By Clare Huffington
A realistic consultant to the necessities of organisational switch with no fending off the tough factor of guiding humans throughout the means of transition.
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N o n e t h e l e s s , it i s w o r t h n o t i n g that O D i s n o t a technology for f a c i l i t a t i n g the i m p o s i t i o n of s p e c i f i c o r g a n i z a t i o n a l c h a n g e s p e r s e , b u t r a t h e r a c h a n g e p r o c e s s for h e l p i n g to e s t a b l i s h t h e ORGANIZATION 21 DEVELOPMENT particular culture, behaviours, a n d relationships needed in a given set of circumstances. C l e a r l y there are some assumptions, both explicit a n d implicit, that are i n h e r e n t i n O D .
T h e y e x p e c t the c o n s u l t a n t to p i n p o i n t the c a u s e of a n y p r o b l e m s a n d p r e s c r i b e r e m e d i e s . I t i s m o s t s u c c e s s f u l if: • the c l i e n t h a s c o r r e c t l y i n t e r p r e t e d the "symptoms" • the c o n s u l t a n t c o r r e c t l y d i a g n o s e s the p r o b l e m a n d pre scribes appropriate solutions • t h e c l i e n t a c c e p t s the p r e s c r i p t i o n a n d w i l l d o w h a t consultant the recommends.
T h e management of these complex demands is a major part of the organization's activities. 18 M A N U A L OF O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L DEVELOPMENT • THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION If the characteristics of organizational health are c o n s i d e r e d w o r t h attaining, then h o w c a n organizations go about b e c o m i n g h e a l t h y a n d effective? A n o b v i o u s w a y i s v i a a c y c l e of l e a r n i n g s u c h a s that o f K o l b ( K o l b , R u b i n , & M a c l n t y r e , 1984): A l t h o u g h t h i s c y c l e a p p e a r s m o r e i m m e d i a t e l y r e l e v a n t to i n d i v i d u a l s t h a n to o r g a n i z a t i o n s , it i s n o n e t h e l e s s j u s t a s a p p l i c a b l e .
A Manual of Organizational Development: Psychology of Change by Clare Huffington