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29 / 9 / 2014 3pm

A dedicated month of OD blogs provided to you by our talented OD community.

Do OD is all about helping our community of OD practitioners to connect, share and learn. So we opened the doors to our community and invited everyone to write a blog for us about whatever inspired or excited them.

The response was overwhelming – experienced bloggers and new took up their pens to tell their story.

Every single day in October we published a new blog. Each one was unique, just like its author.

The blogs range from the academic to the poetic, telling stories that are both  professional and personal. They are a snapshot of what’s going on in the world today as well as a look back at history and an imagination of the future. As a collection, the blogs are more than the sum of their parts. They tell the story of what it’s like to do OD in the NHS and so much more. 

We hope you enjoy reading the blogs and that you are excited, challenged, stimulated and provoked by them. We would like to thank you in advance for reading them and to say a huge thank you to everyone who has written for #Blogtober. There are a lot of talented people out there and we are delighted to be able to showcase their work.

Our good friend Simon Heath has illustrated all the #Blogtober blogs, we collected them in the Do OD Book of Blogs which was published as an early Christmas treat on 24 December 2014. Download and enjoy the blogs again with some fabulous illustrations.

October 1
Cat Carpenter looks back over her career in OD and explains why OD is the place for her.

October 2
Dean Royles looks for the perfect word with the perfect meaning for the perfect time.

October 3
Matt Overy explores the importance of teamwork in the A&E department of our hospitals.

October 4-5
Weekend Special 1. Doug Shaw explores the art of recognition and how it can mean so much.

October 6
Paul Deemer explores what is Do OD via the fantastic medium of Dr Seuss.

October 7
Charlie Shaw looks at the reports stating the NHS is rated top internationally and the impact this news had on her team.

October 8
Zoe Nicholl relays her learning from the Mary Seacole programme and gets comfortable with the notion that we are all leaders in the NHS.

October 9
Juliet Flynn tells us what she has learned about OD thus far in her career.

October 10
Part one - The first of our letters to our mini-me; Tom Power talks to his younger self who's just decided to take his first OD job.

Part two - The second of our letters to our mini-me; Gary Theobald tells his younger self a few things about working in the NHS.

October 11-12
Weekend special 2; Ryan Offutt explains what the principles of improvisation can teach us about compassion in the NHS.

October 13
Rebecca Watts recalls her recent wedding planning experience and draws a number of parallels between the world of OD and I do.

October 14
Nathaniel Johnston starts with once upon a time to look at how we can use storytelling in OD and leadership.

October 15
Sandy Wilkie shares his thoughts on cultural mapping in terms of bringing our organisational landscapes to life.

October 16
Anne Clare Gillon relays the history of OD and the main figures who have shaped our modern thinking.

October 17
Simon Phillips looks at networking and gives some top tips around building a great health care network.

October 18-19
Weekend Special 3; Byron Currie tells us what OD means to him and the importance of considering lesser known factors when designing OD interventions.

October 20
Paul Draycott looks at the phenomenon of the Ice Bucket Challenge and the use of creativity and innovation.

October 21
Karen Dumain looks at the power of words and how conversations can make a difference.

October 22
David Bell looks at the purpose of NHS Change Day and says all organisations need boat-rocking change agents.

October 23
Sandi Drewett details the staff storycircles project and how the extraordinary can influence the future.

October 24
Michael Ciszewski explores the metaphor of a river to describe change.

October 25
Weekend Special 4; part one. Alex shepherd recalls her first experience of the NHS and OD and the importance of a good induction.

October 26
Weekend Special 4; part two. Fay Andrews-Hodgson explores the value of the genius elf in coaching.

Weekend Special 4; part three: Jacynth Brown encourages you to innovate and think differently by telling stories.

October 27

Andrew Moore discusses the importance of personal resilience in times where change is the only constant.

October 28
John Holden explains how a framework was developed to support the appraisal process using the six Cs.Tuesday 28 October. John Holden explains how a framework was developed to support the appraisal process using the six Cs.

October 29
Ali Germain explores the wonder of birdwatching and how its principles could be applied to our work in OD.

October 30
Orlando Hampton reflects on what it means to be a good son and a brilliant employee.

October 31
Our very own Paul Taylor rounds off the month with an interesting insight into the ‘pink and fluffy’ aspect of OD and encourages us to look at the masks we wear. 

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