When you work with ODA you get three advantages.
Our work is embedded in the philosophical foundations of being appreciative, holistic, and inter-connected to the whole. These philosophical foundations are built into the DNA of everything we undertake, whether designing an intervention, writing in a publication, or doing a keynote speech.
We help our clients in their Learning and Development Interventions, Leadership development across the organization, OD Interventions and initiatives, capability building initiatives, building high performing teams, culture mapping and culture change, creating vision, mission and values and executive coaching. We also do an ICF approved coach certification program in partnership with Coach for Life, and an OD certification in partnership with TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences).
Most new managers don’t realize how much their new role can differ from that of an individual contributor. Often, they have misconceptions about what managing entails, and they may not be able to predict what challenges they may face and therefore may remain oblivious to the skills they need to develop
Seven days ago, last Friday, New Zealand witnessed something they possibly never expected. Muslims who had come to New Zealand from middle east and other Asian countries, who had formed a brotherhood and a close knit community, usually connected and met other members of the community during their Friday Prayers .
In the last 4 weeks, we received quite a few invitations from multiple organizations across diverse sectors to provide our approach to define / align values to the organizations’ purpose, mission and values. Does this means there is more interest among organisations to create purpose and values or does not have to do anything with the times that we are in? We wondered.
The organisation did an extensive search and from many candidates the consulting firm suggested, finally selected one. The board also met the candidate and everything seems to be perfect. The HR head, the CEO and also the board explained the organisational context, the future plans and the challenges. The candidate through his own sources also collected information about the culture of the organisation, about the dynamics in the leadership team and business aspirations. Both parties seems to be excited.
The effectiveness of any planned change management process is dependent on how well cause-effect relationships of the contributing variables are traceable. In conditions where the contributing variables keep shifting it’s tough to project plan change! This realisation that transformational change is more emergent than planned has been challenging change management agents and consultants to revisit the existing practices of change management.
If You Believe There Is Nothing More Practical than a Good Theory
An Ounce of Practice Is worth More than a Ton of Theory.
Being a technology leader at Microsoft, this was clearly not a course on my career path! However, my deep passion for people and curiosity about OD got me in. I was neither skeptical nor optimistic about what I will get out of this course. And being `present` and `open to learning` gave me so much more than I could have imagined. Santhosh is amazing for both content as well as his style of facilitation. I loved the flow we had for 4 days in his sessions and numerous real life case studies along with practical tips, that we discussed at length. TISS professors Dr. Vijay Kumar and Prof. Ravindran with their depth and fellow leaders made it a great experience with their perspectives and insights. I would highly encourage business leaders that are driving organizational change and that means everyone to attend this.Anand Kamat Principal Director of Program Management, Microsoft
Over the years I have had the pleasure of engaging OD Alternatives for a wide array of initiatives including Senior Leadership Alignment, Coaching and Managerial Effectiveness. ODA has a unique customer centric and result oriented approach, and what I like most is the authenticity that they bring to this space – especially when it comes to defining the deliverables and impact (what can and cannot be achieved through an intervention).Devika Tandon Lead Learning & Development and HRBP R&D, Corp Functions
We, at Mercedes-Benz India were planning for the next wave of growth with a clear long-term strategy. Our dealer partners are play a vital role in our business important element. Hence, we wanted to assist our Investors transform their business from personally (owner)-driven to a new way of doing business which is professionally managed and aims to aid future growth. We were looking for a partner who can coach our Investors through their personal journey of “Personal transformation leading to business transformation”. Strategy ODA worked with our Investors for a year to support them in their personal transformation that was aligned to the Mercedes-Benz India strategy. The year long intervention had an introductory two day workshop and then each Investor was assigned to their individual coach who worked with them one on one. These coaching sessions were focused on their personal growth journey and also supported them in transforming their dealerships. I found the ODA team to be highly professional and experienced with deep insights into personal transformation and organizational transformation concepts. In a nutshell: the right partner at the right time.Boris Fitz Vice President Sales and Network Development, Mercedes Benz India
I have had the privilege of working with Santhosh Babu and his team at ODA for several years and across multiple formats that include small and large group interventions, short-term and long-term engagements across diverse audiences like students, middle management and senior CXOs. On projects focused on transformational change and leadership development, ODA is my go-to partner for its domain know-how and capabilities, but also for the maturity and effectiveness of its facilitators. Our engagements have always been high-impact and I would unhesitatingly recommend ODA in the future.Pramath Sinha Founding & Managing Director, 9.9 Mediaworx
oda has helped us through the change management journey. For an year we had multiple interventions with ODA to navigate through the ambiguities when we moved from Lafarge to Nuvoco. ODA also partnered with us in evolving our new vision, mission and values. They understand the organization context quickly, connect at a heart level and design interventions that are impact-ful.Mannisha Kelkar Head Corporate HR, Nuvoco Vistas Corp. Ltd. ( Formerly Lafarge India Ltd)
We do not create Vision Mission and Values every year so when we wanted to create this we were careful on how to go about this. This is when we first met Santhosh Babu and we were impressed with his deep understanding of the subject and vast experience in this field and so we decided to work with OD Alternatives for this exercise. Through one on one discussions with senior leaders in Orient, Santhosh quickly understood our context and facilitated a two day workshop where we articulated our vision, mission and values. The overall process was experiential, without much slides and theories. The entire leadership team was fully engaged in co creation of our Vision, Mission and values and later Santhosh helped us in communicating this to the larger organization. The deep understanding of the subject, vast experience in doing such work with large number of clients and dedication and passion was visible through out engagement with OD Alternatives. On the website - Organization transformation and culture change.Rakesh Khanna CEO, Orient Electric
Around the time when adversity had hit Ranbaxy from multiple external directions, engagement with ODA was very powerful catalyst for the employees of Ranbaxy at all cascading levels of leadership, to not only emerge successful in dealing with severe crisis but also stay coherently as one team to grow the business. By helping each leader align their inner purpose with the larger goals of the company, ODA strengthened Team Ranbaxy at a very critical time in its history.Arun Sawhney Managing Director, Ranbaxy
Refreshing Mission Vision and Values for an organization can be a fairly energizing and unifying experience, if handled deftly. This is exactly how it turned out for us when Santhosh Babu facilitated this initiative with our top leadership team. Santhosh has this unique style of connecting with the audience by understanding the organization environment, and key business drivers. His simplicity of delivery, insightful anecdotes and expertise in human behaviour make him a good choice to facilitate large scale/ critical people intervention. He has demonstrated this skill several times. Besides helping Max Life team refresh its Vision Mission Values, he has also effectively facilitated multiple Max Group level Leadership meets. Santhosh has been a great partner and we wish him and OD Alternatives all the best!.Rajesh Sud Managing Director, Max Life Insurance Co. Ltd, Max Bupa Health Insurance Co. Ltd
Successful organizational design and development outcomes require intricate internal navigation and a fine balance of using multiple of approaches ranging from the large scale structured interventions to intense personal conversations. The uniqueness of ODA is that they have managed to achieve this through their engagement with IDFC in last one year! They straddle this full range and that, makes them not only more efficient (one doesn’t need to go to multiple organizations but incredibly more effective at helping the business leaders achieve desired outcomes. I have worked with Santhosh at length and his ability to synthesise the different strands, spot patterns and “suggest” a way forward is truly syncretic and often magical!.Animesh Kumar Head- HR, Brand & Foundation, IDFC Bank
ODA is a true customer delight to work with,they go extra mile in diagnosing the problem , providing in-depth solutions and are continuously involved till they deliver the desired change. I have personally worked with Santhosh and Subin – they bring a very different perspective to every discussion , substantiated with their rich experience in Organisation and Leadership Development. It was a great experience working with them on our Leadership Development Journey for Middle Management , it was so powerfully designed with a unique learning map for every participant. We received great feedback on the program from participants and Leadership sponsors. I highly recommend them for any complex Organization Diagnosis , Leadership Coaching and Development assignments.Shaveta Ayra HRBP, Microsoft
I was a participant of the Women Leadership program ODA facilitated for RBS. The one year long journey ODA created for us had four workshops and one on one coaching and it was one of the best interventions that I have gone though. Recently, I also attended the OD Certification that ODA offered in partnership with TISS. What has always stayed with me about ODA is their depth on all human related phenomena and their incredibly diverse approach on its application . The intent and simplicity with which they deliver an ask is often transformational and pushes the group/individual in the direction of outcome. In an environment today when pace is high and its ever so dynamic, I think ODA is making a phenomenal attempt through their interventions to strengthen and enable the core of the organization i.e. its people & leaders. I strongly believe in the way they understand and drive Organization / Leadership Development and certainly recommend them as partners in all things people & organizations people create.Aruja Nayan Vice President – India HR, Royal Bank of Scotland
I have worked with ODA in my earlier stint with Mckinsey and I found them flexible, creative and focused on creating impact and business results. What differentiate them is high energy, deep insights into mindset change and leadership concepts and the ability to work at senior leadership to worker level. Leading the human side of change and aligning the entire organisation to an aspiration is their expertise.Raju Komaravalu Senior Director, Dr Reddys laboratory
ODA has excellent consultants and transformational coaches. With their presence the deliberations become invigorating. I’ve received many compliments from my internal teams, management, and senior Engineers who were positively impacted by being part of these programs. Their skill to chart a program as per the need of an organization and a team makes them a valuable resource. They are personable, articulate professionals and their ability to think through the issues and provide guidance makes them a pleasure to work with. ODA is punctual and has always exceeded expectations.Ganesh Guruswami Senior Vice President, Western Digital
ODA worked with our top leadership team to Area Business Manager level driving a transformation initiative. Their ability to connect with senior leadership and understand organisational context and strategy is commendable. At the same time when they went to work with junior employees in organisation they could connect with them also and make those interventional very impactful. The entire process was outcome based as the intervention was focused on making difference on the ground. Their deep understanding of Organisational Development tools, Leadership theories, expertise in facilitating transformation and execution make them unique, and I had a wonderful experience of working with them. Wishing you all the very best.Sudarshan Jain Former Managing Director - Abbot health , Visiting faculty IIM Ahmedabad
OD Alternatives’ deep understanding of people, their behavior, the culture they create in organizations and the essence of leadership traits become visible in anyone’s first interaction with any of the ODA consultants. They bring out their insights in Organizational Development and transformation of organizational culture through an extremely creative style of presentation and interaction with their audience. They do not get people lost in the functional jargon of the subjects, instead stick to the ‘real’ world. Engaging with the ODA Team is a sure guarantee to generate fresh internal high energy and a renewed sense of purpose for any human being!.Raju Rajendran Jt Managing Director, NIIT Ltd
I have found working with OD Alternatives to be very inspirational. The consultants at ODA were creative in their approaches to finding long-lasting solutions for our organizational issues. I have particularly enjoyed their out-of-the-box thinking, and their style very engaging. Mr. Santhosh Babu, partners with us as a facilitator, coach, and a friend. I always look forward to our sessions with him for continued reflection on our progress in our transformation journey.Mukesh Aghi President & CEO, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum
I have found working with OD Alternatives to be very inspirational. The consultants at ODA were creative in their approaches to finding long-lasting solutions for our organizational issues. I have particularly enjoyed their out-of-the-box thinking, and their style very engaging. Mr. Santhosh Babu, partners with us as a facilitator, coach, and a friend. I always look forward to our sessions with him for continued reflection on our progress in our transformation journey.Rohit Pathak CEO & President, Aditya Birla Insulators
ODA worked with the leadership team and then each functional teams of my previous organisation focusing on building high performance culture at the same time create strong people values in the team. Now they support my current organisation in a culture building intervention. Their interventions were impactful, relevant to the context and helped us to align each team to the collective organisational goal. It was such a wonderful experience working with ODA team and their insights and ability to connect with participants are what make them different.Roshni Wadhwa Director - HR, L'Oreal
As professionals, in our pursuit to take organizations to greater heights we work with various partners, consultants and agencies but at the end of it we realize most of them work and connect the way their nomenclature sounds…..and that’s not what always works with me. For me it is important to work with people who vibe well but have their individuality, are humble but do make their point, are intelligent but don’t carry arrogance, get along well not only with me but also with larger team. And, I believe ODA led by Santhosh Babu not only met these parameters but met it with aplomb. My experience of working with ODA and specially Santhosh has been a great personal learning. I did not have to campaign for Santhosh in my organization, he came, spoke, met and made friends with everyone he interacted. We have worked together on redefining organizational values and culture for Go-MMT (MakeMyTrip, GoIbibo and Redbus) and my belief is that this piece of work is going to be a path breaking one and first of its kind.Yuvaraj Srivastava Group Chief, Human Resource Officer
I have worked with ODA in multiple occasions in the last five years. Facilitating our strategy meet, help our teams manage change, support our leaders through change and building team effectiveness are some of the ares we worked with ODA team. What strikes me is their ability understand complex organisational contexts along with individual contexts of leaders and design interventions that are innovative, impactful and transformational. There is a personal touch, customized approach and conceptual rigor in what ever they do. Driving change and Transformational leadership is something in the core DNA of ODA.Rajesh K Dahiya Executive Director (Corporate Centre), Axis Bank Ltd.