Appreciative Enquiry

September Event Review – Hello Appreciative Enquiry, is it you I’m looking for?!

At the September ODA professional event, Jacqui Martin, COO of the Langley Group, led ODA members and others in an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry. Jacqui described Appreciative Inquiry as: A process for facilitating positive change in organisations, committees – in fact, any kind of group, large or small and A conversational, appreciative and strengths-based approach to organisational change with a …

Organisational Zoo event

Organisational Zoo – August 2019 Event Review

By Meredith Crowe   On Wednesday, 28th August, our ODA community gathered for our last winter event of 2019. Laurel Sutton introduced us to Organisational Zoo; a powerful metaphor for understanding organisations, relationships and behaviours. Laurel is an accredited Organisational Zoo Ambassador, the owner of Creative Cognition and collaborative partner of Complexability.   Laurel began with a premise we could …

July Event Review – Are you implementing or installing change? with Paul Lefebvre

Many of us in the ODA community are involved in various facets of organisational change. For our July event, Paul Lefebvre, Head of People and Culture for the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, gave us an opportunity to reflect on our experiences and answer the question: “Are we implementing or installing change?” As …

Annual winter dinner

June Event Review – ODA’s Annual Winter Dinner

On 26th June we held our second annual ODA mid-year dinner. This year we gathered at Teta Mona, a traditional Lebanese restaurant in Brunswick East. The event was very well attended and it was terrific to have so many of our new members there too. It was a fun night and conversation flowed easily and noisily around the table over …

May 2019 event with Kristyn Haywood

May Event Review – Fostering Trust in Leadership with Kristyn Haywood

Our ODA community gathered on a freezing cold Melbourne May evening to speak with ‘People for Success’ founder, Kristyn Haywood, about leadership, trust, and courage.   Kristyn has a strong reputation as a leader whisperer, and her self-described “quirkiness” is immediately disarming. She is an experienced facilitator and executive coach, using her skills and learnings for leadership education and transformational …

April Event Review – Mindfulness Pros and Cons with Sarah Francis

The ODA community was privileged to have Sarah Francis, registered Psychologist and Director of the Melbourne Mindfulness Institute, to facilitate our April event, ‘Mindfulness, Pros and Cons.’ Sarah is extensively trained and experienced in mindfulness theory and practice with over twenty years’ experience. She has conducted many Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) programs as part of individual therapy for …

what do CEOs want from od

What do CEOs want from OD? – March 2019 Event Review

For our March event, we were joined by Bevan Warner, CEO of Launch Housing, and Kath Sutherland, Head of Talent, Capability & Learning at BP, who helped us dissect and answer this very important question. The session was facilitated by Max Edwards and was a follow up to our February event, “A week in the life of an OD professional“. …

A week in the life of an OD Professional

A week in the life of an OD Professional – Feb 2019 Event Review

Our first event of 2019, “A week in the life of an OD Professional”, sought to unpack the careers and current thinking of four panellists and to challenge ourselves to think critically about OD and all its facets. Thanks to the forthrightness and thoughtful reflections of Diana Dalton, Sharon Griffin, Elspeth Fink-Jensesn, and Nicola Hayes, we had a good crack …

November 2018 – Writing to Influence

In regards to the Writing to Influence – Tool Time event on Wednesday 28 November 2018, it has been ascertained that the way in which we write has an impact on how our readers interpret the intent and purpose of the text on a regular basis, despite the fact of what we as writers had initially originally set out to …

October 2018 – Organisational Dynamics

ODA Member and Deputy CEO of NIODA, Brigid Nossal, presented a very interactive session on Growing Collaboration & Organisational Dynamics: An Organisational Role Analysis Approach. Organisational Role Analysis (ORA) is a process designed to develop insight and understanding by considering role as the intersection of the person in role, the system and the broader context. Brigid shared her in depth …