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Global OD Competency Framework

Informed Consultant

The Informed Consultant competency area includes three specialties:

  • Self-aware Leader
  • Equity Advocate
  • Life-long Learner and Practitioner

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

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Self-aware Leader

Develop this competency

  • Makes well grounded, intentional choices about the use of self as an instrument to effect change
  • Understands, reflects, and acts on one's own personal values, boundaries, feelings, biases, triggers, and ethics and manages the impact on one's work and the system
  • Cultivates meaningful working relationships, effectively reads stakeholders, seeks out different and intentionally diverse perspectives, and uses emotional intelligence to guide appropriate action
  • Demonstrates creativity, curiosity, learning agility, and flexibility in thinking; Able to modify own thinking and preferred way of doing things
  • Demonstrates an understanding of client expectations and effectively contracts for goals, outcomes, and resources
  • Applies interventions at the appropriate level (individual, group, team, enterprise) and at the appropriate breadth and depth that produce sustainable results


Equity Advocate

Develop this competency

  • Works to bring equity, voice, empowerment, and fair treatment to all in the workplace, especially those who are marginalized
  • Lives out values including: respect and inclusion, collaboration, authenticity, self-awareness, empowerment, sustainability, capacity building and corporate social responsibility
  • Brings and integrates a strong foundation of equity, inclusion, and diversity theories, frameworks, and methodologies to guide all elements of the practice of OD
  • Seeks out and engages with diverse views and opinions and supports others in doing so
  • Creates an inclusive environment for people of all identities to feel valued, respected and able to contribute


Life-long Learner and Practitioner

Develop this competency

  • Demonstrates leadership in a specialized area of OD
  • Maintains an inventory of methodologies and tools to share and apply to organization needs
  • Leverages best practices to drive results in line with organization strategy
  • Builds and maintains a broad network of OD professionals
  • Appropriately applies knowledge of both classic and emerging theories of OD in the areas below
    • Appreciative inquiry
    • Change and transformation
    • Conflict management
    • Culture change
    • Equity, diversity and inclusion
    • Leadership
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Motivation theory
    • Organization behavior
    • Organization design
    • Process consulting
    • Science of decision-making
    • Strategic planning and execution
    • Systems theory
    • Talent management
    • Team development

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