Advancing your OD practice

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Date of event: 23 January 2018
Event ends: 24 January 2018
Start time: 09.30
End time: 17.00
Price: £850 + VAT if booked by 30.11.17, full price = £975 + VAT
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This two-day course at the Henley Business School is designed to help you to advance your Organisation Development (OD) practice.  Click here for full information.

"Excellent workshop - loved the hands on experience; learned loads!"

"Well balanced between theory, practice, personal reflection.  A safe space to learn and take risks."

Why attend?

Developing an OD mindset and skillset is fast becoming an essential capability for developing more dynamic and effective organisations. This experience will help people, whatever their current OD skill level, to open up their possibility space in order to advance their OD practice.

Who is it for?

Knowledge, learning and change professionals, especially leaders and managers. You don’t need to have an OD title, or to work in HR to benefit from this course. The mix of functions and industries represented will add richness to the learning experience.

What we’ll cover on the course

Over the two days, we will encourage and support participants to extend their OD range. We will build upon what you bring and advance your practice to help you deal with your most pressing organisational issues. We expect you to leave with new insights, skills and strategies that you can immediately apply to your workplace.

Day 1 Themes

Day 2 Themes

Organisational dynamics: understanding patterns within groups and systems

Working with clients: practicing diagnostic and dialogic OD

Extending your OD range: bringing new insights to your key strategic challenges and priorities

OD discovery session: discovering tasters and testers to extend your OD range

Being, knowing, doing: mapping the OD space and exploring your own  OD possibility space

Knowledgeable OD: redefining our field of practice

To register your interest, for a booking form or for more information, please contact Marina Hart by email at or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418 723.


Our tutors are both highly experienced OD practitioners, each with different styles and approaches. You can read their bios below.

Core tutor: Dr Sharon Varney, Henley Business School

Guest tutor: John Hovell, Head of Organisation Development, BAE Systems

  • Sharon Varney


    Henley Forum Director


    Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies


    Sharon is Director of the Henley Forum and a specialist in developing organisations and people. She works at a strategic level, helping to create more effective organisations, and engages at a very human level supporting people to manage personal change and transition.

  • John Hovell


    Head of Organisation Development


    BAE Systems plc


    John is a full time practitioner of OD and Knowledge Management bringing over 20 years of experience in the defence industry. John has won several awards, published several books and presented at numerous events and conferences.

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For more information please contact Marina Hart by email at or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418 723.

Getting There

Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus


Henley Business School, Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 3AU