About Transformations

Transformations is a tool for human developmenttransformations based in the work of Bill Torbert, Elaine Herdman-Barker and Global Leadership Associates in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. Background on vertical leadership development and Transformations is here and here.

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.

Purchase Transformations:
Coaching Package  $400
Facilitator’s Package  $1200

Transformations User’s Guide beta


Harvard Business Review


Pick 3-5 cards that help you tell the story of Company culture the way it was 3-5 years ago. …   How it is today. …   Where you see it evolving in the next several years.

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.

A sample of the cards is below including the instruction cards, a few logics cards (in developmental order, with blue borders) and a few process cards (potential triggers of development, with red borders):



See a summary of the 2005 HBR article here.

See these white papers by Nick Petrie on vertical development:

Vertical Leadership Development–Part 1 Developing Leaders for a

Future Trends in Leadership Development

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, and a former research and business partner with Bill Torbert and David Rooke. 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 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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