Organizational Development, or OD, has been defined as “a dynamic values-based approach to systems change in organizations and communities; it strives to build the capacity to achieve and sustain a new desired state that benefits the organization or community and the world around them.”

If you are in an organization, whether in private industry or in the non-profit sector, and if you want to facilitate organizational change, then these OD Pathways, written primarily by LifeTrek coach Christina Lombardo, will assist you to make the right moves. They focus on the core issues of climate, culture, communication, and conduct in the workplace. Learn more about our OD Coaching Programs and arrange for a complimentary coaching session with using our Contact Form.

OD Pathway #101: Wear Your Listening Ears

A few days ago, a friend of mine asked me the exact same simple question three times within one ten-minute conversation. The third time she asked me the question, she also said, “I know I’ve asked you this question already several times, but I have so much going on inside my head that I can’t […]

OD Pathway #102: Listen To The Crickets

Each summer night, the crickets sing their song. However, many of the crickets’ songs go unnoticed, even unheard on many occasions. What else is out there in the world for us to hear on a regular basis? What else possibly goes unheard as we’re listening to our team members, friends, parents, children…? “Listening to the […]

OD Pathway #103: Listen and Receive

Sometimes anxiety soars when we are in a place of answering questions. Questions can come to us like darts at full speed. Questions from colleagues in meetings, questions from audience members during presentations, and even questions from other team members and associates about sensitive topics can bring us up short.A process for answering questions effectively […]

OD Pathway #104: Bracket Your Interference

To build strong relationships and effective teams, an important listening tool is called Bracketing. Bracketing is when you put some form of mental brackets, like parenthesis, around anything that might get in the way of you listening fully and completely. In previous weeks we’ve defined listening fully and completely as being able to listening to […]

OD Pathway #105: Listen From Within

To develop relationships and high performing teams, it’s important to listen not only with our ears, but also with our eyes, bodies, intuition, and especially our emotions. The key is to pay attention to the other “ears” of our body. As we listen, we feel and experience emotions throughout our bodies. This experience is unique […]

OD Pathway #106: Check Perceptions

Checking Perceptions is the art of naming an emotion you perceive from someone who is talking to you, then checking it out. It is not a common practice used by our society. When someone speaks to us with love, fear, anger, or sadness in their voice, we often take this in as part of the […]

OD Pathway #107: Power to the People

Empowerment is about giving power to others. Employees express empowerment through energy, action, and interaction. According to Watkins and Marsick, authors of Sculpting the Learning Organization, empowerment is having a sense of control over your personality, cognition, and motivation. Employees express empowerment through a sense of self-worth and wanting to make a difference in the world.You […]