Essentials of Adult Development

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Essentials of Adult Development

Mindy Danna

Monday’s Episode

273: Essentials of Adult Development: Mindy Danna appeared on this week’s show to discuss the key stages of adult development.

Key Points

The stages of development from Robert Kegan:

  1. Impulsive mind (early childhood)
  2. Imperial mind (adolescence)
  3. Socialized mind (46% of the adult population)
  4. Self-Authoring mind (41% of the adult population)
  5. Self-Transforming mind
  • There are only modest correlations with age and the adult developmental stages.
  • We can absolutely regress backward into prior stages depending on context and situation.
  • Knowing more about what stage(s) you identify with will help you have more compassion for yourself and for others.
  • Your most practical development plan: Do one thing every day that scares you.

Resources Mentioned

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Free Assessment

LifeScore Assessment: I just completed this new, free LifeScore assessment from Michael Hyatt this morning. My score was 84 — one area I’ll be working on in 2017: eating a bit healthier. What’s your score?

Quick Reads

How to Coach When There’s No Time: Excellent article highlighting the key strategies of past guests Michael Bungay Stanier and Marshall Goldsmith.

100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference: Lots of great names on this list, including a numbers of past Coaching for Leaders guests.

When It Comes to Success, Age Really Is Just a Number: Think you’re too old to really strike success? Not true, according to the research highlighted in this article.

This Is Why You’re Terrible With Names: Tons on insight on why so many of us struggle with this — plus how to get better. For even more help with names, here’s a video I did awhile back.

10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings: I follow Brain Pickings, a popular site for some of the best wisdom to be gained from books. I liked these ten lessons for a decade of their work — especially #1.


Plugged Into Leadership: Tim Hull recently interviewed me on the principles of leadership, some of my favorite past Coaching for Leaders episodes, and some of the history and technology of producing the show.

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