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 continuous waste of a company’s most precious resource—the time and attention of its people. The ultimate cost? Neither the organization nor its people are able to realize their full potential.
What if an organization 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, using errors and vulnerabilities as prime opportunities for personal and company growth? Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on adult development. He and his colleagues searched for such companies, studied them for years, and, more recently, began helping organizations within and beyond the US to start their own journeys toward remaking their cultures into 21st century incubators for unleashing human and organizational potential.
In this riveting and provocative talk, Kegan will give us a full tour of these pioneering organizations, their unusual practices, and shared principles. Come expecting to be both challenged and inspired!
- Describe the costs to organizations when people aren’t able to realize their full potential.
- Define key attributes of Deliberately Developmental Organizations that unleash human and organizational potential.
- Identify ways your organization can support more “growth” practices.