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Meet Terry Smith - Organizational Development Consultant
You have an Organizational Development background, tell us about the importance of that in an organization.

OD has to do with being intentional about the organization’s evolution.  As a culture, we are very enamored with fast growth.  It excites us when ideas take off and become sensational, like the iPhone and its’ imitators.  Too often, that kind of growth becomes obsessive and addictive. 
OD isn’t about slowing growth, but it is about being responsible addicts. OD is about understanding the talent you have, and about building ways to ensure that talent stays and grows with you, and doesn’t get burnt out and discarded.  OD is about the organization seeing its’ internal SWOT clearly, and about ensuring that clarity translates to effective strategic capability.  
"As a culture, we are very enamored with fast growth.  It excites us when ideas take off and become sensational..."
What are the signs that my organization could use AJC’s Organizational Development Consulting?

As a leader, here are some key questions to ask yourself:
  • Do you want to be sure that your vision now and for the future is clear for your staff and your customers?
  • Do you need to ensure that your leadership team is aligned and accountable?
  • Are you looking to develop a plan that unites your organization toward common goals?
  • Are you intending to transform your organization?
If you answer “yes” to one, some, or all of these, then it’s a great indication that you could use AJC’s Organizational Development consulting services. 
"...we’ve been forcibly taught that things like training, succession planning, knowledge transfer, and documentation can no longer be ignored or under resourced."
Has Organizational Development changed in the current COVID-19 climate?

For the first time within collective memory, an external, unrelenting, and completely incorruptible force has wounded the worldwide business machine.  The impacts will be with us for longer than most would like to believe. 
In that context, we’ve been forcibly taught that things like training, succession planning, knowledge transfer, and documentation can no longer be ignored or under resourced.  The world of work was already evolving before COVID, and that evolution has become nearly a revolution in a matter of weeks.  We now are compelled to make decisions and choices that we have held off for a long time.  The strategic focus of OD has taken on a new and urgent perspective.
What’s your favorite movie?

I don’t have a single favorite, but I do have a “Desert Island” list of top ten.
 

Would you rather go 30 days without your phone or your entire life without dessert?

I went off the grid for a month in 2014. It was incredibly refreshing and liberating. I could do that again.

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