Articles and blogs


Read some great articles and blogs from the OD community. Once you’ve read them, we encourage you discuss them in the NHS Organisational Development & Change LinkedIn Group or tweet us at @NHSE_DoOD.

We're always looking for new contributions, so if you've written something on OD and want to share it with members of our network then please do get in touch!

This page is currently being updated to index all the articles and blogs from across Do OD.


Articles and blogs are catalogued by author (first name) A- Z

A - C

D - H

  • Dr Dione Hills, A diamond standard of evaluation
    Principal researcher consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, Dr Dione Hills proposes a different standard of quality to add real value to the organisation development intervention.
  • Gareth Evans, Patterns that connect
    Senior organisational development officer at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Gareth discusses how systems thinking can help us notice and understand patterns of behaviour in organisations and uses practical examples to examine how the theory can be applied in practice.

I - M

  • Mee Yan Cheung-JudgeStaying Sharp in our practice, 
    Mee-Yan reflects on the 2015 Global OD Network conference that took place in Oregon in October 2015. 'Staying sharp in our practice' synthesises Mee-Yan’s main OD takeaways from the conference, and also encourages us to “start journaling and find someone with whom you can discuss how you can stay sharper in the OD field”.
  • Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge & Linda Holbeche, What is the role of an OD Practitioner?
    Taken from their book on organisational development (OD), this article looks at the role of the OD consultant and how they can use their expertise, relationship building skills, and personal experiences to make a difference within their organisations. 
  • Professor Michael West has written an exclusive blog series for Do OD across several areas. 
Professor Michael West, Visions of high quality care, March 2013

Professor Michael West, Clear objectives in the NHS , April 2013 

Professor Michael West, People management is a simple equation, May 2013

Professor Michael West, Cultures of engagement, June 2013  

Professor Michael West, NHS team work - apple pie in the sky, July 2013 

Professor Michael West, Leadership is the embodiment of culture, October 2013 

Professor Michael West, Stuck on the Culture Change Springboard, July 2014

N - U

  • Nick HolleyHow do we change Organisational Culture? 
    Culture in the NHS is undoubtedly under the spotlight and in this article Nick looks at the importance of paying attention to organisational culture and gives tips on how to affect culture change within the NHS. 
  • Peter HoneyWant to get something done? Have a meeting 
    We spend so much of our working lives in meetings but how many of them actually make a difference? Whether you’re starting a new OD project or chairing a team meeting, Peter offers tips on how to stop wasting time and make meetings work for you. 
  • Richard French-Lowe, Reflections on the role of OD in the NHS
    Richard French-Lowe reflects on the role of OD in the NHS and whether learning and development has evolved over the last few years.
  • Sandy HastilowHow to win the generation game
    Sandy Hastilow is the Talent Programme Manager at Health Education East of England and has written a blog post for us on intergenerational talent management. The article explains how each generation typically works within an organisations and how to make the most out of what they offer; giving some top tips on how to play the 'generation game' and ensure your workforce is engaged and motivated. 
  • Stefan CantoreChanging culture through conversations 
    How can we co-create organisational cultures in which compassionate attitudes and behaviours are the norm? Where can we find the wisdom we need at this time? What ways of working and relating will support continuous culture development?
  • Stefan CantoreCompassion is an OD issue
    Whilst OD is often seen as ‘pink and fluffy’, Stefan argues that it is one of the key mechanisms for embedding compassion into the everyday culture of the NHS.

V - Z

  • Wendy Cartwright & Michelle OwensLearning from London 2012, 
    The London 2012 Olympic Games were the highlight of the year for many people. As part of the legacy of the games, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has shared several of its key documents with us to make available to colleagues across the NHS. Featuring case studies, strategy documents and reports on engagement and wellbeing, there are some fantastic resources here that every OD professional will want to see.

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