I, like most professionals attempting to keep skills relevant, can be daunting. When I researched an organization development certification path, I was not aware of the Institute of Organization Development. After reading the material on the website I felt that it would be a good organization to achieve relevant competencies to meet demands of a constantly changing workforce and organizational environments. The IOD courses are taught by experienced professionals who share vast knowledge of organizational methods, discuss resources such as texts, articles, authors, and organizational models of OD.
The best experience I have had in attending the IOD courses is how personable the facilitators are, how knowledgeable they are, and how they summon the knowledge and experiences of all learners to share with the group. As a previous college Dean, I quickly realized that these courses were a perfect match of academic research and practical application for a private or public sector environment. I have met learners who reside in other countries who share their organizational development and HR Business Partner experiences from a global perspective. I would have never known that these similarities existed if I had not taken IOD courses. You gain the connections and tools necessary to start, improve, or expand your HR/OD consulting expertise from an internal and external perspective of the organization.
I highly recommend IOD for any professional who wants to have an in-depth experience into organization development and how to apply new strategies and methods to expand your impact in every organization you come in contact with. The value proposition of the IOD courses are a wise investment into a prosperous future.
Bill Thompson, MSHRM, MALS, SHRM-SCP
Organizational Development & Training Analyst
Human Resources Department
City of Fort Myers, Florida
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value” – Albert Einstein
The HRBP helped me to apply learnings in my current role by being proactive versus reactive and providing solutions to the teams I worked with has been increased. I am viewed as a trusted advisor and a leader on my teams. This program provided specifics as to what an HRBP is outside of the definition. Great examples and shared learnings from a group perspective. Many skills were learned and I think a very important skill of the HRBP role is relationship building. My facilitator, Toni Ford shared her experiences which brought the concepts to life. –Would recommend it highly.
This course provided me with a holistic overview on different HR methodologies and practices that I was able to apply in my current role as an Organizational development manager( Partnering with all business stakeholders 7 understanding the business). I am new in this role and having new tools to support my COO has allowed me to show her what an HRBP can do as a partner. One of the skills that has resonated with me was learning to be a Partner not a point of transaction.
I was able to demonstrate HR/OD processes such as Learn the Business – understanding the Culture, identified the HR Vision, Mission, Values, Goals, which go in line with the organization wide strategy. I was able to capture the areas that need support, advise and support senior leaders on HR Initiatives, Support the implementation, and Learn how to develop partnerships and influencing skills to build relationships.
I was recently promoted to a HRBP role so the information I received throughout the training was invaluable. Each week’s lesson seemed to fit exactly with what was going on in our organization at that time and I was able to apply each lesson immediately. It was as if the course was designed specifically for me and our organization.
I learned the importance having a good understanding of the business and to utilize change management models. Business acumen plays an important role as I worked with leaders to support their strategic imperatives and develop their employees for the future. Our company just rolled out an initiative which we branded “#FutureReady”. We are preparing our people for the future and I will use the skills learned in these training sessions to assist me.
I am new in my role as a HRBP and this class has provided a good foundation of knowledge and tools that I look forward to utilizing as I develop in my role.
This program has helped me in so many ways. One major takeaway was that I was able to appropriate with my client in a way that has made significant changes in how I am able to partner with teams. I feel that my knowledge base is much more well rounded and I am more of an asset to my organization.
This program supported my career growth by being able to partner with my client in a whole new way. I was able to help my client base successfully navigate through a massive change and ensure the work was being done in a way that was best for the business while still being a champion for the employee.