What an exciting year 2017 has been for the SAODN. Hosting the international OD community in September was the biggest accomplishment of our local OD community to date.
If you haven’t seen the video of the conference yet, check it out at the end of this email. As we continue to grow as an OD community, I am coming to realise more and more that OD offers people who believe in human-centred values for organisations an open source of tools, techniques and processes that support healthy and effective organisations. You don’t have to call yourself an OD practitioner to be one and benefit from the developments and thinking in the OD space.
We are looking forward to an equally exciting 2018. Thank you to all the members in the Gauteng community that have participated in the recent review of the local chapter – we will be in touch shortly with the next steps based on that review. We also recently participated in the SABPP drafting of Leadership Standards for South Africa. The draft standards are available for comment on request so let us know if you want a copy.
This time of the year is an excellent opportunity to renew your membership. We kept our rates steady in 2016 and 2017, but there is an increase in fees from 2018. If you renew now, you can however do so at 2017 rates. Your membership gives you free access to all OD Corner events, opportunities to reach our members, conference discounts, webinars and local and international workshop discounts. In 2017 the workshop and discount offers gave you more than 4 times the value of your membership fee.
As in 2017 there is an option to join IODA and the SAODN through a single membership. If you are planning to attend the IODA conference in Turkey in September 2018, know that there are 10 IODA bursaries available for that conference (full attendance, excludes flights).
The Board has also decided that members who volunteer for the Regional Organising Teams in 2018 will qualify for a volunteer discount to say thank you for the efforts. This will apply for active rather than past volunteers. We have positions to fill in all our regions and on the management team, so let us know if you are keen to get involved in 2018 in service of our profession.
Those of you that were at the IODA Flourish conference would have had the opportunity to meet our amazing interns. Rejane Damonse, a final year Tsiba student, really stood out in terms of her abilities, the eager way in which she embraced challenges and her overall interest in our field. Her note on the interning experience with the SAODN is at the end of this email. I would however like to encourage anyone who is looking to employ a young OD practitioner in the making once she finishes her studies at the end of this year, to contact us so we can connect you with her. We are so proud of you Rejane!
We look forward to your continued support of the SAODN. Renew your membership now to save on 2018 rates.
Managing Director SAODN
My interning experience for the SAODN
by Rejané Damonse
Being a part of the SAODN and IODA Flourish Conference organising team has been an exhilarating experience to say the least. I am currently completing my BA degree majoring in entrepreneurship and leadership. Like any other student who goes into the workplace without any real corporate experience I was nervous and thought of myself as incompetent. I was given the responsibility of organising the accommodation and transport for the conference. This was not an easy task as I was not familiar with the tourism industry and had to be proactive and learn a lot as I went along. These two portfolios required me to have open communication with delegates that were attending the conference and this gave me the opportunity to work on my interpersonal skills and build relationships along the way which are now considered lifelong.
The organisation of the conference was fast paced with high levels of stress and really pushed me to my limits which seemed to be very high without me knowing it. Watching the conference unfold and everything fall into place was a satisfying feeling because of all the hard work that went into it. It felt good knowing that I was somehow part of the success thereof. I’ve had the amazing opportunity of interacting and meeting wonderful people from all over the world who touched my life. This internship has also been a great growing experience for me where I was able to learn more about my skills, capability and how I’m able to add real value in the workplace. There have been many challenges and triumphs along the way and it has contributed tremendously towards my personal growth and confidence levels. I’ve learned so much about myself as well as the organisation development profession through this working experience.
I was fortunate enough to be part of a team of brilliant human beings that thrive to do everything to the best of their abilities and that has encouraged me to do the same. I am so grateful for the opportunity and the experiences that I have made along the way. Interning for the SAODN will always be one of my biggest achievements. My biggest lesson that I’ve learnt out of this whole experience is that I am capable of more than I can imagine. I would like to end off with a portion of a quote that resonated with me throughout the past 5 months.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson.