I work in OD at the University of St Andrews and I’ve been part of the ODinHE group for two years. I value the group’s collective expertise and knowledge hugely, and at each meeting I take support from the commonality of issues we all face, as well as question and challenge about ways to work differently.
Taking time out to spend amongst other OD practitioners helps to lift my gaze from the pressure of daily operational issues to longer-term strategy. From the October meeting I reflected on the need to set personal CPD objectives and the fact that it’s up to every member to extract value from the group by investing effort to make connections, ask for ideas and share stories.
For me, the value of the meeting can be demonstrated in the number and range of action points I’ve taken. Amongst my dozen actions are:
- To investigate if there’s a correlation between our staff survey results and NSS scores
- Explore if do.com may be a useful app to help me manage my team’s workload
- Share resources about my University’s mentoring schemes with others
- Talk to my manager about how we encourage digital literacy in our staff
- Investigate the ‘academic review meetings’ held at Leeds University
- Think about ‘aggregate marginal gains’ and how that can influence my OD approach
- Share with colleagues information about Cranfield’s income generation development programme
- Conduct a project mapping exercise with my own team to ensure inter-connectedness and alignment with University strategic.
Some of these actions will definitely happen, whilst others will likely remain ideas or good intentions when operational work pressure resumes. None, however, would have been generated without me taking time out of my daily role to hook into 30, sparky, OD brains. For which, I am grateful.