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.
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
The Vertical Self-Estimate™ deck is owned and supported by Global Leadership Associates, our valued partner in creating the entire Transformations™ tool.
Use Transformations with the activities and questions proved, and by creating your own.
See our Labs@CCL Support Blog for a User’s Guide, stories, tips, and insights.=
Purchase Transformations: $400
Transformations™ User’s Guide beta
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.
Transformations™ was developed by the Center for Creative Leadership in partnership with Bill Torbert and Elaine Herdman Barker of Action Inquiry Associates.
- Cook-Greuter, Susanne (2013). Nine Levels Of Increasing Embrace In Ego Development: A Full-Spectrum Theory Of Vertical Growth And Meaning Making.
- Kegan, Robert. (1994). In over our heads: The demands of modern life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
- Kelly, E. J. (2014). Transformations in Leadership.
- McCauley, C. D., Drath, W. H., Palus, C. J., O’Connor, P. M., & Baker, B. A. (2006). The use of constructive-developmental theory to advance the understanding of leadership. The Leadership Quarterly, 17(6), 634-653.
- McGuire, J., Palus, C. J., & Torbert, W. R. (2007). Toward interdependent organizing and researching. Handbook of collaborative management research, 123-142.
- Palus, C. J., & Drath, W. H. (1995). Evolving Leaders. A Model for Promoting Leadership Development in Programs. Center for Creative Leadership.
- Palus, C. J., Harrison, S., & Prasad, J. (2015). Developing relational leadership in Africa. In K. G. Schuyler (Ed.), Creative Social Change:Leadership for a Healthy World. International Leadership Association.
- Petrie, Nick. (2014). Future Trends in Leadership Development. CCL White Paper. Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.
- Petrie, Nick. (2014). Vertical leadership development, Part 1: Developing leaders for a complex world. CCL White Paper, Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.
- Rooke, D., & Torbert, W. R. (2005, April). Seven transformations of leadership. Harvard Business Review, 66–77.
- Transformations™: User’s Guide
- Torbert, B., & Associates. (2004). Action inquiry: The secret of timely and transforming leadership. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.
- McGuire, J.B. & Palus, C.J. (2019). Vertical Leadership for Executive Teams: Culture Still Wins Over Strategy. CCL White Paper, Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.
- The Vertical Self-Estimate™ (VSE) User’s Guide (draft). Global Leadership Associates in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership.
- Herdman-Barker, E., & Torbert, W.R. (2019). The Practice of Action Inquiry. Leadership Explorer blog.
- Herdman-Barker, E., & Wallis, N.C. (2016). Imperfect beauty: Hierarchy and fluidity in leadership development. Challenging Organisations and Society: Reflective Hybrids, 5(1). 1-17.
- Three short, client friendly videos on action logics and action inquiry
- McGuire, J. B., & Palus, C.J. (2018). Vertical development of leadership culture. Integral Review. 14(1), August. 144-166.
- Charles J. Palus, John B. McGuire, Sarah Stawiski, & William R. Torbert (2019). The Art and Science of Vertical Leadership Development. In press.
- McCauley, C. D., Drath, W. H., Palus, C. J., O’Connor, P. M. G., & Baker, B. A. (2006). The use of constructive-developmental theory to advance the understanding of leadership. Leadership Quarterly, 17, 634–653.
- Jennifer Garvey Berger (2003). A Summary of the Constructive-Developmental Theory Of Robert Kegan
- Torbert, W.R. (2017). The Pragmatic Impact on Leaders & Organizations Of Interventions Based in the Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry Approach. Integral Leadership Review