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Transforming the Organisation

Monday, 9 February 2015 - Tuesday, 10 February 2015

£399.00 – £699.00
Transforming the Organisation

Transforming the Organisation

9/10 February 2015 @ 9:30 am- 5:00 pm

119 Britannia Walk, London

Transforming the Organisation

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Delegates are welcome to attend either or both days of this seminar.

Day One


While many HR functions have recently improved the management and development of their talent, organisation design has often received less attention. Academics including Dave Ulrich and Ed Lawler have recently suggested that HR may be placing too much emphasis on talent management at the expense ensuring talent is working in an effective organisation.

Many organisations are now starting to realise that efforts to improve the capability and engagement of their talent will have limited impact unless the organisational context provides talent with the opportunity to contribute towards business objectives and to use their potential.

We will review techniques, tools and experiences for:

  • developing appropriate and effective organisation structures,
  • designing business processes,
  • managing culture change
  • and leveraging organisational knowledge…

… all in order to ensure that organisations give business leaders the best possible opportunity to implement their business strategies and also provide a conducive environment for employees and teams to maximise their contribution.

The workshop will also consider how each of the areas of organisation design are currently being influenced by changes in the business environment, workforce requirements and other factors and how these are likely to affect organisations in the future.

Day Two


Many organisations are struggling to deal with deep, systemic issues that stop people from working effectively – individually and together. Typical issues for many organisations include improving performance rather than just optimising their performance management process; increasing passion and pride rather than just superficial engagement and ensuring that teams are working together internally and collaborating effectively with other teams. All of these and other issues require sound organisation development approaches for them to be resolved.

We will review techniques, tools and experiences for:

  • developing appropriate and effective organisational environments,
  • creating dynamic teams
  • and enabling social networks as well as managing culture change…

… all in order to ensure that organisations give business leaders the best possible opportunity to implement their business strategies and also provide a conducive environment for employees and teams to maximise their contribution.

The workshop will also consider how each of the areas of organisation development are currently being influenced by changes in the business environment, workforce requirements and other factors and how these are likely to affect organisations in the future.

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The four principle lessons you will learn on this course:


By the end of the course you will:

  1. Understand that there are alternatives in all areas of organisation design
  2. Have reviewed recent changes in organisational forms
  3. Be able to ensure that structures, processes and organizational culture are aligned with business strategies
  4. Be able to apply organisation design tools to help your organisations prepare for the future rather than simply just meet business objectives today

Learn more about how you can transform your organisation, from course tutor Jon Ingham


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This course is for you, if you are a:


  • VP, director or manager of HR, learning or organisation development
  • HR business partner or HR team member, wanting to contribute more broadly to organisational effectiveness
  • Business leader with responsibility for the effectiveness of your own organisation

What other attendees like you have said about this event


Here is just some of the feedback left by previous attendees:

  • “Enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Informative and thought provoking – thank you. Encouraged participation. Really enjoyed it – food for thought.” – Head of Organisation Design, Heart of England
  • “Very well run. Very rare to find a training course solely focused on OD.” – Organisational Effectiveness Manger, Lloyds Banking Group
  • “Very useful and applicable to take back to work.” – Organisation Design Manager, Lloyds banking Group
  • “Extremely comprehensive. Very beneficial knowledge building for me. Thank you.” – Group Head of Learning & Development, Bidwells
  • “Good interaction, informed and engaging style. Useful discussing key ideas. Thank you – a good session.” – Co Founder, Brand Learning
  • “Very insightful – lots of room for discussion.” – Organisation Development Manager, UPS Ltd


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Programme – Day One

Programme – Day Two

9:30 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Welcome, Introductions and Objectives for the day

Fundamentals of Organisation Transformation

  • The role of organisation design and comparisons to organisation development – differences and commonalities
  • The importance of organisational capabilities
  • Developing clear organisational principles linked to business and people strategies
  • Developing a holistic view of an organisation
  • Structure, process and job design including new approaches eg job sculpting
  • The organisation design process

Fundamentals of Organisation Transformation

  • The history and future development of organisation development
  • The role of organisation development and comparisons to organisation design – the need for integration
  • The importance of organisational capabilities, particularly social capital
  • Dealing with deeper vs surface issues


11:30 Morning Coffee

Understanding Choice in Organisation Design

  • How business strategy needs to be cascaded through organisation design
  • The need to align around a clear purpose
  • The importance of signature processes
  • A review of what’s possible – learning from maverick organisations

Traditional Organisation Development Interventions

  • Enabling behavioural and attitudinal change
  • Key principles of organisational development
  • A review of potential tools and techniques plus styles of intervention
  • Practice in one or more organisation development approaches
12:45 Lunch and Discussion

Reviewing Organisational Forms

  • Different types of organisation with examples and case studies
  • New / innovative organizational forms
  • Integrating processes, structures and cultures to support organisational effectiveness
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each organisational form

Newer Organisation Development Interventions

  • New opportunities for developing effective organisations
  • Community management
  • Workplace design
  • Use of social technologies for collaboration and innovation
  • Social network analysis
14:30 Afternoon Tea

Organisation Design in Practice

  • Combining and tailoring organisation forms
  • Reviewing current case studies
  • Application to participants’ organisations
  • Dealing with challenges in organisational change

Creating Compelling Organisations

  • Making organisational values real for employees
  • Creating a new language in organisations
  • Developing the role of the organisational development / effectiveness practitioner
  • Developing OD skills across the organisation
  • Selecting and sequencing organisation development interventions
15:45 Conclusions and Action Planning


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Jon Ingham

HR Strategy Consultant

Jon is a leading specialist in strategic people management and organizational development issues. He regularly speaks and provides training in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia and has also lectured on strategic management, change management and human resources on executive MBA courses across Europe.

He is the author of Strategic HCM: Creating value through people (2006) and is currently completing a second book called Social advantage. He also posts regularly to blogs with these same titles and has recently been recognized as the top global online influencer in talent management.

Before working with Symposium, Jon served as Director of Human Capital Consulting, Europe for Buck Consultants / ACS, as Head of HR Consulting for Penna and as International HR Director for Ernst & Young after working as an IT and change management consultant for Andersen Consulting. Jon delivers a number of Symposium training workshops on HR issues such as business partnering, workforce planning, business and HR process design, organizational design and development and HR innovation.

Jon has a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Engineering and an MBA. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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    Training FAQ

    What food and refreshments are provided?

    Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

    Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

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    Can we run this event in-house?

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    There is some information on our in house option here and we suggest you contact us to discuss the options.


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    • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
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    • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
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    Monday, 9 February 2015
    Tuesday, 10 February 2015
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