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 …

The Art of Asking Great Questions: Exploring the Value of Open Space Technology and Action Learning for OD Initiatives

Our March Event “The Art of Asking Great Questions: Exploring the Value of Open Space Technology and Action Learning for OD Initiatives” was skilfully facilitated by Andrew Rixon, Founder & Director of Babel Fish Group.  Andrew has been working with Bob Dick, inveterate Action Researcher, on the integration of Open Space Technology and Action Learning approaches in the areas of …

Getting Better Together: Enabling Collaboration and Learning for Success Michael King

Our 2016 calendar is a series of exciting events each of which will ponder, from a unique perspective, a question which is at the heart of OD; is the modern workplace fit for purpose? What is its effect on us, and is it working? In February we were privileged to have Michael King from Quality Learning Australasia to begin this …