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News – March 2017

2017 thus far 2017 kicks off with a new team of conveners and long time supporters. In this newsletter you can meet them and get an idea of what lies ahead this year. It is also the year we co-host our Annual Conference Flourish! with the International Organisation Development Associa
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OD Future Forward Feedback from International OD conference in Mysore, India. Cape Town, 15 September.

Lucille Greeff recently had the opportunity to respresent the SAODN at the IODA Conference (Website) in Mysore, India in August 2016 on the topic of Future Forward.  She returns to South Africa with ideas, insights and inspirations. As the SAODN prepares to host the International OD A
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Organisations – Living Systems or Competing Machines? Cape Town 30 August

The engineering jargon we use when talking about organisations reveals how deeply we hold the world view that organisations is about input and output, efficiency and effectiveness, well oiled machines where the only reason for existence is about hitting the targets consistently and na
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Making Sense of Organisational Dynamics

Making sense of Organisational Dynamics OD as an ongoing conversation with compulsively-communicating organisations How do organisations “speak” to OD practitioners? How do OD practitioners make sense of this on-going conversation? How do stories, documents, artworks and buildings sha
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Effective Teamwork – Holy Grail or realistic aim?

Effective Teamwork – Holy Grail or realistic aim? Teams are like Ferrari’s; they can be wonderful ride and produce amazing results but to keep operating at their best they need regular attention.  In today’s business environment the challenges facing team members and managers are nume
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Team Innovation and Serious Play

Team Innovation and Serious Play The SAODN invites you to come out and play! In today’s fast-moving world, innovation and creativity are not only in demand, but expected in almost all teams… and yet we still struggle to define and measure the magic that leads to true breakthroughs. As
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Cape Town, 9 June – Use of self/presence in working across boundaries of race, class and gender

‘Use of self/presence in working across boundaries of race, class and gender’ In the past 10 years, Chantelle Wylie has worked extensively in the South African public sector, coaching and consulting to across various branches of government. Chantelle’s practice addre
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Applying Empathy, Cape Town 12 May

Relationships are a pillar of OD work.  When people gel naturally, all is good.  But what of those tricky interactions where communication is misunderstood, enquiry meets with closed doors and outputs are thwarted.  Automatic, unconscious dynamics between people railroad many a potent
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“Ethical Leadership: Is it necessary or even desired in our current reality?”

Is there a place for ETHICAL LEADERSHIP?  If we reflect on some of the successful people such as Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and even our own Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family, we could argue that ethical leadership would be a hindrance to their success. On the other hand, if we reflec
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