Blogtober: It's Only Words

Dean Royles

02 / 10 / 2014 12.01am

By Dean Royles

#Blogtober Day: Thursday 2 October

I love words, the sound of them, the way they roll off the tongue, the search for the perfect word with the perfect meaning at the perfect time.  I like words like onomatopoeia and amoeba and love words with difficult to define meanings like ubiquitous and inscrutable ….

…. and there is no finer word to associate with organisational development than inscrutable!  Everyone has a different definition and earnestly (another great word!) believes that we have to get the definition right if we are to do OD well.  I disagree - sorry!  There are also those who find the OD link with HR uncomfortable - others insist they are perfect bed fellows - in fact, if there was an OD independence vote it would be harder to call than the result than the Scottish Independence debate!  Incidentally, ‘kilt’ is also a lovely sounding word.

One of the great things about the Do OD campaign is that it doesn’t worry about precise definition, the beauty of the campaign is the ability to connect like-minded individuals to share a journey of development, success and failures but with a commitment to learn from the experience.  To accept that we know roughly what we mean by OD and that is sufficient to make progress and to be collaborative (a stunning word!)

But the real delight of Do OD is the desire to help people network - face-to-face, emails, newsletters or virtually; in groups small and large.  For what it’s worth, I think this is what has been missing from OD is the networking.  There have been many well-meaning but often short-lived attempts to network, locally, regionally and nationally.  A year on the Do OD network is going from strength to strength and it feels very authentic (love that word) and remains vibrant.  It is incumbent (ohh!) on all of us to keep it going.  I intend to continue to play my part.  You have my word!


Dean is the Director of HR for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. The former Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Dean has been a DoOD supporter since the beginning and can be contacted via Twitter @NHS_Dean.

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