It took 5 days.. and just like that, I knew that I fell in love. Not with a someone but with a mission. OD or Organization Development seems a new word for most of us. It’s anchored on Behavioral Science, similar to HR, as it deals with people in organizations. In a nutshell, it involves planned changes for the purpose of organization effectiveness (the here and now) and organization health (the future). It’s not just one time but seeks sustainability!
As I learned more about it, I knew that I could be in this for the long haul. This is in part because I’m a nerd for anything behavioral or psychological, but a bigger part screams it’s because I know I will become a better person in this journey.
Here are some of the key take-aways from that 1-week learning adventure:
1- Balance confidence with humility. Each person has so much potential, and our beauty is unmatched because we are created in the image of that loving and good God. This should give us confidence in our capabilities and maximize the gifts, no matter how unique it is or how “useless” as some people might think.
Humility should be on the other end of the seesaw – a reminder that we are not invincible but everything that we have is attributable to that all-powerful God who has blessed us.
2 – Eloquence is expressed both in words and intention. When we think of persuasion, of power, we come up with words like articulate, fluent, confident. However, power can be manifested too in that still soft voice of authenticity – a simple sincere desire to be of help in whatever way you can. At the end of the day, you know that you are in a good place not when you are applauded by strangers because you’ve spoken well, but because you’ve made a difference in your own little way.. somehow, somewhere, for someone.
3 – You know that you are in the RIGHT place when your gifts and heart meet at the center of God’s mission and His glory. There’s that career where you know you got things under control; you know your talent and are able to put it to good use. Or you see yourself going to your work day in and day out, not tiring, not getting bored, but enjoying every bit of it. Talent intertwined with Passion. One of life’s blessings is to be in that adventure of being used by God for His purposes, and you just get to enjoy the ups and even the downs with Him in the driver seat.
5 days seem short to fall in love. In my case, it wasn’t the impulsive kind. I know that God has been preparing me all these years, just like a patient father to any of His children. He’s just there, inviting, guiding, and waiting until such time that I am ready to heed His call on that adventure!