At its heart is the view we all make sense of the world in our heads (constructed) and our model for making sense can become more complex over time (developmental). Contemporary contributors to the theory include Robert Kegan, Bill Torbert, Susan Cook-Gretuer and many others. Then there is Jennifer Garvey-Berger.
Jennifer stands out for her ability to translate theory into language both understandable and applicable to non-academics trying to make progress in a complex world. In ‘Changing on the Job’Jennifer takes profound ideas and shapes them into a digestible feast. Jenifer does not oversimplify the material typical of many management books but offers a broad understanding of Constructive Adult Development. The book might be short, but the ideas are dense. It is the type of book that demands reflection after every page.
This book is required reading for any current or aspiring manager as it has the power to change the way you think about thinking!
If you like this and would like a deeper dive then you might also want to check out:
- ‘In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life’ by Robert Kegan
- ‘Action Inquiry’ By William R. Torbert
- ‘Leadership Agility’ by Bill Joiner & Stephen A. Josephs
- ‘Simple Habits for Complex Times’ by Jennifer Garvey-Berger and Keith Johnston