An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization

By Robert Kegan
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"An Everyone Culture" by Robert Kegan explores the concept of creating a culture within organizations that enables individuals to continually learn, grow, and develop. This groundbreaking book challenges the prevailing belief that high-performance cultures require employees to put on a 'work persona' and hide their true selves. Instead, Kegan argues that organizations can foster a growth-focused culture by embracing the idea of 'deliberately developmental organizations' (DDOs).

In a DDO, individuals are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work, including their vulnerabilities and areas for improvement. These organizations provide an environment where employees feel safe to take risks, receive feedback, and engage in regular 'real work' experiments to further their development. By emphasizing personal growth as an integral part of the work experience, DDOs empower individuals to reach their full potential and contribute to the organization's success.

Kegan introduces readers to three key pillars of DDOs: radical transparency, positive messiness, and continuously evolving practices. Radical transparency involves openness and honesty, where people share their assumptions, beliefs, and learning curves. Positive messiness embraces the fact that growth is a messy process, and the organization provides support for individuals to navigate and learn from their mistakes. Continuously evolving practices ensure that the organization's systems and processes are constantly adapting and improving to meet the changing needs of its employees and the market.

Drawing upon real-life examples from a range of organizations, Kegan showcases how DDOs have achieved remarkable success in fostering a culture of development and innovation. He provides practical guidance and tools for leaders and managers to transform their organizations into deliberate developmental cultures, including strategies for cultivating trust, fostering open communication, and creating space for individual growth.

Overall, "An Everyone Culture" offers a powerful vision for organizations that prioritize personal development and create an environment where individuals can thrive both professionally and personally. This book is a must-read for leaders, human resource professionals, and anyone seeking to cultivate a culture of continuous learning and deep engagement within their organization.
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