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    Practicing the Art of Giving and Receiving Help

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    “Help in the broadest sense is, in fact, one of the most important currencies that flow between members of society because help is one of the main ways of expressing love and other caring emotions that humans express.” 
    ― Edgar H. Schein, Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help 

    As OD Practitioners, we are often called to offer help to our clients and organisations. Yet, how do we offer help, and how is our help received? When we can offer help meaningfully to our clients and from a place of love, our relationships and impact grow. This event aims to help us consciously hone our helping skills. 

    Help could take many different forms. In this event, we identify 3 types of help. We will spend our time practicing these 3 types of help in pairs and trios, refining our skills to ask for, give, and receive help from one another and reflecting on the process together.  

    At the end of the event, you will have: 

    • Learned about 3 types of help 
    • Practiced asking for, giving and receiving 3 types of help in pairs/trios 
    • Received help from others to progress your current challenges 
    • Reflected on your own experience and relationship with help 

    As a bridge from our previous events, we will be continuing our tribute to the impactful work of Ed Schein and also build on our ability to listen, as offering help requires us to deeply listen first. It is through listening and helping that we begin to build our competency of “Trusted Advisor”, as identified in the global OD competency framework.  

    Please give some thought to a challenge you are facing that you’d like to receive help on. We hope to see you at this event! 



    Allison Tsao

    Allison Tsao is on the OD Leadership Team and runs her own consultancy, Humans Who Lead. She has 20+ years of consulting experience in OD, change, and leadership, having worked with over 35 organisations globally. She is a lifelong learner and passionate about the positive impact that OD work can have on the world.  Her hope is that through a better understanding of what it means to be human, we can each show up as our whole selves and contribute to more joy, connection, and meaning in the workplace.  

    Allison’s practice draws on transdisciplinary practices in complexity science, adult learning, behavioural science, systems thinking, motivational theory, coaching, psychology, ecology, wisdom traditions, and the healing arts. Originally from NYC, Allison has a Bachelors in Management and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Masters in OD from Pepperdine University. She currently resides in Sydney, AU and is finally learning how to swim.  


    Danielle Jacobson is a member of the ODA Leadership Group and current President.  

    Danielle has 20 years’ experience working in organisations and with corporate clients in learning and development, organisational development and people & culture.  

    An experienced organisational development practitioner, Danielle is passionate about enabling workplace cultures where people feel good about being at work. As a facilitator and coach Danielle loves seeing people gain clarity on what is important to them and the steps they can take to move towards their goals.  Much of her work with organisations has focused on helping leaders to understand how they can positively influence both their workplace and the people that they lead in a way that develops and maintains their sense of self. 

    Danielle holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Master of Management. 

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