A 2-day (or 4 half days) introductory programme for HR and L&D practitioners wishing to broaden their practice to include organisational development, enabling them to have a broader, more influential role increasing their impact and influence. The course has 2 taught days followed by an assignment that has to be completed.


By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand what OD is and how to apply the principles which will broaden their practice
  • Understand how to apply tools and techniques to assess organisational effectiveness.
  • Understand and be able to apply models that assess the main components of effective organisational culture in their own context.
  • Understand how to develop communication and behaviour change strategies.
  • Develop an action plan for their own CPD and priorities for implementation in their own organisation.

Course Content

  • Organisational Development and the role of the HR/L&D practitioner.
  • Managing the OD process
  • Understanding what makes a good and bad organisational strategy
  • The VRIN framework and its application
  • Theories and models of organisational change
  • Strategies for implementing change
  • The role of the OD practitioner in developing leaders and building effective teams
  • Understanding and assessing culture change
  • Applying a model of behaviour change


ILM Recognised – this requires completion of a written assignment after the sessions. You would agree to a deadline with the Tutor and on successful completion of the assignment receive the ILM Recognised Organisational Development for HR and L&D Practitioners. This is a recognition/Certification and not a qualification.

If you would like to discuss these options please email info@britishschoolofcoaching.com to arrange a call.

About the Tutor

Shelagh O’Leary

Shelagh has over 25 years’ experience as a human resource development professional having worked in local government, the criminal justice sector and more recently the National Health Service. She has been instrumental in the development of HR strategy, organisational development, leadership development, talent management and the delivery of training and education, nationally and internationally.
She is an executive coach and has specialised as a career coach with a wide range of clients in the public and private sector. Shelagh has operated at board level having been a member of Skills for Justice, and is a member of the CIPD membership and CPD committee. She is also a member of the Career Development Institute, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the Institute of Directors.