Organisational Development Superstars-  Amanda Grindall


30 / 5 / 2014 3.46pm

Our OD Superstar for May is the brilliant Amanda Grindall, who is the Director of Leadership at NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative (the Leadership Directorate of Health Education, Kent, Surrey and Sussex) Amanda has been involved with DoOD from the start and is currently leading our System Wide OD group, who are looking at how to do OD across NHS systems. There's going to be some absolutely fantastic work produced by this group and we're very grateful to Amanda for her passion, enthusiasm and leadership. 

We'll share the work from the System OD group when it's published for our July conference, but until then, here are Amanda's answers to our OD Superstar questions:

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

I am Director of Leadership for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative, a partner of the NHS Leadership Academy and an integral directorate within Health Education, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.    I have the joint privilege of being the lead for OD in relation to our own staff but also of working with professional OD colleagues in the region to support them build their own capability and play a bigger role in our local healthcare economy. Increasingly I find myself being asked to act in an OD consultancy role, particularly in relation to large scale change initiatives.  This is challenging stuff and I am eternally grateful to be able to access the shared wisdom and knowledge pool our OD Networks (locally and nationally) offer.

2. What does OD mean to you?  

To me OD is all about working with and through people to harness their individual and collective power to respond effectively to an ever changing environment.  The purpose of this being to create and deliver an adaptive, sustainable service provides a high quality experience for both staff and customers. 

3. What OD projects are you most proud of? 

Setting up a Programme Management function in a new health informatics organisation and being part of a change team implementing new healthcare IT systems.  In each case feeling that my role was essential for keeping the focus on engaging and supporting people through the change and not just the technical change requirements.  It’s all about relationships. 

4. What would you like to learn more about? 

I have studied and qualified to master’s level in change management and, although the focus of my role is strategic, I am really keen to learn more about practical OD tools and hone my facilitation skills so that I can use them to support and develop individuals and teams. 

5. Who inspires you most? 

The people I meet through coaching relationships who are working at the frontline in the NHS.  Their passion for the work they do and desire to do it well whilst working under immense pressure never ceases to amaze me. They keep me connected with the “real world”.

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

The Human System Dynamics Institute website. A brilliant “share” at an early DO OD Event – thank you.  The links to resources and articles are brilliant.  I have a particular passion for complexity theory and can really submerge myself in learning to think differently through their sign-posting. 

7. What would you like to achieve in 2014? 

I would like to receive feedback that indicates we have a thriving and sustainable DO OD System Group and KSS OD Network, which meets the needs of members in raising capability and capacity in our profession for the NHS. 

8. What would your motto be? 

Have faith. 

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

There is so much variety in the profession, take your time to explore different avenues to find the aspects that really play to your strengths and interest.

10. What is your favourite sandwich? 

Beetroot and salad cream.  Yum! 

If you have any questions about her work, then please feel free to connect with Amanda on Twitter @amandagrindall

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