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9 Overall

9 Applicability

9 Innovation

9 Style


Harvard faculty members Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey offer an insightful guide to a revolutionary combination of business and human development. Their “deliberately developmental organizations” (DDOs) merge revenue building with helping the members of their workforce evolve as human beings. Kegan and Lahey’s thesis is that many people – like the authors and, perhaps, like you, too – waste time and energy avoiding their own weaknesses, insecurities and limitations. They also waste time punishing people who point out these flaws. Instead, you can turn to DDO practices to help executives, managers and employees escape dysfunctional denial and perform at their best. Since denial is one of the most potent forces in life, Kegan and Lahey deserve credit for creating a method that forestalls it. The authors’ case studies illustrate how DDOs foster self-development, employee satisfaction and business success. Their innovative insights and techniques will inspire open-minded entrepreneurs, senior leaders, heads of HR, managers and anyone seeking to transcend self-imposed limits.

About the Authors

Robert Kegan, PhD, is a professor of adult learning and professional development at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where Lisa Laskow Lahey, PhD, is a doctoral program director.


“Deliberately Developmental Organizations”

Harvard faculty members Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey contend that most people – perhaps including you – spend much of their time, energy and emotions at work on their “second job:” the effort of dodging the flaws they see in themselves and hiding their insecurities, skill deficiencies, office political woes and other worries.

Kegan and Lahey offer you a choice. Instead of letting these second tier concerns consume you, you can garner satisfaction from your job, develop yourself and your organization, and embark on worthy efforts to overcome your fears and supposed limits. The authors believe that people face burnout not from doing too much work but from doing work that impedes their development. Your second job, which is based on fear, wastes your personal resources and damages your organization’s performance, focus and purpose.

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