Organisational Development Superstars-  Cat Carpenter


25 / 4 / 2014 4pm

April's OD Superstar is the fantastic Cat Carpenter, Internal OD Lead at Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit. Cat has played an instrumental role in the work of our Influencing Boards and Leaders Do OD project group and was responsible for the giant DoOD on the wall at our last event in March. We love Cat's answers to our Superstar questions, especially number 5- thanks Cat!

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

As the Internal OD Lead I don’t just work with my team, but with the whole organisation; all departments and all levels.  The projects I work on vary hugely depending on what the organisation needs to support its staff at the time, but they are always new and challenging and I get to use both my logical and creative sides which I love. 

2. What does OD mean to you?  

To me OD means working with the organisation and the people within it on a whole range of projects that will enable the organisation to succeed.  We need to support and equip our staff to be able to do the best jobs they can do so that the organisation achieves its strategy. 

3. What OD projects are you most proud of? 

That’s a difficult one!  I guess if I had to pick one it would be the new performance review process we’ve implemented this year.  We’ve developed a process that promotes year round performance management, not just at set points of the year.  It also encourages people to proactively give and to seek out feedback throughout the year to enable them to know how they are doing on a continuous basis.  Some staff have already commented that the feedback part of the process has given them a real boost in confidence and the ability to see how they can further progress within the organisation.  It’s really great to hear peoples positive experiences of a relatively new organisational process. 

4. What would you like to learn more about?  

Everything; I love learning new things! 

5. Who inspires you most?

In all honesty; the DoOD network.  I get so much out of meeting other OD practitioners across the country and hearing about what they are doing and the challenges they have.  I leave every meeting with a renewed energy. 

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

After hearing Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge speak at a recent event I’ve bought her book “Organisation Development” and am working my way through cover to cover. I also spent a day in a local library last year looking at all their books and picking out the bits I needed for my current project.  That was a great way to get all the best bits quickly. 

7. What would you like to achieve in 2014? 

I’d like to raise the profile of OD in our organisation, from what it stands for to what we do and how although we (the OD professionals) may point people in the direction everyone has a role in making OD a success. 

8. What would your motto be? 

You are never too old to play. 

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

You can’t possibly know everything all the time, so take time to learn, network and reflect along the way.  It’s amazing what can grow in such a short space of time!

10. What is your favourite sandwich?

 “A number 7”……(the number from the local sandwich shop)… sausages, cheddar cheese and chutney.  Yum yum!

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