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Global Competency Focus


For Groundbreakers, meaningful careers entail helping others make sense of their work and identity opportunities in genuinely reflective ways. By facilitating safe and consistent dialogue, inviting divergent perspectives, and helping others maintain an open mind, Groundbreakers ignite both the performance and esprit de corps of their client organization. They enjoy helping leaders, teams, and organizations hold a mirror up to themselves, and make sense of their assumptions. Groundbreakers also experience satisfaction in helping these same individuals look out onto the strategic horizon, and let go of their biases (even if just temporarily), to imagine a future that redefines achievement. Through all these interactions with clients, Groundbreakers ultimately help clients attract and retain top talent who contribute to a healthy organizational culture and increased performance.

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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