Organizational Development

Organization development (OD) is a deliberately planned, organization-wide effort to increase an organization's effectiveness and/or efficiency and/or to enable the organization to achieve its strategic goals. OD theorists and practitioners define it in various ways. Its multiplicity of definition reflects the complexity of the discipline and is responsible for its lack of understanding.
Posts about Organizational Development
    • HR and social media: 7 Ways HR needs to act like marketing

      By Mark Schaefer I wrote awhile back that digital transformation would not necessarily be led by marketers. Success may not come through a brilliant strategy or new technology. It’s going to require a culture change, and that might have to be led by and HR team. On the flip side of things, maybe success in HR will be led by marketing, or at least HR professionals who think like marketers.

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  • Success may mean staying true to what you know is true

    … have a master’s degree in organizational development, something I don’t talk a lot about, but an experience level that has helped me a tremendous amount as an enterprise-level consultant. And then the wheels came off In our first meeting, I said that we needed to accomplish five things to make this very entrepreneurial opportunity work in a very…

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  • The reality of online influence and the only thing that matters

    … with Mark Schaefer called How to Identify, Understand and Grow Your Ideal Content Audience. Check it out, as well as their new free audience Discovery tool. Affinio is an advanced marketing intelligence platform that leverages the interest graph to understand today’s consumers. Affinio believes that if we can understand individuals at a deeper and richer…

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  • Why marketing today takes courage

    … I recently spent a few days with the CMO of a well-known company in Denmark. I filled his head with a vision of what was both necessary and possible in this new world of digital marketing and he turned to me with a serious look on his face. “This is going to be difficult, isn’t it?” he said. “What do you mean?” I asked. “To take advantage…

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  • The Internet of Things will be ruled by kids

    … as seemingly harmless as a Barbie doll can be hacked to spy on kids, are you ready to bet your company on this technology? Serious issues such as data privacy, risk of breaches and lawsuits, purposeful or accidental deletion, and loss of reputation all become amplified in this environment. Organizational readiness. When sensors can control your house, your…

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  • Marketing and the new Digital Mindset

    … What does it mean to be “digital?” Is your business digital? How do you know it is? Is it enough? Research shows only 18 percent of all businesses are really optimizing digital in a way that creates competitive advantage and those that do leave their competitors far behind. Which side do you fall on? In this new episode of The Marketing…

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  • 5 Reasons companies are bringing their marketing in house

    … Here’s a significant trend described in a very fine digital marketing research report from SoDA — in the past year there has been a dramatic spike in the number of companies who no longer work with outside marketing agencies — 27 percent, up from 13 percent in the previous year. This shift to marketing in house is even more remarkable…

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  • CEOs are finally embracing social. What does it mean to you?

    … There was a great Harvard Business Review article recently on CEOs and social media. There has been a dramatic change in just a few years and it’s worth sharing a few of the survey results and thoughts on what this means to you. An analysis found that 80 percent of the CEOs of the world’s largest 50 companies are engaged online and on social…

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  • Lions and Tigers and Buyer Personas … Oh My

    … On The Marketing Companion podcast, Tom Webster and I continue to plow new ground. For example, in this latest episode, we become the first on-demand radio show to mention The Kardashians and B2B buyer personas in the same sentence. We discuss why Zappos employees are fleeing the holocracy, and explain how this concept began with Star Trek. Sort…

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  • The key to social media success rests with HR?

    … competencies rooted in statistical analysis and data science. Initiatives and compensation based on long-term customer development instead of quarterly sales goals. Organizational design. Recruiting. Training. Compensation. Change management. All of the success factors in this list are HR functions, not typical marketing responsibilities … but without…

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  • The 5 hottest marketing jobs in a digital age

    … How can we expect marketing jobs to be impacted by technology over the next few years? Here is a forecast of the hottest marketing jobs culled from studies and conversations with dozens of marketing clients and executives in my classes: 1. Get ready for the data Marketing is more and more about math and if you don’t have some background…

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  • Social selling, social business, social employees and other hype

    … the right thing. 3. Social selling I was recently brought in to help support a “social selling” strategy for a Fortune 100 brand. They had already spent thousands of dollars of social selling training but saw no results and little adoption over a year. In fact, their sales were declining. I dug into the data and conducted employee interviews…

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  • 7 Ways social media has changed leadership

    …. Which one do you choose? The sad and strange truth is that these numbers matter and actually create an image of leadership from nothing. In my book Return On Influence, I tell the story about a former social media leader who admitted to me that he had manufactured his entire social media presence. He bought Twitter followers and Facebook Likes…

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  • Your social media strategy plan: Where do you START?

    When I work with businesses, there is often an enthusiastic attitude about moving on to the social web but confusion about how to actually get started. Today’s post provides a step-by-step overview on how to move ahead. Headline links at the beginning of each section will take you to more detailed posts if you want to learn more about each specific step! And by the way, your ...

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  • Social media marketing is not a “project”

    … I was thumbing through a recent Seth Godin post on the importance of projects and his advice on tackling them and it served as a good prompt to remind you that not everything is a project. In fact, there are very good reasons to RESIST the idea of identifying something as a “project.” “Projects” are fine when you are identifiying a finite team…

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  • The seven traits of an effective digital enterprise

    … in with your own observations in the comment section. 1. Be unreasonably aspirational Leadership teams must be prepared to think quite differently about how a digital business operates. Digital leaders set aspirations that, on the surface, seem unreasonable. Being “unreasonable” is a way to jar an organization into seeing digital as a business…

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