Enabling generative change and societal impact
“We are delighted to support government departments, as committed people strive to make a difference to people here in the UK and beyond.”
Deeply customised, from years of working alongside in-company wisdom
Leading-edge external perspectives and practices in leadership and complex change
Video, reading material, downloadable tools, templates, notes
Resources available to the Government Internal Audit Agency
How do we put these courses together?
Our lessons and courses are created by our team, through a number of different processes:
Integration of academic materials at Masters/Doctorate level
In every lesson you will find videos, handouts and readable text on screen that is the outcome of months - sometimes years - of deep research.
Especially the deep dive lesson which starts each course, you will find that upwards of 15+ major academic text books, and hundreds of peer reviewed journals, articles, practice magazines and web-based resources have been meticulously worked through, cross-referenced and a unique, integrated and grounded review of the territory generated. To gain this breadth of understanding by doing this work yourself would take months of Masters/Doctorate level dedication.
The content does not only take in the work of Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak and our colleagues of the BMI, but draws on a career's examination of the work of all the key contributors to Organisation Development - from Lewin, Lippett and Schein, through Argyris, Senge and Scharmer to the complexity practitioners like Snowdon, Stacey and Shaw - with a few unusual sources to bring some different perspectives.
Consequently, you can expect the deep dive lessons in particular to contain longer videos, and more seriously academic and theoretical content.
By working through these thoughtfully - not skimming, but allowing the ideas to stimulate your own questions and insights - we aim to help you to make your own connections, and know how to develop your own lines of curiosity and ongoing learning going forward.
Curation of links to other materials - to give you a one-stop-shop for the very best and latest ideas
We aim to make it easy for you to find and follow hyperlinks to external resources, so that the hard work of "searching" within the job of "researching" has somewhat been done for you.
We see this a bit like being the curator of an art gallery.
An art curator doesn't just get hold of ALL the paintings they can, and stack them up in a "room" in any order or placement. He/she makes judicious selections, deliberately leaving out some potential works, deciding how high to hang them on which wall, and in which order the visitor will encounter them, as a sort of "journey" through the space and experience. He/she decides how to light them, what frame they "wear"... so that the "walk through" is meaningful, thought provoking and enjoyable.
We are doing the same with not only the products and resources that we create ourselves, but the careful curation of external sites and products, via hyperlinks embedded in the lessons themselves.
You may not follow these links in your first work-through of the course materials - but you will have enduring access to the lessons, and the links within them for a year after starting the course.
At any time you can use this to act as a resource base and library of useful go-to's in your everyday practice.
Application supported by downloadables
Over 30 years, we have been deploying these ideas in our OD practice, working with some of the largest corporates, but also a wide variety of governmental, NGO and not-for-profit institutions large and small.
In this time we have created a massive library of powerpoint slides, documents, exercises and workshop designs based on dialogic approaches to change.
Where relevant, we have included access to these resources - so you can download them, amend them to your own practice, and start to use them in your own work.
You will also find handouts with notes spaces, which you can print if you wish, and use to enhance your learning experience while watching videos and exploring the lessons themselves. Neuroscience research has shown that when we take notes in handwriting (not so much when typing), it sort-of doubles-up our learning retention of the ideas on offer. It also leaves you with an enduring set of your own notes, covering the content, which you can come back to again and again, after your access to the product itself has expired.
Frequently asked questions
How long can I access a programme or course?
Your programme, course or module will be accessible to you for 1 year from the time you start it.
However in each lesson there are also PDFs, tools, products and exercises, that we think you will want to keep - you can download them, or print them.
You may also have an Alumni version of the programme to be transferred onto at the end of your specific 'cohort' programme. If this is the case, you will have enduring access to all the materials via this product, for as long as your organisation is running the overall programme.
What if I fall behind and out of step with the programme timing?
All significant learning commitments require some dedication. This means making conscious choices, and carving out the time to acquire, experiment with, and reflect on what you are exploring. Sometimes, this is going to clash with other priorities and occasionally it might feel a little overwhelming - even for the most dedicated learner. If you know that a busy period is coming up, plan for catch-up time in the weeks that follow.
You should plan, right from the start, to allow for between 1 and 3 hours per week (depending on your course intensity and structure) studying and then applying the ideas at work, to keep up. Some people prefer 'binge-learning' (stacking it up and taking a whole day to sink into the module, but do it less regularly) and others like to do one or two hours each week. Whatever your style is, we recommend that you book the time in your diary, and protect it when it comes under pressure.
Our client customised programmes usually mean you are following a routine - with new modules 'starting' at a given time, within a given cohort group. This might tie in with Peer Support Group meetings, or workshops or webinars. If this is the case for your programme, an important aspect is that you are not alone - but in a community of learners in your organisation. The timings of 'live' experiences or group meetings are rarely changed once the programme starts, as this would impact negatively on your colleagues and co-learners. Keeping up with others, so that you share your learning and benefit from their experience, is important.
If you have concerns about whether you will be able to do this, and if you fall behind at any time, just reach out to us and we will try to help.
Can I commission custom courses for my organisation?
Many of our programmes (like these for your organisation) have been originally developed especially for a client. It is our clients around the world that 'pull' new content and commission what we go on to build, to meet their needs at any given time.
If you would like to either curate a custom programme from our existing stock, or you have an area of new content that you would like us to look at, just contact us and we can help.
What if I'm not satisfied with my course?
Our courses and materials are getting great feedback from users inside your organisation - but of course it might not suit exactly what you are looking for.
If you have any concerns or feedback, or you think you have been enrolled on the wrong course for you - please speak to us, or to your Learning Co-ordinator/HR person (whoever you would normally arrange these things with inside your company).