Many of us OD practitioners are being asked to be agents of transformation in our organisations and communities. These social environments are dynamic. Our practices are dynamic. So must be our presence. As instruments-of-change, we may find that we need to journey through our own transformational quests in order to lead others through theirs. After all, we can only lead others to where we ourselves have gone.
Transformation is fundamentally an experiential journey – one that is led by our hearts. It often starts with a sense of quiet, of something still missing, of a ‘fertile void’ which we must meet and explore within ourselves as a first step towards transformation. Then, when we have loving acceptance of what is, we begin to dance in the embrace of losing what’s familiar to who we are now. Such endings invite us to cross the threshold of transformation and empower us to liberate new possibilities within.
If we walk this path for ourselves, we find ourselves better equipped to help the organisations we serve to transform. But what if we weren’t meant to walk alone? Traveling this transformative path with others gives us the experience of co-creating transformation in relationship – creating a far more meaningful and effective approach.