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Immunity to Change

Updated: Mar 24


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It is beautiful! ... if you ask me how I feel about overall Immunity to Change (ITC) approach. I have recently attended a workshop on this run by the author himself – Dr. Robert Kegan. See more on the HBR article – ‘The Real Reason People Won’t Change’. http://hbr.org/product/the-real-reason-people-won-t-change/an/R0110E-PDF-ENG or a short description on the Kegan’s website http://mindsatwork.com/index.php?page=about&family=books


A few key reflections in my experience to the approach:


· I am fascinated by the underlying concept of ‘Subject-Object’. It is such a simple term but capture a great deal.

· I have been in touch with a few very interesting concepts in the last few years i.e. ‘Adaptive Challenge’, ‘Mindset’ (in how it affects performance), ‘S-curve’, etc. The ITC approach nicely integrates for me all these, especially when I read the Immunity to Change book. http://www.amazon.com/Immunity-Change-Potential-Organization-Leadership/dp/1422117367/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377989383&sr=1-1&keywords=immunity+to+change+kegan+lahey

· In particular, I am intrigued by the thought – if developing our leadership is largely an adaptive challenge, the work of finding out the prohibiting mindset (or brake) is actually about identifying what the problem really is. And amazingly, the 4-column process helps us do this

· Re ‘Mindset’, the ITC is the first most systematic approach on how to identify the ‘outdated’ mindset in the context of change.

· ‘Change’ is a big topic. More importantly, I am in the business helping people to change. The ITC approach will probably be a key element in my practice systematically


And some other reflections in the form of questions:


· How possible and appropriate to have a 4 column module to end every training workshop in order to enhance real change will happen after such training investment?

· ITC / 4c process is a beautiful concept. What is the similar / equivalent idea that the Chinese philosophers have come up in the past give our reflective nature and long history?

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