Organisation Development for HR Leaders

Short Course
Duration: 2 days   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

Discover tools, techniques and tips for adapting and responding to the changing world of work, current working practices and emerging expectations of the workforce.

This course also forms part of the L7 Advanced Award in Organisation Design and Development.



Dates and Availability

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11 May 2020
Duration: 2 days
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17 September 2020
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09 December 2020
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There’s an increasing need for organisations to respond and adapt to globalisation; as well as technology, virtual working and competition, with an emphasis on more flexible working practices, partnerships and networks. The Organisation Development for HR Leaders course gives you an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to use OD interventions to diagnose, plan, change and develop your organisation for sustainable performance.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the relationship between strategic HR, HR business partners and OD practitioners, and the value each contributes to your organisation. The interactive group discussions and exercises will help you to assess your own organisation’s implementation of strategic HR and OD. You’ll also recognise, and influence, underlying dynamics and strategic decisions and activities, and respond to chaotic and complex situations.


Course Tutors

Ms Sylvia Baumgartner

Sylvia combines extensive commercial, management, OD and HR experience with outstanding credentials as a developer. Her commercial experience draws on 25 years’ international work in the retail, manufacturing, financial services, education, pharmaceutical, legal, charity, energy, health and engineering industries and across both private and public sector organisations. She has owned and successfully managed her own retail business and currently her organisational development (OD) consultancy. Sylvia spends her time between developing OD and HR practitioners (development interventions, shadow consulting and coaching), conducting OD and Organisation Design projects (enabling organisations and individuals to fulfill on their objectives and increase their performance), as well as undertaking leadership development and coaching. Sylvia has worked in most industries and types of organisations ranging from a retailer with over 485K employees to a specialist consultancy with only 22 people.
Who is it for

Organisation Development for HR Leaders is a practical and interactive course designed for HR leaders, or OD practitioners, looking to understand the dynamic relationship between HR and OD and how it can improve organisational and employee effectiveness.


By the end of the course you’ll be able to:

  • understand the relationship, similarities and differences between HR Strategy, HR Business Partners and OD Practitioners, as well as the value each contributes to the organisation
  • demonstrate an understanding of the field and nature of OD
  • assess your own organisation’s interpretation and implementation of HR Strategy, OD and HR Business Partners using diagnostic organisational models
  • obtain data to decide how to initiate and manage organisational change by evaluating the links between the various elements and the underlying dynamics
  • recognise and influence the strategic decisions and activities using The Consequence Leadership Model™
  • gain an understanding of various OD intervention tools and techniques and their appropriate application
  • be more choice-full in response to underlying dynamics or chaotic and complex situations
  • develop confidence as an OD Practitioner
  • practice applying a variety of alternative approaches to exploring and understanding OD in the context of an organisation.
  • HR strategy, HR business partner and OD
  • Organisational models as a roadmap to diagnosis and interventions
  • Exploring the systemic balancing of the various organisational
  • Working to ensure interventions impact the root causes
  • The Consequence Model ™, Interventions ‘toolkit’
  • Building your capacity – becoming a compelling leader and practitioner
  • Application - simulating the world of work.

Run this programme in-house

Organisation Development for HR Leaders can also be provided in house. You choose where and when you want our trainers to deliver. We can also tailor the programme to suit your precise organisation needs. To speak to our customer services team about your particular requirements, call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Got a question?

Speak to one of our highly knowledgeable course advisers on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.



People who have been on this course say

Trainer was excellent - great understanding of theory and practice and shaped relevance into all elements. Catriona
I learnt so much in such a short space of time. It's the only course I've been on where I didn't look at my watch at any point on one of the days! Judith