Take a look at the organisation you are in or the organisations that you work with. Who in the organisation should have or has the responsibility to…
- Increase trust between people, teams & groups
- Increase levels of satisfaction & commitment between people, teams & groups
- Confront problems rather than neglect them
- Effectively manage conflict
- Increase cooperation & collaboration
- Put in place processes to improve the ongoing operation of the organisation
I’d guess most of you would think of leaders & managers, if not all employees? Maybe not… What’s your view?
Let’s go a bit deeper. Who in the organisation should have or has the responsibility to…
- Make the organisation aware of & create alignment with the organisations vision
- Encourage people, teams & groups to solve problems rather than avoid them
- Strengthen trust, cooperation & communication to successfully achieve the organisations goals
- Encourage broad participation in planning processes to increase insight & commitment
- Create a working atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to work & participate enthusiastically
- Replace formal lines of authority with personal knowledge and skill
- Create an environment of trust so individuals, teams & groups willingly accept change
That’s maybe a bit harder to pin down. I’d guess you are now thinking about the most senior leadership team in the organisation? Maybe not… What’s your view?
Fundamentally, what we’re talking about here is the health, efficiency & effectiveness of the organisation. I believe that what’s outlined above sits under the stewardship of leaders and needs to be entrusted to the whole organisation. It’s not a one-time only event… It requires a collective and continuous effort.
What I’ve described above represents a view of the humanistic values & objectives of OD – Organisational Development. There are a range of skills, practices, approaches and expertise that the OD function brings to organisations so their value is not at question here!
My observation is that if Organisational Development sits under the stewardship of leaders and needs to be entrusted to the whole organisation, how are we developing leaders to achieve this?