The companies that Harvard faculty members Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey label “deliberately developmental organizations” (DDOs) merge revenue building with helping the members of their workforce evolve as people. Kegan and Lahey’s thesis is that many people – like the authors and, perhaps, you, too – waste time and energy avoiding their own weaknesses, insecurities and limitations. The authors believe DDO practices help executives, managers and employees escape dysfunctional denial and boost performance.
Kegan and Lahey’s case studies illustrate how DDOs foster self-development, employee satisfaction and success. Their innovative insights and techniques will inspire open-minded entrepreneurs, senior leaders, heads of HR and managers – though they may unnerve people accustomed to more emotional privacy at work. The authors have the professional credentials to back up their methodology. 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.