Good L&D: Separating apples from O.R.A.N.G.E.S

by Brett Henebery25 Jan 2017
When Camp Quality, a children’s Cancer charity, fell on hard times financially, its CEO at the time, Simon Rountree, made a crucial decision.

Rather than giving up and letting the charity’s $1m debt swallow the business, he developed an innovative framework called ORANGES, centred on Optimism, Resilience, Attitude, Now (mindfulness), Gratitude, Energy and Strengths.

Based on research from world-leading universities, ORANGES provides skills and more than 40 tools to embed change and measure the impact.

In the Optimism module, problem solving is one of the outcomes. People with a pessimistic mindset see issues and barriers, while optimistic people identify paths, possibilities and opportunity. The 'O' in ORANGES offers skills to be more solutions-focused and optimistic.

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After trialling the program with the National Rugby League team, a ‘big four’ bank, a media company and two manufacturers, Camp Quality’s board realised it had something special and sought a partner to commercialise its survival blueprint and take it wider.

Now, Camp Quality is not only out of debt – it’s thriving.

According to Paul Findlay, managing director of PDT, the professional development training  company chosen to be the exclusive Australian reseller of ORANGES: “Its a scientifically-sound, measurable program that improves business outcomes by changing the way your people approach their work and their lives.

“Improve the lives of your people, get them more engaged and you'll improve the organisation’s performance. When people are happy, positive and resilient, organisations are healthy, stable and profitable,” he said in a statement.

Findlay added that many workers will start 2017 thinking about a new beginning and asking where they are going in their life.

“It’s part of the seasonal cycle. Employers can be proactive and do something about it or ignore it at their peril. One reason people leave is they don’t have a strong affection with an organisation’s brand and culture or they don’t feel supported and appreciated,” he said.

“I like that a lot of ORANGES ends up being driven by peer to peer support, appreciation and motivation. It doesn’t all fall on management’s shoulders.”

He said ORANGES gives people tools for resilience and self-management strategies.

“This is important because there are times of the year when people are extra busy, drained and stretched. The program focuses on skills to manage your perspective on life and care for your own state of mind,” he said.

Findlay pointed out that the program encourages people to show gratitude and appreciate each other and so the organisation ends up with a culture of fun, engagement, respect and joy.

“As an organisation focused on innovation, we’re always searching the marketplace for training solutions that match the trends in professional development and the ORANGES program is one of the best and most relevant I’ve seen in two decades in the business,” he said.

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