Immunity Of Change By Robert Kegan And Lisa Lahey Essay

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Immunity to Change Paper
The book Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and your Organization was written by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. The book is a somewhat accessible but still very agreeable guide to Kegan and Laheys theories on human development which they walk you through and then make the point that at the core of these developmental stages which many of us never grow out of the ones we pick up as children or young adults lies a factor of failure in both individuals and organizations: namely our immunity to change. Kegan and Lahey propose that this is not due to people necessarily being unwilling to overcome and change or something as simple as the idea of people fearing change, but that there are hidden psychological motivations that prevent change from happening, people actual self defeat their own attempts at bettering themselves when they have the best of intentions and they have no idea why. These hidden motivations cause stagnation in an individuals and organizations ability to make worthwhile productive changes. Which in a world where change is necessary to get ahead in both the personal and professional sphere is a factor that can be detrimental. Fortunately for anyone who reads Kegan and Laheys work, they have given us a workbook style process with case studies that can lead to overcoming the immunity to change, overcoming the systems in our own heads that keep us from moving forward, a five step process for successful…

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