The Conscious Company Glossary

Deliberately Developmental Organization (DDO)

A term coined by Harvard University researchers Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey to describe companies that do everything within their power to create conditions that enable workers to overcome their own internal barriers to change, take stock of and transcend their own blind spots, and see errors and weaknesses as prime opportunities for growth. According to the pair’s research, deliberately developmental organizations reap more profits, have more satisfied and functional teams, and are more innovative than companies that don’t take this approach.

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