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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…

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…

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…

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

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. Similarly, failing teams show measurable dysfunction in subconscious blind spots, reality distortions, conflicting motivations, communication and interaction styles that prevent them from working in…

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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…

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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. I have chosen to publish this letter publicly due to the feedback I received and with the intention of having it be of service to everyone who is experiencing challenging emotional circumstances in the wake of the impacts and…

“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…

Higher Resolution

Sensemaking for a brave, caring, and evolving world.

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