Do OD Superstar - Jamie Parker

Jamie Parker

19 / 11 / 2015 2.11pm

Our November superstar is Jamie Parker, OD manager at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). Before joining NHSBT Jamie worked in a range of private sector organisations as an internal and external consultant. 

One of his roles was working for a not-for-profit organisation and it was this position that lead him to the NHS. Jamie's diverse experience has significantly helped his understanding of organisational cultures, the most complex being the NHS. Jamie uses coaching, systems thinking and team dynamics to help leaders and teams progress. He is an enthusiastic resource investigator, who is always seeking out new tools and approaches and he collects books - the OD kind!  

1. What does OD mean to you?

It is a conscious way of working with people in an organisation, often in chaotic and uncertain situations, that leads to emergent improvement.

2. What OD projects are you most proud of?

One of the challenges with OD is that we’re only temporary members of the teams and individuals we work with. However the following projects have been significant for different reasons.

  • Working as part of team to change the conversation about the annual staff survey in Gloucestershire Hospitals.
  • A series of interventions which involved working with senior teams and frontline staff to make sense of their staff survey results and using them to celebrate success and make improvements.
  • Developing a simple, two question, 360 degree feedback survey to help leaders get powerful, developmental feedback, formally and informally.
  • Coaching, I've had the privilege to work with some amazing people.

3. What would you like to learn more about?

Dialogic OD, organisation design and coaching. I am currently working on my ILM executive coaching and mentoring course and there’s always more to learn.

4. Who inspires you most?

So many people, my wife Deb and two daughters, my former ‘shiny’ colleagues in Gloucester, my new colleagues at NHSBT and the whole NHS OD community. 

5. What’s your one 'must read' book, article or website on OD?

I can’t pick just one, so my current list (in no particular order) is:

6. What would you like to achieve in the coming year?

In the next year i want to:

  • build relationships and work alongside people to help NHSBT make progress
  • support the Do OD evaluation project, so that our community can show the value that we add
  • work with our current group of coaches and mentors to develop the support we offer our NHSBT colleagues.

7. What would your motto be?

'Carpe Diem' from one of my favourite films, The Dead Poets Society.

8. What advice would you give to a budding OD professional?

Know yourself, then be a sponge for knowledge. Recognise that organisations are full of people, so invest in relationships and stay authentic. Look beyond the behaviour you are seeing, embrace the chaos and work with your sponsor to capture the progress.

9. What is your favourite sandwich?

Ham, Red Leicester cheese, apple, coleslaw & pineapple. I’m salivating just thinking about it!

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