Jennifer Dahnke, Deputy Director for Learning
Take a second and imagine your ideal work environment.
Maybe it’s really dynamic, colorful, and busy. Maybe it’s quiet and focused. I’m guessing that in any case, you feel effective and your work is having an impact. You probably have access to all the resources you need, when you need them. I bet there are processes and systems in place that allow you to get your job done well, but I hope they’re not too restrictive. Above all, you should be happy to be there. You’re able to learn. You appreciate your colleagues. You’re making a difference.
Are you working there now? If so, congratulations-please leave a comment below and let us know where and why. If not, don’t fear-there are steps you can take, whether you’re the leader of a large organization or a member of a small team.
At QED, we address these issues through our Organizational Development (OD) practice which is focused on how an organization uses its resources to make better decisions, improve performance, change behavior, and manage adaptively. For us, OD is rooted in the best practices of Knowledge Management (KM) and involves systems, processes, and people or culture. The more mature an organization’s KM, the better equipped it is for effective OD.
What that means:
So where do you start? Probably at the beginning. To help you better understand, QED has created an OD Assessment tool called QIntrospect. By responding to 50 quick statements (like: Budgets and timelines are often exceeded. True or False?) you can determine which stage you’re in; how strong you are in process, culture, and systems; and what you need to do to move to the next stage.
Don’t think that you need a certain title in order to do this. It can start with your desk. Heck, it can start with your home. But that’s a whole other topic of conversation…