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Berthoud Consulting

Berthoud Consulting LLC, an organization development (OD) company, is a passionate partner for the success of individuals, organizations, and communities committed to social responsibility and justice.

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With departments, organizations, or coalitions address strategies, structures, processes, people, and cultures that improve effectiveness.

Organization Development

With departments, organizations, or coalitions address strategies…

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Build the capacity of people who lead throughout organizations…

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Design and conduct group gatherings for maximum effectiveness.

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Learning to transfer OD online: Adaptations of a technology late adopter, is published in the Spring 2021 Organization Development Review Special Issue—OD in Times of Disruption.

Weaving Learning with Performance for Transformation also available at Practising Social Change, the practitioner’s journal of The NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science.

Resource Center

Playing the Long Game in a Short-Term World: Consequences and Strategies for Racial Justice Work
Latest publication “Playing_the_Long_Game_in_a_Short-Term_World–Berthoud_excerpt.pdf ” {Excerpt pages 1-4] chapter in Enacting Values-Based Change: Organization Development in Action. Purchase here
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OD is Diversity: Differences are at the Heart of the Field
Most of us work in organizations with great or desired diversity-whether race, gender identity, class, sexual orientation, age, religion, ethnicity, or other differences that matter to who we are and how we are treated. The article explores how consultants-and leaders, organizers, group members-can and must pay attention to the diversity dynamics in order to be fully effective.
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Musings – Food For Thoughts

Addressing Structural Racism—in the moment


In a group addressing structural racism in organizational operations and programmatic work, we are reviewing proposals for action. A person of color notes some language used in otherwise sound ideas could unintentionally reinforce the separation the proposal seeks to address. The next speaker, a white person, explains what they intended the term to mean, why it was inadequate and why they settled on it for now.

What was the purpose of the explanation? If, as asserted, it was to agree with the original point, why not just agree? The outcry that greeted that comment suggests more was at stake.

The impact of the explanation was to (attempt to) erase the original objection—and the objector by extension. Where agreement validates, recognizes, and joins, explanation infantilizes…

Sabbatical lessons #1: Creating new eyes

“We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill… Read more >>

Our Testimonials

As a first time Executive Director, Heather’s coaching helped me see how I was worrying too much about what could go wrong…
C. Marie Henderson
Executive Director, Interfaith Works
Heather has been an invaluable resource for Bread for the World as we have wrestled with organizational change…
Rev. James L. McDonald
Vice President for Policy and Program
Heather and her team were professional, well organized, well informed, and sensitive to our organizational culture…
Bruce Hamilton
Deputy Executive Director Co-chair, Chapter-National Relations Task Force
You couldn’t find an organizational and diversity consultant and coach with more wisdom, integrity, and strength…
Vicky Foxworth
Director, Center for Leadership and Org Development

Client Spotlight

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