Instaread Summary of An Everyone Culture Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey
Five out of five stars
Rapid change is a reality in the modern business and organizational world. Forces that make organizations adapt or die come from many sources, foreign and domestic. The business literature is packed with examples of once powerful companies that are now being challenged by new businesses that are in direct and indirect competition. Microsoft was once the target of a major antitrust action due to its dominance, yet is now scrambling to change its models for business.
The primary solution to this situation is to avoid having your employees stagnate in what they do and how they fit into your business scheme. Doing the same action all day every work day for years is now often a recipe for layoffs and financial losses.
The book being summarized here is clearly an excellent rendition of an effective solution to this modern reality. It is based on one very important fact that has often been overlooked. Adults, even those that have been away from formal education for some time, are very capable of learning new things. In fact, if it is presented and done the right way, even experienced adult employees will be eager to learn new things. Especially if there is the looming danger of layoffs and unemployment.
Three organizations that apply this and other principles are described, when an employee reaches a certain level of comfort zone in a position, they are encouraged to explore other options within the company. Other key and essential aspects are that feedback across all levels is encouraged and even expected. Discussing personal strengths, weaknesses and learning from mistakes are a core ingredient in how they do their business.
The tactic of trying to make employees contented by providing perks such as free food are also mentioned. While it can be an attractive perk, survey after survey has demonstrated that doing challenging and stimulating work is considered the most important aspect of a job.
The authors of this book have credentials to justify their writings, but more importantly, they have ecological reality on their side. Rapid adjustment to changing conditions is necessary, organizational agility is required and this summary convinced me that this is a book to be studied in order to increase the probability of your survival.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.