The 3P model: Building OD capability

Grow OD

28 / 10 / 2015 10.43am

In September 2015 we published the 3P Capability Model and began sharing it with OD practitioners. This simple model captures the areas you’d like to do some further work on.  

The model covers nine themes, under three areas and focuses on our:

  • purpose – including our impact, clarity and coherence
  • practice – including our competence, identity and confidence
  • presence – including our power, profile and positioning.
At the heart of the model is our self as an instrument of change, drawing on our agency, instrumentality and passion as practitioners of OD.  

You can download our initial attempts at illustrating the model, we are now building on the model with some ideas for action. 

You can also read two great pieces of writing that give context to the 3P Capability Model. 

Dr. Mee Yan Cheung-Judge, one of the leading thinkers on OD reflects on the 2015 Global OD Network conference in her article, Staying sharp in practiceMee-Yan summarises her main thoughts from the conference, which include:

  • remember, context is everything
  • be more diligent in being a systems thinker and educator
  • regain clarity of why we enter this field of knowledge and the level of impact we want to achieve.
Kathryn Winterburn, senior leadership and organisation development consultant at Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber and the author of our Capability inquiry report, has written a blog post about the inquiry, asking:  

  • how often do we actually spend time critically reflecting on our work?
  • how do we remain conscious and deliberate actors focused on enabling change?  
  • what is the difference that you want to make?
Kathryn’s blog is a great reminder of the need for us to find safe spaces to stay sharp and for us to think about the days between the spaces. It’s a provocative and excellent piece that challenges us to think about our own capability.

We’ll be continuing our conversations about capability through the regional OD networks and under the umbrella of our OD Capability Group. If you’d like to be involved in the work of that group please email 

The next face-to-face meeting of the group is on Monday 23 November in London (9.30am to 1pm) where we’ll be joined by Matt Minahan of ODN, talking with us about the proposed new Global Competency Model for OD practitioners. 

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