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

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?

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

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

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 …

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Conversations

With Dr Christopher Gribbins Fellow, University of Melbourne’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. What a challenging event! Christopher introduced us to the Socratic Method which is based on the principle that to understand a person’s perspective requires you to understand the deeper concepts driving their thinking. To effect change you must target this deeper level and make it explicit. …

A Perfect Storm: The Rise In Bullying Claims In the Context of Change

With Dr Brigid Nossal & Wendy Harding National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia. This session was a reflection of Brigid and Fred Wright’s paper on the rise of bullying claims arising from the implementation of major organisational change. They examined the impact on parties involved and the legislated processes that had to be followed when a bullying complaint was made. …

Footy Fever Hit ODA!

With Chyloe Kurdas, Female Football Development Manager, AFL.   Continuing on our theme for 2016 “Modern workplace fit for purpose” Chyloe Kurdas, Female Football Development Manager at the AFL, spoke on creating meaningful and lasting cultural change by addressing gender bias and imbalance. With such a unique insight as Female Development Manager within a male dominated industry, we were curious to …

May 25th Wednesday – Cyriel Kortleven – “Ladders & Bananas – survival kit for professionals in change”

Cyriel Kortleven was the presenter for the 25 May ODA session. Cyriel shares his passion for creative thinking across the globe from Denmark to New Zealand. For this session ODA joined with the Knowledge Management Leadership Forum. Using the metaphor of a ladder (rules and policies) placed over a banana to protect us from falling over (a risk); Cyriel demonstrated …

Reflections on the Dynamics of Disruption and Uncertainty with Mike McAllum

Mike the futurist architect challenged us to do the hard thinking required to re-frame the role of Organisational Development and position OD to facilitate the development of strategy more aligned to a complex, ambiguous and interconnected world. He asked “is OD ill-suited to supporting this change, are we too wedded to the current state; “is our stewardship to play the …