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.