Organizational Development

We have demonstrated work experience at designing, implementing and evaluating strategic leadership and governance. Our director and principal consultant is a facilitator with the Leadership Development Program at Volunteer Vancouver. Angela also served a 3-year term with the board of directors of MOSAIC.

Our OD practice focuses on cultural and gender sensitivity, leadership development, and strategic planning. We are practitioners of Appreciative Inquiry.

A Holistic Approach

The nature and forms of organizations are changing dramatically. Today’s environment is different from what it used to be during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and even the 1990s. So too the field of organizational development (OD) has changed to accommodate the evolution of organizations.

The traditional approach to OD relied on organization being the sum of its parts where OD practitioners diagnosed a problem and prescribed an intervention to fix it. The “fix-it” approach is not necessarily a sustainable solution because soon another organization problem will emerge.

Verapax holistic approach to OD

"Organization Development is a body of knowledge and practice that enhances organizational performance and individual development, viewing the organization as a complex system of systems that exist within a larger system, each of which has its own attributes and degrees of alignment. OD interventions in these systems are inclusive methodologies and approaches to strategic planning, organization design, leadership development, change management, performance management, coaching, diversity, and work/life balance." – Matt Minahan, MM & Associates, Silver Spring, Maryland

Verapax focuses as much on the processes between the parts of an organization as on the parts themselves. We look for patterns in organizations rather than events. We work with your organization at developing a plan and strategies for proactively responding to internal and external challenges and opportunities for change. We know that change takes time and that change can also be a source of anxiety. We recognize that leaders, team members and everybody working within an organizations – whether for profit or non-profit – are faced with many anxieties while facing constant change. Our holistic approach to OD focuses of identifying and developing avenues for the people within your organization to get ongoing support to deal with these anxieties.

Some of the OD services Verapax has offered to its clients include:

Contact us for a free consultation on these or other services you or your organization may need from Verapax.