Applied OD – 4 day program

A joint program from CLM and Bridges

View our other video on OD in Practice here

Organisational development (OD) is a complex and sometimes under-appreciated activity. It requires that we understand the organisation as an integrated system. This includes the usual management functions – planning and strategic change, organising and improving business systems, service delivery and evaluation. OD however, seeks to integrate these with more relational aspects of organisational life – leadership, teamwork, capability, communication and culture. OD at its best is an overarching transformative strategy engaging individuals, teams and the organisation as a whole.

An OD intervention or solution can also be just one or two elements of this whole – tailor made for specific issues or parts of the organisation. This applied approach to OD can include:

Development of formal, operational and technical parts of the organisation including:

  • Strategic planning or change management projects
  • Structural review and re-alignment
  • Policy review and development
  • ‘Business systems’ or process improvement
  • Technology and equipment renewal
  • Individual work role review and planning

Facilitating the development of more relational aspects of organisational life, including:

  • Developing the leadership styles of managers
  • Building organisational collaboration
  • Team development and the shaping of team norms, behaviour and communication
  • Developing manager and staff capability
  • Organisational culture – or ‘how we do things’ including patterns of large group, team and interpersonal behaviour

This program is conducted by two highly experienced OD consultants – working with a small group of participant practitioners. The overall aim is to develop and apply participants’ OD consulting skills and refine the OD strategies they apply in their organisations.


At the end of the program participants will have:

  • Clearer strategies for shaping OD interventions to fit their organisation and building better working relationships with senior managers
  • A framework and set of tools for OD consultancy
  • A refined plan for an OD project in their workplace
  • Greater awareness of their OD consulting style and mindset
  • An understanding of how group dynamics shapes OD outcomes
  • A network of like-minded OD professionals


The program is conducted over four workshops

2 May 2017, 9 am – 4 pm
25 May 2017, 9 am – 1 pm
16 June 2017, 9 am – 1 pm
6 July 2017, 9 am – 1 pm

The program includes:

  • Personal leadership style profiling
  • Personalised 1:1 coaching sessions between workshops;
    including a meeting together with the participant and their manager, if requested
  • All catering and materials

The program will be conducted at 190 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Cost : $3,900 There is an early bird special of $3200 if you register before 12 April 2017

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Greg Cook, the founder of the Centre for Leadership and Management, is a psychologist with more than twenty years’ experience in organisational consulting, leadership development, facilitation and coaching. Greg also holds qualifications as a teacher and social worker. Greg provides process consultancy and coaching to executives, senior managers and teams in public sector organisations, not-for-profit organisations and community groups.

In 2003, Karen Delvin founded Bridges a business devoted to the practice of OD. She has academic qualification in OD at the Graduate Diploma and Masters levels. Karen has worked as an internal OD consultant in both government and private sectors (NAB, Energy Australia, and Department of Health). Her clients include some of Melbourne’s leading organisations in the government, not-for-profit, health, finance and university industries.


To register, please contact Karen Delvin on 03 9654 3377

Overall registrations close at 12 pm on 12 April 2017

For further information please contact Karen Delvin on 03 9654 3377 or

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