Hi, I'm very aware the 3rd block of the 2016 Foundation is about to start tomorrow Wednesday 7th. Over the last 6 months I've been mostly preoccupied with all the complex stages and processes of moving from London to Oxford which I moved to on the 21st October; all a new experience and I'm still learning and also settling in.
OD activity wise. I've been part of an intermittent and continuing series of discussions on OD with a few managers and also the deputy CEO of the Company - a Housing Charity that provides housing and staff to support people in that housing. I have also in meantime kept my colleague Nicola informed of all my discussions. Nicola and I both work in entirely different sectors of the company, so we've not been able to find the circumstances and opportunity to have arranged or otherwise be involved in an OD team and network meeting with a client and their supporters as practised in the previous two OD blocks.
Aside from that I've also been trying more consciously to adapt my approach to OD principles. More open listening; rather then listening with a mind partially distracted with formulating what I'm going to say. Engaging in such a transformation is still the continuing challenge for me. What has changed is that as more situations present both in work and in my life outside work I've increasingly started to think how I can apply and or model this approach.
I do feel an underlying pervading sense of guilt that I'm 'not doing, the doing of OD' in a PROPER WAY'; I'm saying this with a bit of smile as I realise with the OD approach is it not always to be seen in that way and it an approach rather than a manualised 'by the book practice'.
Years of clinical practice with army nursing, general nursing and separately mental health nursing, then counselling (with its practice logs etc and finally on Institute of Psychiatry CBT for Psychosis Course has 'schooled' in me the sense of practice being undertaken in more rigid manualised structure.
I have to remind myself that I'm on the OD Foundation Course where the expectations at this level are more accepting of 'the chaos' factor (this maybe wishful thinking on my part) as I and perhaps others reach out to adapt ourselves to it's practical, attitudinal/philosophical approach.
Of course 'guilt' over my sense of not having being an active participant or 'frequent user' of this Forum has prompted me to log this entry. A sense of saying something is better than saying nothing at all in terms of the Forum.