Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock Potential in Yourself and Your Organization by Robert KeganA recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they dont change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully. Desire and motivation arent enough: even when its literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive.
Given that the status quo is so potent, how can we change ourselves and our organizations?
In Immunity to Change, authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey show how our individual beliefs--along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations--combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our own immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us.
This persuasive and practical book, filled with hands-on diagnostics and compelling case studies, delivers the tools you need to overcome the forces of inertia and transform your life and your work.
The Self-Transforming Mind
In the s, long before machine learning was anything more than a figment of popular sci-fi imagination, the Swiss clinical psychologist Jean Piaget identified four universal stages of cognitive development. This includes the ability to think through things in the abstract and draw conclusions, without the need for direct, physical experience. Today, thanks to breakthroughs in brain science, we know a lot more about cognitive development than Piaget did. This should come as good news to any adult who has to face the messy ethical and moral choices that adult life inevitably presents us with, especially today. Sound daunting?
The new year is a time ripe with intentions. All this seems important to many of my clients, but it's also a bit obtuse. We are well aware that children go through distinct developmental stages as they get older. Are we an adult once we hit some magical milestones? And then what? Adult development theory has been around for more than three decades and recognizes distinct developmental stages in adults — much like in children.
We like answers. They provide us with a sense of certainty and control. In the pursuit of clear answers, we filter and compartmentalize, separating right from wrong. We see the world in black and white. Robert Kegan , psychologist and professor at Harvard, is the founder of adult development theory. The theory describes how people mature and grow into adulthood.
Kegan and Laskow Lahey don't see these echelons as Their “self-transforming mind” isn't just some sort of mystical techno-speak. It recalls.
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The global environment is increasing the degree of complexity for organizations operating anywhere in the world. With it arises the need for a different kind of inquiry operating within our lives and organizations. The requirement for greater openness to uncertainty will challenge our sense of purpose, identity, and self-efficacy. The founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, noted:. Why has the highly directed conscious process of modern society reduced our adaptive capacity?