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Global OD Competency Framework

Business Advisor

The Business Advisor competency area includes three specialties:

  • Strategic Catalyst
  • Results-Oriented Leader
  • Trusted Advisor

Learn more about each specialty and access self-development resources below.

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Strategic Catalyst

Develop this competency

  • Supports and prioritizes issues critical to the organization’s success
  • Takes initiative and acts to achieve results tied to organization's goals
  • Is aware of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the organization and leverages this information to create appropriate strategies and inclusive interventions
  • Develops reputation as a business leader with strong business acumen and a broad understanding of organization and industry success drivers
  • Measures, monitors and adjusts strategies and interventions to create the desired impact


Results-Oriented Leader

Develop this competency

  • Uses impact and ROI measures to make an evidence-based case for interventions and solutions
  • Sets challenging goals including impact and project ROI, maintains focus on them even in the face of obstacles, and monitors achievement toward them, completes end-of-project evaluations, and shares with clients and key stakeholders
  • Understands and applies the principles of customer service and provides responsive solutions to address client's needs
  • Utilizes project management tools and techniques to make the highest and best use of organizational resources


Trusted Advisor

Develop this competency

  • Effectively develops trusting relationships and partnerships through integrity and authenticity
  • Is clear about the outcomes that are important to key stakeholders
  • Demonstrates effective coaching capability, credibility, and expertise when counseling senior business leaders
  • Accepts and accommodates a variety of interpersonal styles and relates to others in an approachable manner
  • Establishes and maintains an active network of relationships and partnerships inside and outside of client organizations
  • Operates as an honest broker, interconnecting multi-stakeholder views across the organization with integrity

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