Improving Your Organization
At Executive Leadership Skills International we view organization development as the process of improving organizations. Our process is carefully planned and implemented to benefit the organization, its members, and its shareholders. Our client organization may be an entire company, public agency, non-profit organization, volunteer group - or a smaller part of a larger organization.
Executive Leadership Skills International' change process supports improvement of the organization or group as a whole. The client and ELS consultant work together to gather data, define issues, and determine a suitable course of action. The organization is assessed to create an understanding of the current situation and to identify opportunities for change that will meet and support business objectives.
Organization development differs from traditional consulting because client involvement is encouraged throughout the entire process. The ways in which people communicate and work together are addressed concurrently with technical or procedural issues requiring resolution.
OD involves several steps. Although the process may vary, these are the typical procedures undergone in an OD intervention:
In the broadest sense, then, OD represents any attempt to improve an organization by identifying problems, planning a way to deal with these problems, implementing these plans, and evaluating what has happened. Given the trend toward "doing more with less," OD is a useful means of addressing shrinking resources, because OD emphasizes tough-minded, efficient management within a context of human concerns and values.
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