in describing her work, demonstrated all the insights and practice of an experienced OD professional.   Sherri began the evening by sharing …

Event Review – Making Hybrid Hum

July Event Review – Making Hybrid Hum

As we transition out (and in some cases back in and out again) of mandated work from home a ‘new normal’ of hybrid working is emerging. While this isn’t totally new, the scale of it is unprecedented, and many OD practitioners are faced with considerations of how to make hybrid work for people and organisations. We were very lucky to …

What we’re reading: Recommendations for June 2021

What do you do when you’ve had enough of the imbalance that is destroying our democracies, our planet, and ourselves?  Well, if you’re famed academic and OD practitioner Henry Mintzberg, you set up a website in April 2021 to help us pursue the rebalancing of society. I stumbled across this recently, and was immediately taken by the depth of feeling …

workshop experiences

May Event Review: It’s all in the design – Workshop experiences that engage and deliver

For our May event, facilitator, mentor, writer and speaker Jacinta Cubis led us through a fun and practical discussion on how to design workshop experiences that engage and deliver. Engaging and delivering results is about getting your audience involved and having fun, while achieving the session outcomes. We discussed the value of planning, and the balance between a tight script …

What we’re reading

ODA Committee Member Meredith Crowe has been appreciating the work of Kim Scott. Following her insightful work on ‘Radical Candor,’ Kim has developed another framework ‘Just Work‘. Read more on Kim Scott’s “Just Work”       From ODA Vice President Kaliopi Tsousis: Many of you will remember our February 2020 evening with Professor Gervase Bushe on Dialogic OD. He …

Diversity and Inclusion

March event review – Diversity & Inclusion – Bias in Organisations

When we ask our members what topics they would like to see in ODA events, one theme that often comes up is diversity and inclusion. For our March event, we explored this topic through stories and experiences. Our guest, Ieta D’Costa is a radiation oncologist, and PhD candidate researching attitudes to indigenous Australians within our health system. Ieta’s work, and …