• An Everyone Culture

    A Radical New Model for Unleashing Your Company???s Potential.,In most organizations nearly everyone is doing a second job no one is paying them for???namely, covering their weaknesses, trying to look their best, and managing other people???s impressions of them. There may be no greater waste of a company???s resources. The ultimate cost: neither the organization nor its people are able to realize their full potential.,What if a company did everything in its power to create a culture in which everyone???not just select ???high potentials??????could overcome their own internal barriers to change and use errors and vulnerabilities as prime opportunities for personal and company growth?,Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey (and their collaborators) have found and studied such companies???Deliberately Developmental Organizations. A DDO is organized around the simple but radical conviction that organizations will best prosper when they are more deeply aligned with people???s strongest motive, which is to grow. This means going beyond consigning ???people development??? to high-potential programs, executive coaching, or once-a-year off-sites. It means fashioning an organizational culture in which support of people???s development is woven into the daily fabric of working life and the company???s regular operations, daily routines, and conversations.,An Everyone Culture dives deep into the worlds of three leading companies that embody this breakthrough approach. It reveals the design principles, concrete practices, and underlying science at the heart of DDOs???from their disciplined approach to giving feedback, to how they use meetings, to the distinctive way that managers and leaders define their roles. The authors then show readers how to build this developmental culture in their own organizations.,This book demonstrates a whole new way of being at work. It suggests that the culture you create is your strategy???and that the key to success is developing everyone.

  • In Over Our Heads

    If contemporary culture were a school, with all the tasks and expectations meted out by modern life as its curriculum, would anyone graduate? In the spirit of a sympathetic teacher, Robert Kegan guides us through this tricky curriculum, assessing the fit between its complex demands and our mental capacities, and showing what happens when we find ourselves, as we so often do, in over our heads. In this dazzling intellectual tour, he completely reintroduces us to the psychological landscape of our private and public lives.,A decade ago in The Evolving Self, Kegan presented a dynamic view of the development of human consciousness. Here he applies this widely acclaimed theory to the mental complexity of adulthood. As parents and partners, employees and bosses, citizens and leaders, we constantly confront a bewildering array of expectations, prescriptions, claims, and demands, as well as an equally confusing assortment of expert opinions that tell us what each of these roles entails. Surveying the disparate expert ???literatures,??? which normally take no account of each other, Kegan brings them together to reveal, for the first time, what these many demands have in common. Our frequent frustration in trying to meet these complex and often conflicting claims results, he shows us, from a mismatch between the way we ordinarily know the world and the way we are unwittingly expected to understand it.,In Over Our Heads provides us entirely fresh perspectives on a number of cultural controversies???the ???abstinence vs. safe sex??? debate, the diversity movement, communication across genders, the meaning of postmodernism. What emerges in these pages is a theory of evolving ways of knowing that allows us to view adult development much as we view child development, as an open-ended process born of the dynamic interaction of cultural demands and emerging mental capabilities. If our culture is to be a good ???school,??? as Kegan suggests, it must offer, along with a challenging curriculum, the guidance and support that we clearly need to master this course???a need that this lucid and richly argued book begins to meet.

  • The Evolving Self

    The Evolving Self focuses upon the most basic and universal of psychological problems???the individual???s effort to make sense of experience, to make meaning of life. According to Robert Kegan, meaning-making is a lifelong activity that begins in earliest infancy and continues to evolve through a series of stages encompassing childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The Evolving Self describes this process of evolution in rich and human detail, concentrating especially on the internal experience of growth and transition, its costs and disruptions as well as its triumphs.,At the heart of our meaning-making activity, the book suggests, is the drawing and redrawing of the distinction between self and other. Using Piagetian theory in a creative new way to make sense of how we make sense of ourselves, Kegan shows that each meaning-making stage is a new solution to the lifelong tension between the universal human yearning to be connected, attached, and included, on the one hand, and to be distinct, independent, and autonomous on the other. The Evolving Self is the story of our continuing negotiation of this tension. It is a book that is theoretically daring enough to propose a reinterpretation of the Oedipus complex and clinically concerned enough to suggest a variety of fresh new ways to treat those psychological complaints that commonly arise in the course of development.,Kegan is an irrepressible storyteller, an impassioned opponent of the health-and-illness approach to psychological distress, and a sturdy builder of psychological theory. His is an original and distinctive new voice in the growing discussion of human development across the life span.