About Transformations™

Transformations™ is a versatile tool for enabling insightful reflections and conversations about human development at the individual and collective levels. A single Transformations™ box (as described below) is adequate for a maximum of 5-6 people to share in the same session. Transformations™ is designed to engage all ages and backgrounds.

One box as shown: $400
Six or more boxes: $200 each

In groups, each box is shared by a maximum of about 8 participants.

Transformations™ consists of two main decks of cards for depicting life journeys and exploring life transformations:

  • Life Logics cards (84) illustrate the ways that people make sense of the world with increasing maturity across seven transformations.
  • Catalyst cards (50) illustrate things that happen as people learn, grow, and change.

This latest, tarot-card size version of Transformations™ is now equipped with the following additional sub-decks:

  • Vertical Self-Estimate™ deck of 7 cards, supporting the identification of center of gravity, emergent, and fallback action logics
  • Visual Explorer® deck of 12 cards with images that are evocative of the seven transformations
  • Leadership Essentials™ deck describing 5 essentials of leadership (DAC, vertical, leadership culture, leadership strategy, and action inquiry)
  • Instructions / Activity deck of 9 cards describing a variety of applications

Transformations™ is based (with permission) in Bill Torbert and Elaine Herdman-Barker’s Seven Transformations of Leadership™ model of vertical development.

The Vertical Self-Estimate™ deck is owned and supported by Global Leadership Associates, our valued partner in creating the entire Transformations™ tool.

Transformations™ User’s Guide beta.

Vertical Self-Estimate™ User’s Guide beta.

Use Transformations with the activities and questions proved, and by creating your own.

See our Labs@CCL Support Blog for User’s Guides, stories, tips, and insights.


Transformations™ is a miniature replica of real life. It models human consciousness and its development from youth to the full capacities of mature and wise adulthood, while supporting a deeper understanding of the Here and Now.

Transformations™ is a flexible, user-friendly tool for self-understanding, coaching, team building, leadership development, culture development, and societal evolution.

It can be used by individuals and groups and of all ages and backgrounds. Among its benefits are the creation of self-insight and dialogue about the stages and processes of human development, in a way that is both engaging and reflective, playful and serious, impactful and fun.

Our review of constructive-developmental theory as applied to leadership is here. More context for these ideas can be found in Evolving Leaders, and The Deep Blue Sea (by Wilfred H. Drath). Robert Kegan has had a constant and powerful influence on our work since his influential book The Evolving Self.

Our views of constructive-developmental theory and practice have been greatly influenced by Susanne Cook-Greuter, a key scholar and practitioner in the field. A deep explanation of developmental stages by Susanne is posted here: Nine Levels Of Increasing Embrace In Ego Development: A Full-Spectrum Theory Of Vertical Growth And Meaning Making.

21454858396_79e7605e32_oTransformations™ was developed by the Center for Creative Leadership in partnership with Bill Torbert and Elaine Herdman Barker of Action Inquiry Associates.

Transformations™ is a product of CCL Labs. Bruce Flye is our graphic artist and Marie van Vuuren is our designer.


About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Many thanks to Steadman Harrison III, CEO of GO Innovation.com, and Senior Associate for the Center for Creative Leadership.
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