Organisation Development

It's a set of ideas and practices that improve how an organization functions so that it thrives.  

What is Organisation Development?

It’s a planned, systematic approach to improving organisational effectiveness – one that aligns strategy, people, and processes. Drawing upon a set of researched ideas and practices, whether the organisation is a start-up or an established business, a carefully managed focus on growth and leadership can make all the difference.  


How can start-ups benefit from OD?

Most start-ups understandably have their focus on getting the funding in place and the product out there. However, the earlier the founders (or their appointed leaders) can give energy to how the strategy, people and processes are aligned, the stronger the foundations and the less need to unravel misunderstandings.


How can established businesses benefit?

As a business matures, naturally, it becomes used to doing things in certain ways. Roles and responsibilities often evolve by accident rather than by design, and sometimes there is a lack of strategic focus or clarity around why everyone is doing what they are doing, apart from keeping the company going! There may be some alignment, but it may not be clear or stated.


What’s involved?

Typically there are 3 phases:

  • Discovery: Individual conversations / meetings with each founder/leader to understand their priorities and ascertain what questions they think need to be addressed.
  • Dialogue: Meetings with all founders / leaders together where we facilitate productive discussions around the vision, mission, priorities, obstacles, assumptions, and risks. At the end of the meeting decisions are made, roles and responsibilities allocated, and deadlines agreed.
  • Delivery: Individual and team actions to progress the decisions, with ongoing support from each other and from us.

Progress can be further facilitated with individual coaching, or coaching for the leadership team, strategic HR support for recruitment and succession planning, bringing in mentors or non-executive directors, etc; whatever is appropriate to each situation. 

We can work alongside you to:

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Every situation is different so we draw on whatever is useful for the context and the challenges before we offer solutions.

Just contact us for a confidential discussion about what difference we can help you to make.

“Linda provided excellent HR expertise and advice during a significant period of change of about six months, facilitating sessions with senior leadership teams, designing assessment centres and embedding RACI – a new process for News International.  She has the rare ability to fit into the company culture seamlessly and became “one of the team” instantly as well as getting the respect and confidence of the senior stakeholders. Her extensive experience in a range of companies ensured her advice was both pragmatic and commercial without HR jargon.”
Helen Micklethwait, Former HR Director of News International (now News UK)

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