The field of organization development is like a person who wonders as he wanders, returning now and again to essential questions like Who Am I? Why Am I Here? What Should I Be Doing With My Life?

So I like it when the question "What is OD?" re-surfaces (as it has the other day at the main e-mail discussion list at ODNET).

It says that the field of OD is aware of itself and its becomingness*.

Yes, that is a real word.

Becomingness - any process of change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.

Nice word, don't you think? And one that seems to fit well with what we as OD folk are all about.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, 12/04/06


Gautam Ghosh said…
Ah... Interesting word.

But OD should first focus on "being" thereby owning the parts of ourselves we already have discarded ...and only then on "becoming"
Terrence said…
Hi GG.
Intriguing reply.
Good to hear from you!
Can I add a word to that perfectly complements that one:

The degree to which you have already achieved your goals.

In an OD context this factor is crucial because it's much easier to discover the ways an organization is X than to try to make the whole business more like X.

Take becomingness and already-thereness together, and I think you have something very interesting...

Does that make any sense?
Terrence said…
Welcome, Alexander.
Another intriguing reply!
Yes, it does make sense to me.

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