England & Wales HR, workforce and communications, Personal and organisational development

Workshop: A New Type of Culture for a New Type of Authority: The role of Organisational Development


In discussions with many authorities the need to develop a fundamentally new culture aligned with the demands and challenges it faces is often to the fore. This goes to the heart of any major transformation programme.

Structural change is only effective if matched by cultural change. The financial imperative and the need for a more commercially aware and astute approach is often the driver of transformation but there are other factors such as new ways of agile working and embracing technology. Cultural change can be value driven but what does that mean in practice in terms of management style and individual behaviours. Is the organisation espousing the need for commercial thinking but at the same time putting barriers in the way?

This workshop is an interactive opportunity to develop your awareness and understanding of the organisational implications of change and the way in which Organisational Development can be used to challenge and shift culture to where it needs to be. It’s a chance to share experiences and opportunities and stimulate ideas and possibilities.

Key Outcomes

  • A clear understanding of what organisational culture is and why it is so important
  • A toolkit of Organisational Development interventions
  • A clarity about the type of culture needed for a transformed organisation.



09:30   Welcome and Introduction – Clarifying workshop and individual goals

09:45   What is organisational culture? – Developing a shared understanding

10:15   Where is your organisation now? How would the culture be described?

11:15   The importance of clear organisational purpose, clarity of goals and values that are aligned and shared

12:00   Creating a culture that encourages rather than blocks and stifles, what are the barriers?

12:30   Lunch

13:15   Where do you want to be – Your organisations cultural vision

13:45   Symbols used to communicate culture

14:00   Organisational Development – a coordinated approach

15:00   Developing bold leadership and proactive support services

15:45   Personal actions and next steps

16:00   Finish

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for those looking to develop organisational responses to the challenges faced by Authorities. It is useful for those with strategic roles in organisational change and policy making. It will also be useful for managers in areas moving into a more commercial environment who are seeking to get to grips with organisational issues and not just the approach to use.


Keith Crampton, Wiz Training and Development Ltd.

Keith is an experienced trainer, coach and facilitator specialising in Local Government but with experience in private sector organisations as well as charities. Specialising in organisational and culture change Keith has worked with Authorities of all types. His experience before forming Wiz was as a Training and Organisational Development specialist working in both Local Government and the NHS. He brings an enthusiastic and engaging approach coupled with a focus on achieving real improvements in individual and organisational performance.