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Handbook for Strategic HR by OD Network

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CHAPTER 72

Global Leadership

A Virgin Landscape for OD Practitioners in the Vanguard

Patricia Shafer

IT’S A RARE TREAT as an OD practitioner to have an opportunity to be in the vanguard, isn’t it? Often, practitioners find themselves asked to adapt to and adopt trends and tools fueled by media attention. Much of the language of OD has been absorbed into organizations—a good phenomenon but also one that makes some important and useful concepts seem “been there, done that” and trite. Bookshelves and file cabinets are brimming—some would say choking—with texts, popular books, and articles on leadership, change management and effective communications. Certain assessment tools, once viewed as cutting edge, can feel like standard fare and old news ...

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