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July Event Review: Is working remotely helping or hindering meaningful conversation?

Our July event was facilitated by Leadership Group member Carol Houtot who led an insightful discussion of how we can have meaningful conversations in the online environment that many of us find ourselves in, both at work and beyond. Anecdotally we all agreed that we had experienced meaningful online conversations. Through discussion of our experiences, we identified that while the …

March 2020 Event Review: Changing Workplace Narratives – Exploring the Power of Story with Andrew Rixon

Written by: Charlotte Francis, Grants specialist and writer, sometime ODA visitor! ODA’s March event was delivered online via Zoom reflecting the new reality of physical distancing and home-based working during the Covid-19 pandemic. More than ever, we need story to make sense of our changing world. The session started with a warm-up exercise where everyone in the group chose an …

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November Event Review – OD and Improv

Would you be willing to play improv games with your team if it added value to the team? Maybe it seems too risky or uncomfortable. For our November event, Andy Matthews had the ODA members doing and saying oddball things and laughing uproariously. In amongst the laughter we were seeing incredible value in using improv as an OD tool.   …

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 …

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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 …