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June 29, 2010

What makes one an OD expert? by Julian Goh

Filed under: Stories for OD/ AI Consultants — by kristinesargsyan @ 11:00 am

There are two attitudes as Julian Goh observe.
Type 1, people who are willing to groom you from basics, teach you the whole process how to s/he becomes a popular consultant. S/he has no fears one day you will overtake him, as a result, if coming generations couldn’t are not transcending his teacher, there is no hope of coming generations, simple, it is declining. In Chinese martial art, if you follow a master who is Ten Dans, he will upgrade you to Nine Dans. In order for you to substitute him, look for example of Bruce Lee, you have to learn from various masters, and be your master.

Type 2, They stand at the point where they are now, and give you answer like ‘a good consultant has clients’.
Type 2 does not answer what you want, I guess. Even though you are good now, but you want to become even better. So, look for Type 1 master.   

Kwadwo A. Poku in reply to Julian Goh shared some interesting quotes on what it means to be an expert:

“Expert: a man who makes three correct guesses consecutively.” — Dr.
Laurence J. Peter

“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View
life as a continuous learning experience.” — Denis Waitley

“If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.” — David

“An expert is someone who knows a lot about the past.” — Tom Hopkins

“An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments
simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” —
Edward de Bono

“Expert: Someone who brings confusion to simplicity.” — Gregory Nunn

“You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert.” —
Denis Waitley

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s
mind there are few.” — Shunryu Suzuki

“For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert; but for every fact
there is not necessarily an equal and opposite fact.” — Thomas Sowell

Deon Binneman added to this discussion :

But the question remains what makes someone an OD expert?

Let’s change it then – What makes someone a Master, a Sage, A Hero, a Wise one or a Guru?

Are these not all archetypes?

Anyway, if you can get hold of a brilliant book called ZEN and the Art of Making a Living – A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design by Laurence G. Boldt, then read Chapter 3 – Myth at Work; Or, Crafting the Story of your Life.

To quote – ”To view your life as nothing but the facts is to miss an opportunity for a marvellous adventure, a conscious encounter with the universal energies and dilemmas of human drama. In this encounter, we take the hero’s journey, we experience life as art, we put the soul back into our work”.

The next chapter gets even more profound….in it there is a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. ”Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle…or Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A Soul generated by love…..”

I find this thought provoking. And, if you have read the Secret, something rings true here.

It is not about marketing and social media techniques. Even in social media they are now saying it is not about how many followers you have, but the quality of relationships. These techniques do help for a while.

But, people will gravitate to the sages, mentors and experts, that IS an expert to them.

Hope this adds to the conversation.


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