Global OD, Leadership and Governance Education: The COLD-OLDN Approach

Author: Justine Chinoperekweyi, Ph.D.

The need to build individual and organization capability in all economies cannot be overemphasized. Organizations that can easily adapt to the current volatile and uncertain environment consider talent and talent development as the edge. In view of the highly competitive talent landscape, the same applies to individuals. Talent is the leading indicator of business and economys’ performance. OD, Leadership and Governance education is essential in leading sustainable strategic change; as such, unique learning models are paramount.
The Centre for Organization Leadership and Development (COLD) has designed a unique model for globally advancing Organization Development (OD), Leadership and Governance. The model includes three signature programs, Organization Leadership and Development Network (OLDN) membership scheme and conversations, and ten (10) workshops entitled Accelerated OD Workshops (AODW). The model is established based on the understanding of fundamental roles of OD, Leadership and Governance in leading sustainable strategic change. The current article focuses at explaining the unique features of the COLD model and curriculum and how the model is connected to other global OD organizations. The COLD and OLDN personal and professional development programs are designed to facilitate effective Use of Self, lead change, facilitate continuous improvement, and foster improvement of the human condition. The programs are designed to challenge participants to synthesize theory and practice, and ensure the application of concepts to real life examples based on the four levels of leadership: Self, Family/Friends, Organization, and Societal levels.
The Facilitators endeavor to ensure participants lead change, positively impact and influence others, critically examine various OD, Leadership and Governance models; and apply the best practices and ideas in their fields of practice. The deliberations (workshops, webinars, and formal classes) are premised on the foundations of the OD field, its many manifestations and blossoms, and the future of the field or the OD profession.
Using a conversational approach, all programs encourage impact-influence reflections and 360° feedback. All participants are interviewed on OLDN TV and are required to interview globally-recognized OD scholar-practitioners, leaders and governance professionals. The feedback and impact-influence reflections are integrated in the final knowledge and skills assessment. All programs start with effective Use of Self discussion with self-assessment tools administered in order to ensure customized and relevant sessions. The program content varies to integrate the demands of learners in each cohort.
Some of the learning approaches that make the COLD and OLDN programs unique include scholar-practitioners teaching and developing other scholar-practitioners. Based on the strengths-based system, Facilitators recognize the capabilities of every participant and integrate that into the Action Learning and Social Learning Projects. Participants teach, coach and mentor others based on their areas of comfort or expertise. Furthermore, Facilitators ensure and nurture the capability of participants to model open dialogues and exchange in their areas of focus and in OD, Leadership and Governance. This approach facilitates the development of critical skills in problem solving, inquiry & engagement, critical analysis and so on. A peer-assessment model is adopted to ensure participants act as mentors and coaches on others’ Action Learning Projects. Participants are encouraged to enhance research skills through publishing scholar-practitioner articles in Organization Leadership and Development Quarterly (OLDQ), Organization Development Journal (ODJ), Organization Development Review (ODR), The WorkBooth Magazine and other related peer-reviewed publications.
We partner with top college/university faculty and industry experts. Our affiliation agreement with International Society for Organization Development & Change (ISODC) strengthens our commitment to quality, upholding fundamental values that guide the fields we represent and ensuring compliance with our certification scheme. We also hold individual membership with Organization Development Network (ODN). It is worth noting that the COLD programs were designed as Online programs in 2018 and as such are not off-shoots from the Covid-19 pandemic. The globally recognized Faculty, Industry experts and Guest Speakers are obliged to make use of creative and interactive means to spark out-of-the-box thinking. Based on inquiry-based and project-based learning methodologies, the programs challenge participants’ traditional learning ideas and provide serious OD, Leadership and Governance content.
As COLD is finalizing the Organization Development Blueprint, leveraging on industry experts and experience, Facilitators encourage hands-on application of OD tools and techniques which are blended in formal online sessions. OD, Leadership and Governance success stories are used to ensure holistic learning and synthesizing theory and practice. Special reference can be made to the 2020 OLDN Global OD, Leadership & Governance Masterclass entitled Lessons from Global OD!
The Accelerated OD Workshops (AODW) reserves one week for customized conversations or coaching sessions between participants and the Faculty members or any approved Guest Assessors. This provides in-depth assessment and coaching to participants on lessons learnt and the application of taught concepts. A variety of assessment tools are used to ensure in-depth learning.
Since the start of the program in 2018, two batches have completed the main signature program; that is, Certified Organization Leadership and Development Consultant (COLDC). Alumni and committed, practicing OLDN members will be actively used when teaching the program. We are also open to collaborate with organizations committed to the business application of OD, Leadership and Governance principles and practices. COLD signed affiliation agreements with other organizations involved in OD, and in deserving instances such organizations will be used as Case Studies for the application of fundamental OD concepts. Our programs involve the use of various learning approaches which help in developing flexible learning.
COLD programs are a milestone in the career development of professionals and participants. With the continuous support from ISODC, the programs will be robust, real, and relevant to building the capacity of individuals, families, teams, organizations, and societies. It is also worth noting the support from the esteemed Faculty Members led by Dr. Justine Chinoperekweyi (Zimbabwe). Key Faculty Members are Dr. Dotun Moses Jegede (Dee Bee Consulting – Nigeria), Dr. Cornel Malan (Independent Consultant-South Arica), and Dr. Preethi Keerthi Dsouza (Mangalore University-India), hence the programs are designed for transformation. We also pride in having a committed , diverse Board and International Directors who deliberate on issues pertinent to our strategic direction.
As the OLDN establishes its key seven segments, COLD will be strengthened by establishing purposeful and strategic collaborations. The seven strategic OLDN segments effective 2021 include:
• Banking, Accounting, Finance & Economy (OLDN-BAFE)
• Community and Organization Capacity Development (OLDN-COCD)
• Industry, Commerce & Entrepreneurship (OLDN-ICE)
• Education, Technology and Health (OLDN-ETH)
• Students Rethinking Education & Learning Forum (OLDN-SRELF)
• HR, Law & Security (OLDN-HLS)
• Executive Coaching & Consulting (OLDN-ECC
The above seven OLDN segments were designed based on the Membership Database as at 30 September 2020. The training programs and participants will be obliged to participate in the drafting of the OLDN Annual Global Reports for each segment.
COLD Generic Key Differentiators
There are five key differentiators of all our endeavors. The first is the depth of customization to each individual, work group, or organization. We achieve this customization through open-ended dialogic inquiry to elicit responses specific to each individual, work group or organization, particularly with respect to strengths and areas for improvement. Second, we embed the responses in the program structure and feedback. Third, we strive to build rapport and trust in order to create an environment conducive for learning. Fourth, all our actions are informed by organization development theory and practice. We continually advocate for the thinking and incorporation of OD theory, practice and interventions as strategic imperative for growth and development. Fifth, our customized method of delivery which include 360° assessment, along with other additional assessments that provide a comprehensive view of the individual, team, or organization. We deliver our multi-module programs to cohorts of 10.
Some Program Features
• Competency-based Curriculum
• 10 Independent modules
• Delivered to cohorts of 7-10
• Facilitator-led learning
• Online sessions
• Action Learning Projects
• Social Learning
• Interview with OD scholars-practitioners
• 24 CPD Standards
• 6 Learner Impact-Influence Reflections
As we endeavor to institute professional standards in OD, Leadership and Governance Education globally, we are open to ethical and professional scrutiny. We are open to constructive criticism and engage with those progressive in advancing our mission and the field of OD. We are defined by global intelligence, diversity and inclusion, collaboration, cooperation, and constellations of strengths. All our programs focus at Igniting Insightful Conversations.
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Dr. Justine Chinoperekweyi is the Director: Academics & Programs at the Centre for Organization Leadership and Development (COLD). He also serves as President of OLDN and Editor-in-Chief of the Organization Leadership and Development Quarterly (OLDQ). Dr. Justine also works as Academic Director in UAE. He holds numerous other international positions aligned to OD, Leadership and Governance. Visit

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