One of the ways that wisdom enriches our lives is by helping us come to terms with the nature of change. In many cases, we can see that change is really development; this does not mean that we value all development equally, nor does it imply that development imparts value directly. This change/development, however, is essential to our own nature. Understanding ourselves in this context can bring significant compassion as well as agility as we move through the cycles of our lives.
Throughout our lives, it can be said, we move through a progressive inquiry of perspective taking. We can understand this journey of evolutionary wisdom through a lens revealing 12 distinctly identified and well-defined stages. By understanding the nature of these stages, how and to what extent any of them may be active, and our particular relationship to them, we can find ourselves insightfully empowered towards a more effective, more awakened, self knowing. At any point we may be seen to be sourcing our meaning making and the logics from which we derive our actions from the perspectives represented by these stages. In certain cases, taking a developmental perspective can be a powerful leverage tool for gaining insight into the wisdom of our current unfolding, or possible choices we may make along the way.
One of the metrics we may use in our work together is the STAGES Model of human development. This powerful assessment tool and accompanying wisdom perspective, developed by Terri O’Fallon and further enriched by her work with Kim Barta, (see references in our “Competition” section) stands on the shoulders of over a century of research and practice in the field of understanding human development.
Engagement with the STAGES model and perspective can be taken à la carte or in combination with any of our other coaching and consulting offerings.
A formal STAGES Assessment can be taken alone, or in combination with a STAGES specific coaching session to debrief the results of your assessment. The assessment by itself comes with a detailed report and can be useful as a standalone reflection. A specific coaching encounter on the subject can also help you to dive deep into a more nuanced exploration of the contents of your report and assessment.
The STAGES International website has a detailed description of the assessment instrument, benefits, and what to expect, when you are ready to step into this sophisticated and empowering tool for self reflection, just click below to get started.
“Wisdom inclines toward the good but is not attached to it. It shies away from what is not good, but has no aversion to it. Wisdom recognizes the difference between skillful and unskillful, and it sees the undesirability of the unskillful.”
—Sayadaw U Tejaniya