An OD process generally starts when a member of an organization or unit contacts an OD practitioner about potential help in addressing an organizational issue. The activities involved in entering an OD relationship include clarifying the organizational issue, determining the relevant client, and selecting the appropriate OD practitioner.
Clarify the issue? As one experienced OD consultant put it, “The problem is never the problem. The problem is with the problem.” That is, the presenting problem is very often a symptom and the OD practitioner’s job is to determine what the “real” problem is.
- What is an OD practitioner? Identify a problem that an OD consultant may deal with and what steps they take to identify it.
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