Who Owns the OD Effort?
AT A RECENT “Consultation Skills” seminar, the following question was posed to the forty conferee-consultants at the opening meeting: “What are your personal objectives for this seminar?” The group was divided into ten subgroups of four each to discuss the question and then post their lists of objectives. On six of the ten lists, concern was expressed in one way or another about “getting the client to own OD,” “transferring OD ownership,” “passing the baton to the client,” or related statements. The large number of groups concerned about the “ownership issue” indicates that it is a real issue and a very serious one and warrants a considerable amount of attention by consultants.
Realistically, the ...