OD through the looking glass by Cat Hase


25 / 5 / 2016 3.42pm

Cat Hase, Internal Organisational Development Lead at Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit

Attending the ODNE conference was a bit like being Alice in Wonderland. I followed the white rabbits (aka Paul and Karen) down the rabbit hole and came out in a world of wonder.  I got advice from various caterpillars, attended a tea party (they called it a Gala Dinner) and played various games along the way! Like Alice I grew – or at least my mind expanded with all the new knowledge and interesting conversations that I had.

One thing that became apparent to me on the first day was the use of 'lenses' in the world of OD.

I was introduced to a new OD tool called 'the kaleidoscope', where we viewed a particular problem through a variety of lenses, this had my brain ticking over.  We then moved into an open space session and using the 'rules of two feet', I fluttered between two discussions.  

The first discussion i joined was on resilience and was run by Giullermo Rogel (Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Trust) and Sarah Bond (Business sake consulting ltd). The second discussion i joined was on embodiment and presence. The session was run by Tom Kenward (Roffey Park) and Julian Burton (Delta7).  It became apparent to me quite quickly that I appeared to be having the same conversation in both sessions - just through a different lens.

Now, one thing I should add before I go much further, is that I’d also been struck with inspiration by Tom (of Inky Thinking) who was drawing the conference on a massive sheet of paper on the wall.

So as I sat in my second discussion I started sketching and thinking about how I’d represent the two conversations I’d been part of in a visual way that showed the views through two different lenses.  To be fair, this didn’t flow out all at once.  It’s been a gradual process to allow me to digest a few things. But I’m sharing my thoughts with you below in the hope that you too can get some food for thought.  

Through Cat's looking glass

The inspiration for my sketch came from the people who presented the topics and those that took part in the discussions, so thanks to all those who’ve expanded my thinking on this topic.  

Useful links
For those who want to explore more, please try these resources. 
Tough at the top referred to by Sarah Bond at the resilience discussion. 

Influence & Impact – Embodiment & presence at the heart of process skills (Visual Dialogue presented by Julian Burton and Tom Kenward at the Embodiment & Presence discussion) (link to document here) 

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