An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (2016)

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An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (2016)
An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization

This book is named as the Best Management and Workplace Culture Book of 2016 by 800-CEO-Read.

This team of authors (Bob, Lisa, Matthew, and Deborah at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Andy Fleming at Way to Grow Inc.) has collaborated for many years on fostering adult development through coaching practice.

Their latest book is a team effort based on three detailed organizational cases, identified as “deliberately developmental organizations” and describes their work environment, relationships and how they engage employees in both growth and the organizational agenda. These organizations create “a culture in which people see their mistakes not as vulnerabilities but as prime opportunities for growth.”

While deliberately development organizations are currently outliers, and the three cases have created different cultures, strategies and tactics, the book inspires coaches to experiment with novel and diverse paths that could cultivate personal, professional, and cultural growth. Just what we are good at!

Description from Harvard Business Review Press 

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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