Considering that my “Dying of the OD Practitioner” write-up was printed about a month in the past, I have been requested irrespective of whether Organizational Effectiveness (OE) consultants will experience the very same fate. My solution is “no.” Of program, that assumes that OE consultants do not stick to the very same destructive route that Organization Improvement (OD) practitioners chose.
OD practitioners built the oversight of not partnering with their consumers to make business results. OD practitioners seemed at business executives (their consumers) with disdain. They observed business guys and females as bourgeois income-grabbers who didn’t treatment about their staff. Their anti-business, anti-capitalism, anti-management rhetoric has led to their personal demise. (You can not seem down your nose at your business consumer and count on to continue to be in business oneself.)
OE consultants, who share a distinct way of thinking, will share a distinct fate. OE consultants regard their consumers and provide as business partners. Enable me make the following predictions about the long run of OE consulting:
one. OE consultants who provide as strategic business partners will increase in position and recognition in their companies. Salaries will increase also as the price of their skills will become extra extensively identified. (A price-included strategy will be significant to fulfilling this prediction.)
2. The title of Main Learning Officer (CLO) or Director of Organizational Effectiveness will become commonplace at primary companies. These positions will be responsible for all organizational finding out and change efforts.
three. The role of OD practitioners will continue on to decrease in significance for two good reasons: (a) OD practitioners have not adopted a strategic business companion strategy, and (b) numerous OD methods have previously been adopted by mainstream American firms.
four. OE consultants will become extra responsive to the requirements of senior management. OE consultants will become a beneficial in-home (or impartial) resource of advice on tough management problems such as succession planning, the generation and transfer of tacit understanding, and the advancement of organizational expertise.
5. OE consultants will build larger degrees of consulting abilities to increase their price to their consumers.
If you are an OE advisor, there are several matters you should retain in mind:
Bob Pike has said, “Supply what is essential, not just what is requested.”
David Ulrich predicts, “Business companies in the long run will compete aggressively for the very best expertise.”
I have predicted, “In the a long time in advance, senior executives will be wanting for high-amount tacit understanding and experience that will insert to their organizations’ main competencies and aggressive advantage. These main competencies, in the kind of extremely created human funds, will become the organization’s most important kind of sustainable aggressive advantage.” How are you going to insert price to your organization’s (or your clients’) main competencies and aggressive advantage? You can not stand still in a quick-shifting planet!