#Blogtober: What I've learned about OD

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09 / 10 / 2014 12.01am

By Juliet Flynn

#Blogtober Day: Thursday 9 October

Being a role model doesn’t mean being perfect but it does mean being aware, and constantly learning. We should always role model.

Enjoy your mind, don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it.

Share ideas, join communities, network, read, tweet, us OD practitioners don’t work well in isolation we get lonely.

You are not as impotent as you imagine. Big systems or individual conversations are all part of our OD story and have an impact at some level – sometimes it’s essential to sweat the small stuff.

Expect to be blindsided – hey who doesn’t love being asked to facilitate a workshop you knew nothing about, full of senior people, with hardly any notice….!! Character building they tell me…

It’s about asking questions, not giving answers – isn’t our role to challenge, tip that status quo, point out the elephant in the room?

Take note of the compliments you receive, forget the disparaging remarks and times you were asked “so what does OD do again?” (if anyone has a pithy answer to this question, I’d love to hear it).

Follow through – no good asking questions, stirring up ideas, empowering others to take action, and then running away like it never happened. Sure, it’s not for us to take the change forward but we might need to be there to support the process, to keep momentum going, to continue that creative journey.

Act as if what you do makes a difference… it does.

Juliet Flynn is a Management Development Facilitator at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) and can be contacted via @JulietEFlynn or via Linked In.

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