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Innovation Maven

Global Competency Focus


Innovation Mavens find great satisfaction in helping organizations create significant improvements in value for their employees and clients. Their source of excitement is less likely to come from a title that refers to them as an "OD Professional", or a prescribed approach to change, and more likely to arise when they are helping clients "color outside the lines." This type of a career becomes a calling the moment an Innovation Maven becomes engaged in helping employees supercharge their collective creative capacity. Innovation Mavens often take the view that the life of an organization is constantly emerging, evolving through cycles of imagination, conversation, and reflection. They often enjoy deep expertise in just a few techniques for facilitating dialogue, discovery, and meaningful collaboration. These techniques are designed to cultivate a safe and productive space for dialogue, which gives rise to discoveries that directly impact the bottom line - not through changed behaviors, but through new worldviews.

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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