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Organizational Development Essentials


Remaining at the forefront of best practices in organizational development (OD) is critical to supporting and strengthening a company’s ability to endure and embrace change. During this intensive program, you will explore the most recent findings in OD in terms of analysis grids, approaches and hands-on tools that can be used to make a concrete difference in individual, team and organizational effectiveness. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and learn from high-profile experts and leaders in this field.

10 experts focusing on od-related themes


Provide an environment where you can learn, think about and share concrete solutions with instructors and other professionals interested and/or involved in organizational development in order to:

  • Identify the latest OD trends.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of handy OD-related concepts, approaches and tools.
  • Improve your analytical and decision-making skills in a constantly changing environment.
  • Develop an OD-oriented learning community.


  • HR and OD professionals
  • HR experts and specialists


  • Intensive program: Six days over a 12-week period (every second Friday).
  • Theme-based approach revolving around 12 management issues or concerns geared specifically toward individuals who facilitate or support organizational development efforts.
  • Top experts to address each theme.
  • Relevant reading materials on best practices in OD.

"The program gave me a chance to revisit key OD themes, develop a new perspective and acquire valuable tools so I can take action in my organization. The conversations with other participants were thought-provoking, and the instructors and guests were very generous with their input."

Johanne Landry, President, Johanne Landry Services Conseils

"The instructors and coordinators are passionate about OD and committed to advancing the field. Thank you for your powerful contribution to furthering our knowledge and awareness!"

Marival Gallant, President and Owner, Diamant Bleu


1. Introduction - Exploring OD services
Céline Bareil

  • Developing an OD service offering (in-house/external)
  • Strategic positioning of OD functions (mission, values, vision, structure)
  • OD metrics, KPIs and dashboards
  • Partnering with HR professionals, managers and service providers

2. How to improve team performance
Corinne Prost

  • Factors underlying the success and failure of teamwork
  • Team dynamics
  • Supporting managers in elevating their team’s performance
  • Team-building and team-strengthening tools

3. How to create a stimulating, healthy work environment
Estelle M. Morin

  • Workplace health and wellness
  • Structure and sense of purpose
  • Work/life balance – where the two worlds collide
  • Fun and enjoyment on the job

4. What’s the best way to guide employees and managers through a change?
Céline Bareil

  • Impacts of change on individuals
  • Preventing and addressing resistance to change
  • Making the recipients of change active
  • Factors influencing buy-in
  • Tools available to OD advisors

5. How can you work together to find solutions to complex problems?
Julie Bourbonnais

  • Fundamental concepts and paradigms of collaborative leadership
  • Keys to successful collaborative leadership
  • Overview of strategies and dialogue-based tools: appreciative enquiry, world café, open forum, future search
  • Tangible examples of how these elements are applied in an organizational context
  • Your role as an initiator, facilitator and enabler when implementing this type of approach in your organization

6. How to optimize your influence over decision-makers
Isabelle Lord

  • OD advisors and power
  • Building your professional and personal credibility with clients and executives
  • Upward influence tactics
  • Making and defending a winning case
  • OD business case competition

7. How can you boost your staff’s motivation?
Michel Tremblay

  • Concept of engagement
  • Creating an engagement-friendly climate
  • Spearheading an initiative to improve engagement
  • Easing the transition from diagnosis to action
  • Engagement drivers: Potential contributions and limitations

8. How to drive and support strategic planning in your organization
Richard Blain

  • Usefulness of a structured strategic plan
  • Definition of the concepts of strategy, key issues, mission, vision and strategic priorities
  • The strategic planning process
  • Tools to analyze internal and external environment and identify strategic issues
  • Components of an action plan inherent in strategic priorities and the corresponding impacts on budgets and resource allocation
  • Challenges related to buy-in and rollout

9. What are the keys to driving sustainable employee engagement?
Christian Vandenberghe

  • Different types of engagement
  • Engagement targets (organization, work, supervisor)
  • Methods of sparking and sustaining engagement
  • Generational differences
  • Securing employee loyalty from one generation to the next: Effective tools for managers

10. How to identify and groom high-potential employees
Alain Gosselin

  • Emergence and critical analysis of the concept of talent
  • Methods for evaluating potential
  • Joint development, coaching, mentorship, cross-training and other development options
  • Methods for fast-tracking talent development
  • Importance, roles and accountability of leaders in developing talent
  • Roadblocks to success for high-potential individuals

11. How to tap into and articulate tacit knowledge
Réal Jacob

  • Organizational learning
  • Transfer of knowledge, know-how and learned information
  • Intergenerational transfer
  • Creating a knowledge-based culture
  • Communities of practice

12. How can you build a collaborative organizational culture?
Alain Gosselin

  • Increased awareness of the needs, principles, challenges and barriers related to collaboration
  • Assessment of the current situation and desired outcome in terms of collaboration
  • OD tools for increasing collaboration
  • Leadership behaviours that promote collaboration


  • Reading materials and presentations by experts in the field.
  • Pooling of participants’ experiences.
  • Sharing of in-house practices.
  • Discussions and case studies.


Non-HR/OD professionals who wish to enrol in this program are asked to outline their expectations in the “Notes” section of the online registration form. This information will be analyzed during the application review process.

Participants will receive a complimentary copy of two books edited by Céline Bareil and Caroline Aubé:


Coordinator and instructor:

Céline Bareil

MPs, PhD (Occupational and Organizational Psychology)
Professor, HEC Montréal


Alain Gosselin

FCHRP, MSc (Management), PhD (Human Resources Management)
Honorary Professor, HEC Montréal

Richard Blain

Full-Time Lecturer, HEC Montréal

Julie Bourbonnais

PhD (Organizational Psychology)
Partner, Hors-Piste

Réal Jacob

MPs (Industrial Psychology), CEA (Labour Studies)
Honorary Professor, HEC Montréal

Isabelle Lord

MSc (Management), DESS (Organization and Human Resources), CHRP
Professional Coach

Estelle M. Morin

MPs, PhD (Psychology)
Professor, HEC Montréal

Corinne Prost

B.A. (Economic), MSC (Human Resources)
Learning and talent Specialist - Founder of CAP formation-développement, Lecturer at HEC Montréal, HEC Montréal

Michel Tremblay

MSc (Management), HEC Montréal, DSc (Management)
Professor, HEC Montréal

Christian Vandenberghe

Licence (Psychology), Licence (Labour Studies), PhD (Psychology)
Professor, HEC Montréal



The instructors are widely respected for their expertise and teaching talents. Because they divide their time between the classroom and field research, they are deeply attuned to the latest trends and best industry practices in OD.


$3,995 + taxes


Six Fridays – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Course given in French


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