Organisational Development Superstars - Steve Keyes

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Steve Keys

26 / 2 / 2013 11.06am

Steve Keyes had the honour of featuring as our first ever OD Superstar! As Steve has recently started a new role as Head of OD at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, we've updated his answers for 2014! 

1. How would you describe your role in the organisation?

Using organisational psychology principles and research and applying these to help transform organisational culture and employee engagement. Working with my team, staff and patients implementing strategic OD interventions; integration work with adult social care; staff engagement projects; service innovation and working with change process; talent management projects for resourcing and selection; leadership development; executive assessment; learning and development; identification and development of high-potentials and succession planning.

2. What does OD mean to you? 

OD means thinking strategically about what the organisation needs not wants and offering healthy challenge on current systems, processes and behaviours. It’s about acting as a role model to achieve the best outcomes for patients and service users and getting my sleeves rolled up and getting stuck in!

3. What OD projects are you most proud of? 

In my last role at Bradford District Care Trust, I was particularly proud of our talent programme and development of our competencies using a distributed leadership model.

4. What would you like to learn more about? 

Positive psychology.

5. Who inspires you most? 

  • Staff and service users
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • Alex Lifeson, the Guitarist in Rush

6. What’s your one 'must read' book on OD? 

I don’t have one book 'on OD' but themes tend to be around culture, change, organisational citizen behaviour; so Kotter is always a must read and Organ, Podsakoff and MacKenzie. Also, my battered copy of Gordon Allports book on personality, which I guess is more of a comfort blanket looking back on how far we have come in research.

7. What would you like to achieve in 2014? 

I’m not going to produce a list but simply to say, help the organisation through the challenges ahead and offer counsel to colleagues who need it, helping also to align all OD work with and in consultation with patients and service users.

8. What would your motto be? 

Think different – nicked from Apple!

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

Use research to inform your practice and network with people inside and outside of the NHS.

10. What is your favourite sandwich? 

Pastrami with pickle and mustard!

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