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An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625278623
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 310,392
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Kegan is the William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and author of The Evolving Self and In Over Our Heads.

Lisa Laskow Lahey, a Harvard-educated adult developmental psychologist, is cofounder of the consulting group Minds at Work.

Matthew L. Miller is a lecturer on education and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Andy Fleming is the CEO and a founding principal of Way to Grow INC, the research and consulting home of the Deliberately Developmental Organization.

Deborah Helsing is a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of Training at Minds at Work.

Stephen R. Thorne is a professional actor and a member of the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. He has played Hamlet, Henry V, and Tom Joad, among many other roles. Stephen has narrated over fifty audiobooks.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Culture as Strategy 1

1 Meet the DDOs 11

2 What Do We Mean by Development? 57

3 A Conceptual Tour of the DDO Edge, Home, and Groove 85

4 In the Groove Practices and Practicing to Create an Everyone Culture 123

5 But Is This Any Way to Run a Business? The Strictly Business Value of

6 Uncovering Your Biggest Blind Spot What You'd Be Working On in a DDO 201

7 Creating Home Getting Started toward Becoming a DDO 233

Epilogue: A New Way of Being-at Work 283

In the internet age, how much longer will we settle for an IBM Selectric culture at work?

Notes 289

Index 293

Acknowledgments 307

About the Authors 309

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