This is the third conference that I’ve been to.  The Institute for OD conferences are always great to attend. Not only are the team very ethical, welcoming and knowledgeable, they also have very interesting clients. It’s really great to be able to network with them and find out what sort of organisational issues they are facing. The Institute for Organisational Development provides fantastic speakers so I always learn a lot.

Gill Smith, Chair, Association for Coaching in the UK

“This is the first organisational development conference I’ve been to with The Institute for Organisational Development. I’ve particularly enjoyed keynote speaker Lynne Cunningham of RHN. Lynne spoke about many elements that are very similar to my organisation so it’s encouraging to know that the sorts of problems that Kingston Hospital faces have been picked up and we’re on the right track. The conference provides an opportunity to talk to others in similar situations and take shared learning back to my own organisation.

I thought the problem-solving workshop with Dave Hill was very good. In just half an hour he was able to simplify the processes that we went through. It confirmed for me the fact that if you don’t put the correct amount of time and energy into addressing an issue, you might solve the problem quite quickly but it’s probably not sustainable and you know that you’ll go back and revisit it. The models Dave presented were useful and I could see how they could be used in my organisation.

The conference has been an opportunity to hear from other’s experiences and what they’re doing in their organisations but also an opportunity to talk it through with them as well.”

Sarah Tedford – Barking, Havering and Redbridge.

“The Organisational Development Conference in Corby has been a great experience. As a public sector worker I get to meet people from all different walks of life, all with their own stories to tell regarding organisational development. It’s a fascinating experience to be able to understand how other organisational journeys have developed. It’s been a really good event”

Dave Hill, Superintendent, Northamptonshire Police.

“This is the first time I’ve been to the conference and it has absolutely surpassed my expectations. I came here thinking that I know quite a lot about OD, actually what I found is, that there is food for thought, the thinking and the contributions that others have made has actually stimulated my own thinking. To be able to take something back into my own organisation has been tremendous. I highly recommend it.”

Lynn Cunningham, Director of Corporate Services, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

We were looking for an organisation to come and help us with our OD work. Northamptonshire Police is a very traditional thinking police force with a very traditional culture which is based on vocational values. We found that Institute for OD really understood our value set and how people come to work with us with the vocation in mind. This has been really powerful through the change programme. The Institute have really helped our staff to understand how and why we need to change.

Fiona Davis, Head of Corporate Services, Northamptonshire Police

I’ve been working with the Institute for about a year and a half now. I’ve worked specifically with Steve who has helped me to develop an OD programme for the organisation. They provided a really useful framework which I’ve used to define the OD programme. Steve did some cultural diagnosis to help us understand which issues needed solving. He then worked with us to draft a specification to get somebody to ship development into the organisation. It was great having someone with the expertise to bounce ideas off and provide support whilst trying to change the culture of the organisation.

Kate Grimes, Chief Executive, Kingston Hospital

The Institute for Organisational Development are really focused on bringing organisational development to a very long standing organisation with a lot of history with all of the challenges that a very fast moving NHS healthcare environment brings.

They have been really pivotal in helping the team at an executive level understand what good behaviours, management, leadership and coaching skills can bring to efficiency and to better operating procedures.

The Institute don’t tell us what to do, they enable us to understand how we can better configure our services. They have a range of services which we are benefiting from in coaching and consultancy. They also run an institute which we are very pleased to be members of as this allows us to share knowledge and interact with a network of people who are equally sized with the need for OD alongside business planning, strategy and the inevitable bottom line. It’s a very healthy relationship and one that is producing return for our investment.

Angus Somerville, Chief Executive, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

“The RHN is a medical charity which means we are independent from the NHS. We rely heavily on the funds that we acquire to give quality of life to patients with really complex neurological conditions and brain injuries. I was thrilled and delighted when The Institute for Organisational Development selected the RHN as one of their CSR partners which is very special for us, we felt very privileged and honoured. I believe it’s drawn us closer together as a partnership. We’re invested in making the changes that they can help us with, but equally they are investing in the hospital and helping us deliver our services that we feel are so important.”

Lynn Cunningham, Director of Corporate Services, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

Very useful – for me this was the best style as it was informal and flexed to the needs of us all.  Each session was different and changed to what our needs were.  My expectations have been exceeded.

Lynne Fawcus, The Co-Operative Group

I have found the coaching course infectious; it’s like dropping a pebble in a pond and watching the ripples naturally spread over the water, covering an area much wider that you could have ever imagined.

Dianne Jackson, Working Together Better Lincolnshire Initiative