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"The world is not what I think, but what I live through" (Merleau Ponty)

Writing & Research

Action research is the basis of our work. We use it to learn about ourselves and to inform our practice as consultants. We sometimes also conduct research with our clients as part of our consulting. And we use it to reach into the wider world and test out what we think through writing and speaking at conferences.

How To Use Polarities

In line with FGC's practice of combining good thinking with practical approaches, we are delighted to announce that FGC's Bridget Farrands is the 2015 winner of the Coaching At Work award for 'Best Practical Article' for her article 'HOW TO... use polarities'.

Read and download Bridget’s article, published in the September/October 2014 edition of Coaching At Work, on how to deal with intractable business issues through understanding and working with polarities.

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See the new Coaching at Work article describing the awards and all the winners from this year's anniversary awards. Out this month the article describes why they won and what the judges had to say. To read the article click here

What does it take to win?

We are over the moon to announce that FGC’s director, Rob Farrands, has been awarded the prize for his work as a thought leader and practitioner. Rob’s prize is for the category which pushes the boundaries of OD: At the Edge of the Field. It was given by the OD Network Europe, at a recent awards ceremony at Roffey Park Institute.

The award recognises Rob’s work in challenging current theories and operating models of organisation development. He does this through his own work as a consultant and by publishing his ideas and concepts in journals and magazines.

Receiving the award from Michael Jenkins of Roffey Park Institute and Kate Cowie of ODN Europe

Receiving the award from Michael Jenkins of Roffey Park Institute and Kate Cowie of ODN Europe

ODN Europe had this to say about the award:

Dr Farrands' contribution has been to conduct a long-term inquiry into OD as a professional practice. His work reveals and offers insights into the central dilemma we all face when we practice OD in large systems: how do we use our experience to bring coherence to complexity, without over imposing ourselves onto the system, so it becomes simply a manifestation of our theory or model?

Distinguishing quality - Dr Farrands' disciplined approach to his work provides us with a model of the Reflective Practitioner. In the pursuit of his method, he enables the real client to emerge: the organisation.

ODN Europe Conference 2014

'Seeing things with Donald Schön'

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Strategic Teams and Gestalt

Our latest published writing has appeared in the October 2012 edition of the OD Practitioner Journal. Written by Bridget Farrands, it's an account of an assignment to develop a leadership team and the work it took to bring about the changes they wanted.

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Hospitals: Human Bodies

The latest publication from Rob Farrands appears in the RSA Journal Summer 2013 edition. It takes a fresh look at how medical institutions must not let the drive for greater operational efficiency undermine the essential qualities necessary for organising care.

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