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  Most people know that children develop from stage to stage as they grow up, and that each new stage expands the range of what they can do and how well they can do it. What is less-well-known is that this development is not uniform across all areas in their lives.

This leaves most adults with arrested development in some areas. They are able to do some things in a mature way, others limited to a teenage style, still others like a child, and even some like a two-year-old. These same cases of arrested development apply to relationships, groups, organizations, and even entire cultures.

This section of the website introduces the Developmental Model which is at the heart of our approach to consulting and coaching. It includes many practical applications of this model to a wide range of manage-
ment and organizational issues. It explains how and why development becomes arrested.

Research over decades has shown that the Stage of Development of organizations is the single most influential factor in their success. The same applies to individuals and to parts of organizations. Therefore, understanding and improving performance begins with understanding Development.

However, good information on Development is hard to come by. In this section, you will find the most advanced, sophisticated, and rigorous treatment of this critically important topic, as it applies to management and organizations.
  Contents of This Section  
  Here is the paper containing the material for this section of the website. It is in pdf format for convenience in printing. Please press the View button next to the title of the paper to view and print it. We suggest printing, rather than reading on the screen.  
 “A Model of Development”  
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. What Is Development?
Chapter 3. Evaluating Performance
Chapter 4. Development in Adults
Chapter 5. Development in Organizations
Chapter 6. Using the Developmental Model
 Comparing 2 Organizations You Know  
Here is a short exercise you can use to try out this Model of Develop-
ment by comparing two organizations you know on eight important factors of management and organizational functioning. It will let you check for yourself, based on your own experience, the relationship between Development and performance.
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