Global Competency Focus
Effective, reliable, and flexible, are all marks of an Achievement Ace. Their broad mastery of OD skills gives them the ability to adapt and seamlessly address innumerable problems an organization may be facing. They are often viewed as a client's "fixer", brought in periodically to methodically help improve organizational performance. The technical dimensions of their craft are just as important as their social ability to invite and provide constructive feedback. Their skill versatility also allows them to identify organizational pressure points, remove obstacles, and locate unobstructed paths to success. Their strengths are many, but perhaps there is none greater than their heightened situational (and self) awareness. Even amid adversity, which all change agents face from time to time, they remain unflinching, and selflessly dedicated to the mission. By intentionally modeling these virtues, Achievement Aces often motivate their clients to seek career paths in OD, as they begin to express just as much curiosity in OD as they do in their own organization.
Prioritize your Learning, Research, Stretch-Assignments, and Mentors!
The OD Network's Global Competency Framework is what is known as a a "full-spectrum" approach to OD skill development. Though it may be ideal for some people, not ever practitioner will be interested (or compelled by their job requirements) to learn all of these competencies.
To help prioritize your OD professional development in a way that is most meaningful, practical, and economical, utilize this illustration to chart learning journey. Start with the competency cluster next to the number 1, and then move onto 2, 3, and so on.
Pay particularly careful attention to competency areas marked by stars, as they are more likely to be appealing and useful to you given your preferences.
The Global Competency Framework also contains numerous "OD Specializations" you may choose to develop. We've studied the relevance of each of these specializations for jobs that match your preference.
To prioritize your development it is always best to speak with a career coach to make sure that your development aligns your vision, mission, strengths and interests with real OD career opportunities.
Generally, however, we suggest starting at the top of the list and then working your way down. Anything above 80% may be considered an essential specialization for your preference..
Anything between 50- 79% should be considered an important specialization for careers that match your preference. Anything below 50% is can be helpful but not