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Adult development stages and the profit motive

posted Aug 29, 2015, 2:20 AM by John Oliver   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 3:17 AM ]

Draft text: There have been a number of efforts in looking at the correlation between adult development stages and organisational change management success (e.g. The Leadership Development (Bill Torbert's sample of 10 organisational change case studies) and Cindy Wigglesworth with the Spiritual Quotient).

But can we even hypothesise that there is a relationship between higher adult development stages and commercial performance of organisations? 

For example, is there an optimum developmental level, beyond which a person's developmental level begins to question the motives for commercial success, and therefore be less suited to running a company? 

At the Integral Theory Conference 2015 debate session with representatives from the Kurt Fischer and Jane Loevinger research camps, an audience member raised the possibility that more capital might be released for venture investment if adult development tools could help assure the suitability of the venture management teams. But is this a valid association, of adult maturity and investment success? 

Zac Stein replied with a question as to whether the profit motive is the primary capacity for post conventional adults....