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Global Competency Focus


Compassioneers are the perfect OD professionals for organizations that seek a blend of wisdom capable of transforming their service. They often find joy in assisting organizations involved in K-12 education, charity, conservation, and community development. This is a growing body of work and as more OD professionals enter the field, the more renowned the application of OD is becoming. As OD practitioners, Compassioneers are not forced to master all aspects an interventions under the OD umbrella. In fact, they often find happiness in deepening their current subject matter expertise in a few key areas and applications. One of the most important skills and abilities a Compassioneer has at their disposal, involves creating conditions for dialogue that opens minds, possibilities, and paths for positive change. They view their clients as meaning-making systems, and focus efforts to expand these abilities by increasing psychological safety, inclusion, critical reflection, and stimulating discussion topics and questions.

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

Specialization Relevance
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