When an entry-level sailor, or any entry role in an organization, is first assigned to duty, they are provided specific tasks with a limited span of control. These might include:

  • Work towards certification for their next post.
  • Stand watch on deck department of the ship.
  • Perform lookout duty.
  • Take a turn at the ship’s wheel.
  • Work with bridge equipment.
  • Clean and perform maintenance on the ship.
  • Work with deck equipment.
  • Identify and remove rust accumulations.


As we go up each incremental step in the chain of command, there is an increase in the number of variables an individual is responsible for. For much of a sailor’s life, we can enable this linear progression by adding new tools and competencies to meet a new checklist of responsibilities. …

What we all can Learn from the Higher Psycho-Physiological Performance of World Class Athletes and Elite Operators

For the uninitiated, developmental learning may be a double-edged sword. A developmental learning perspective offers us a new way of seeing the world. This new perspective aims to open us to the possibility that what we currently see in our operating environment and how we validate what we see may not be entirely accurate. If we shift our perspective, we may find contingencies for action we have not previously considered. If we are not careful and deliberate in our undertaking we can cut ourselves on the sharp edge of development.

The impact of being offered a new perspective can be cathartic, perhaps even emancipating. We may experience a renewed sense of agency in our ability to navigate the complexity we previously only found confronting. But as many a mage has pointed out over the millennia, insights are a dime a dozen. How do we anchor new perspectives to produce more timely action and positive outcomes in our role as leaders? …

While the concept of the deliberately developmental organization (Lahey, Fleming, Kegan, Helsing, Miller, 2016) is not new. A more nuanced set of morals and ethics are emerging to help inform today’s organizational and leadership development disciplines. That helps accelerate the understanding and adoption of enterprise-class developmental methods that can scale from small to large organizations.

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Characteristics of enterprise-class developmental methods — the methods by which we evolve our organizations — include at a minimum such considerations like:

  • Be informed by human development stage theory (Piaget, Kohlberg, Loevinger, Cook-Greuter, Tobert, Kegan, Lahey, Wilber, Freinacht)
  • Use a balance of subjective and objective measures in determining efficacy, i.e. capturing ‘lived experience’ of stakeholders as well as measurable outcomes. …

How to insure your organization against the likelihood of a failed Change Management Initiative, in this era of uncertainty.

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This is the inaugural article in a continuing series on the current Renaissance taking place in organizational developmental practice, including the tools, the practices, and the people giving rise to new ways of organizing.

Mission Critical Teams have measurable qualities that are predictive of positive feedback and successful outcomes. They have a discernible profile if you will. …

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Editorial Note To Reader:

One part of my work is as a Developmental Coach. This year I have also started to provide workshops and coaching to other coaches looking to deepen their understanding of developmental theory and practice. This article is one of a series generated for a group of coaches I am serving as we deepen our understanding of a psychometric tool for which we share the use of called The Enneagram, in particular, the iEQ9, by Integrative9 Enneagram Solutions.

I extend my profound gratitude for the kindness of Stuart Sovatsky who wrote this article and originally published it in The Enneagram Monthly, January 1996, and who has granted to my colleagues and me the privilege of using his work to illuminate our own. I found Stuart’s work while researching on the topic of Transcendent Values and The Enneagram in preparation for a workshop I am facilitating at The International Enneagram Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa, in October of this year. This article is a part of the available pre-reading material offered to the workshop participants and is also referenced in subsequent articles. …

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This is a letter I wrote to a group of coaching colleagues, after learning of the condition of a dear teacher and mentor of ours, whose stage 4 cancer had returned after a period of remission. I wrote the letter as a way of processing my own sense of shock, grief, and loss that comes with the inevitability of life transitions. …

“Language is the house of being, In its home man dwells.”

(Heidegger 1977)

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There exists a dichotomy.

Whether coach or psychiatrist, psychologist or clergy, and other allied practitioners, there is often a dichotomy when working with a client (or patient). This dichotomy of which I speak is one of wanting to understand our clients’ psychological functioning (as a part of human ontological functioning) without the client’s lived experience overtaking our own.

The ability of practitioners to maintain dispassion in the face of crisis and transformation of the human condition is, of course, an important one. However, if over-exercised relative to other faculties of perception, we believe it can come at the expense of a more in-depth understanding. If available, experience which could make the difference between continued suffering or the resolution of suffering, supporting a client in finding wholeness rather than remaining fractured in their way of being. …


Higher Resolution

Sensemaking for a brave, caring, and evolving world.

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