Transformations is a tool for human development 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.
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:
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.
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.