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SAODN 2018 MEMBERSHIP

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.

Warm Regards
Lucille Greeff
Managing Director SAODN
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Cape Town OD Corner

Finding humanity in the workplace…the balance between ego and soul?



Join us for an afternoon to create space for collaboration on soulful organisations through theory, learning, experience and co-creation of knowledge. It is a massive challenge to coach, consult and practice HR in organisations that move at a high speed towards targets and being competitive. People need more and more to return to simple, sustainable & practical ways to care for themselves and others.


We will ask the following questions:
*“how do we support organisations to be human again?”
*“how do we find the balance between doing and being?”
*“how do we move from ego-driven speed to soulful rhythm?”


We will discuss the recent shift in organisational consciousness. I will share personal experiences and practices that work for me in coaching and consulting through the lens of soulfulness and spiritual intelligence. Further, I will share how I use experiential work outside to facilitate a move towards honesty, humanity and authenticity. These include simple ways to create space and pass it on of you like. We will also create space to connect with our own humanity.



Date: 19 October 2017
Registration: 12:30
Session: 13:00-16:00
Venue: Juta Offices, 21 Dreyer Street, Sunclare Building, Claremont.
Members: Inclusive of membership fee.
Non-members: R350
NPO/ Pensioners/ Students: R250
Please contact info@saodn.net for any queries.
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Special 50% member discount on workshops


Dear SAODN Member,

We are now in the final stretch before we open the doors to the Conference! We are so excited to welcome you. This message is a special offer to you as a SAODN member and we hope you will put your hand up and help us to make this event a huge success.

Thank you to everyone who has already taken up the member's special discounted rates to attend the conference. We see there are many of you who are not planning to attend the conference and we would like to create an opportunity for you to benefit from some of the amazing workshop experiences offered as part of the Pre- and Post-Conference.

Member's offer: Attend any of the Workshops at a 50% discounted rate.

Please have a careful look at the various workshops below and make your selection. Send us a mail at info@saodn.net to register.

Please let us know by Wednesday which of these workshops you would like to attend.

These workshop are deep dive experiences and will not be repeated during the conference.

Finally, there is an IODA SAODN member's event for all of you who have registered to attend the conference. Details will be in your mailbox today.

Kind Regards,
IODA Flourish Conference Team
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Cape Town OD Corner

Challenging the employee motivation dogma: Towards alternative means of enabling engaged and motivated workers.

Your personal energy-profile and that of your team, will largely determine the corporate climate and social culture of the organisation as a whole. It is thus crucial to understand how team energy works, where and how one can intervene to excite corporate energy.

An expert in Organisational Energy, Dr Lynne Derman, will provide delegates with creative tools to understand the dynamics of organisational energy and its generative qualities. Gain a clear understanding of team energy and its interplay with corporate culture, identify factors that inhibit or empower corporate productivity and develop implementation plans that will ensure energy is directed towards growth and sustainability.

Benefits of attending:
*Explore how to inspire and evoke more from your team members.
*Understand your role as an individual contributor.
*Discuss whether you can use your energy to make a difference.
*See team dynamics in a different light.
*Come to grips with energy contagion, and how it affects the whole organisation.

Who should attend:
*Anyone involved in leading teams.
*Change Agents.
*Organisational Development Practitioners.
*HR Professionals.
*Consultants.

Interactive experience that will allow all participants the opportunity to engage and discuss the role of energy in the work place and the impact that energy management can have.
Date: 20 July 2017
Registration: 12:30
Session: 13:00-16:00
Venue: Juta Offices, 21 Dreyer Street, Sunclare Building, Claremont.
Members: Inclusive of membership fee.
Non-members: R350
NPO/ Pensioners/ Students: R250
Please contact info@saodn.net for any queries.
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Challenging the employee motivation dogma.

July 20, 2017, 12:30pm - July 20, 2017, 3:03pm

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There is a lot of hype around high performance organisations, that is underpinned by a lack of systemic appreciation for all its inter-connected parts. Allied to this is a deep need for resilience of its employees as they are expected to deliver consistently, at an exceptional level.

This presentation will provide some practical insights into:
High performing organisational dimentions (non-financial),
The leadership paradox and its role within high performance organisations,
Tell-tale signs of decay,
How to develop resilience at an individual level.
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Cape Town OD Corner High performing organisations and resilience

June 7, 2017, 9:00am - June 7, 2017, 12:00pm

There is a lot of hype around high performance organisations, that is underpinned by a lack of systemic appreciation for all its inter-connected parts. Allied to this is a deep need for resilience of its employees as they are expected to deliver consistently, at an exceptional level. This presentation will provide some practical insights into: High performing organisational dimentions (non-financial), The leadership paradox and its role within high performance organisations, Tell-tale signs of decay, How to develop resilience at an individual level.

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Gauteng OD Corner
Addressing your company’s leadership bench strength

Who would have thought that an announcement of leadership succession could actually move markets? Yet on December 21, 2010 The Wall Street Journal reported that, “…3M rose 97 cents, or 1.1 percent to 87.34 following reports that the company is working with Chief Executive George Buckley on a succession plan.” Actually, the board of directors had been working with the CEO on this issue for more than a year, in anticipation of Buckley’s retirement in February 2012, when he will reach his 65th birthday.

Many of the CEOs we talk with these days’ express concern about the lack of bench strength in their companies. They are very worried that they lack sufficient “ready now” candidates to replace planned & unplanned losses of key leaders. As a result, the future continuity and performance of the business is at risk.

Join us as we explore how to solve the leadership talent conundrum. The war on talent compels business to grow its own leadership timber… the question is……. How do we do this strategically.
Date: 23 May 2017
Registration: 09:30
Session: 10:00 - 13:00
Venue: WorldsView Academy. 150 Kelvin Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg.
Members: Inclusive of membership fee.
Non-members: R350
NPO/ Pensioners/ Students: R250
Please contact info@saodn.net for any queries.
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Cape Town OD Corner
Sensory Intelligence

The modern workplace is changing constantly. With increased demands, global competition and technological advances, work happens faster and more intense than ever before. The WHO (World health organization) predicts that depression will be the leading occupational disease of the 21st century with stress the biggest health issue in the workplace. According to Forbes the workplace trends for 2017 focus largely on how to understand and optimize people in the workplace. Employee engagement, workplace wellness and well-being, attracting talent, team performance and workplace culture are some of the focus areas identified for organizational development.
Sensory intelligence®️gets to the core of workplace behavior in providing the following solutions:
· Sensory profiling: identify the neurological thresholds of people to understand their intuitive responses to the environment,
· Sensory audits: measure the workplace to identify strengths and gaps for comfort, performance and well-being,
· Insights and strategies: align people based on their individual responses to the workspace for improved performance and well-being
While this add value in improving workplace performance and well-being across various settings and industries, it takes open plan office design and performance to an innovative level.

During our session, we want to share sensory intelligence through neuroscience, research and personalized content to provide learning and insight opportunities. Apart from a science and theory overview, you will have the opportunity to do a short version of your own sensory profile and discuss insights which you can personally use but also translate back into value for clients.

Date: 13 April 2017
Registration: 12:30
Session: 13:00-16:00
Venue: Juta Offices, 21 Dreyer Street, Sunclare Building, Claremont.
Members: Inclusive of membership fee.
Non-members: R350
NPO/ Pensioners/ Students: R250
Please contact info@saodn.net for any queries.

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An Experiential - Theoretical Work Shop in the Tavistock Tradition.

This workshop is for coaches and OD practitioners who want to add psychodynamic capabilities to their practice and for therapists who would like to work in organisational and corporate settings.

During this interactive, three day workshop, they will cover:

Bion and the study of group dynamics
Miller & Rice / Vega Roberts - open systems theory
Social defences against anxiety
Klein & beyond / projective identification in groups and organisations
The workshop will be delivered using a mixture of small experiential groups, inter group events and a modified institutional event. The emphasis will be on the practical application of these powerful methodologies with groups in organisations and institutions.
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The Systems-Psychodynamic Model and its Application to Groups an

March 13, 2017, 8:00am - March 15, 2017, 4:00pm

An Experiential - Theoretical Work Shop in the Tavistock Tradition. This workshop is for coaches and OD practitioners who want to add psychodynamic capabilities to their practice and for therapists who would like to work in organisational and corporate settings. During this interactive, three day workshop, they will cover: Bion and the study of group dynamics Miller & Rice / Vega Roberts - open systems theory Social defences against anxiety Klein & beyond / projective identification in groups and organisations The workshop will be delivered using a mixture of small experiential groups, inter group events and a modified institutional event. The emphasis will be on the practical application of these powerful methodologies with groups in organisations and institutions.

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Competition is a fact of life: If you don’t take opportunities there is always somebody willing to literally eat your breakfast. Yet we cannot survive in isolation! Businesses and practitioners need the collective ecosystem to thrive.

This session will give participants a practical opportunity to feel viscerally into the parts of themselves that are competitive (or wants to run a mile from the very idea), and those that are collaborative. We will explore the dilemma of creating conscious co-opetition via the strengths and challenges of pure competition and pure collaboration in the OD practitioner community as well as the wider business world (think Windows/Mac, Peugeot/Citroen). We will also use relationship systems intelligence to tune into the many voices of the system in the room, and how the collective wisdom of our group can shed light on the way forward.

Participants will walk away with deep personal and systemic insights about the role of competition and collaboration in the South African business landscape as well as the OD profession, and some conscious design about how to operate more effectively in co-opetition in future. They will also get a practical taste of the Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) methodology in action.

contact: info@saodn.net for tickets
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Gauteng OD Corner Co-opetition. Enabling businesses and practiti

March 14, 2017, 9:30am - March 14, 2017, 1:00pm

Competition is a fact of life: If you don’t take opportunities there is always somebody willing to literally eat your breakfast. Yet we cannot survive in isolation! Businesses and practitioners need the collective ecosystem to thrive. This session will give participants a practical opportunity to feel viscerally into the parts of themselves that are competitive (or wants to run a mile from the very idea), and those that are collaborative. We will explore the dilemma of creating conscious co-opetition via the strengths and challenges of pure competition and pure collaboration in the OD practitioner community as well as the wider business world (think Windows/Mac, Peugeot/Citroen). We will also use relationship systems intelligence to tune into the many voices of the system in the room, and how the collective wisdom of our group can shed light on the way forward. Participants will walk away with deep personal and systemic insights about the role of competition and collaboration in the South African business landscape as well as the OD profession, and some conscious design about how to operate more effectively in co-opetition in future. They will also get a practical taste of the Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) methodology in action. contact: info@saodn.net for tickets

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SAODN is very excited to have Uranio Paes collaborating on the 28-29th January 2017.

ENERGY WORK WITH THE ENNEAGRAM - DIVING DEEP into the arrows, wings and Gurdjieff’s Laws - with Uranio Paes

Workshop date: 28 - 29 January 2017
Venue: Phakalane, 12 Hunters Way, Hout Bay, Cape Town



Uranio Paes is an internationally recognized Enneagram teacher and organizational consultant, having worked with thousands of people in organizations and groups particularly in Latin America. He is a Senior Member of the Enneagram in Business Network (EIBN) and teaches the Palmer/Daniels EPTP certification Program in Brazil, Spain and Portugal. Uranio was also the International Enneagram Association (IEA) President in 2008 and 2009 and guest speaker for many international conferences. He was a guest speaker at the SA Conference 31st October – 2 November 2014 and the end-note speaker at the International Conference (IEA) in July 2015, in San Francisco, USA.

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ENERGY WORK WITH THE ENNEAGRAM - DIVING DEEP into the arrows, wings and Gurdjieff’s Laws - with Uranio Paes

Workshop date: 28 - 29 January 2017
Venue: Phakalane, 12 Hunters Way, Hout Bay, Cape Town


Uranio Paes is an internationally recognized Enneagram teacher and organizational consultant, having worked with thousands of people in organizations and groups particularly in Latin America. He is a Senior Member of the Enneagram in Business Network (EIBN) and teaches the Palmer/Daniels EPTP certification Program in Brazil, Spain and Portugal. Uranio was also the International Enneagram Association (IEA) President in 2008 and 2009 and guest speaker for many international conferences. He was a guest speaker at the SA Conference 31st October – 2 November 2014 and the end-note speaker at the International Conference (IEA) in July 2015, in San Francisco, USA.
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Cape Town OD Corner 19th of January. Contact info@saodn.net for bookings.

Coaching and Change

When have you seen or created a powerful synergy between coaching and change, and where has it failed? What is your experience of what makes the difference?
Research indicates that most organisational change efforts are unsuccessful. Change efforts don't always lead to the outcomes desired.
John Paisley will share some of his experiences in undertaking small and large scale coaching interventions in organisations. Some of these have powerfully supported change, and others have had little impact. What makes the difference?
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