Stages of Development
is a well-researched and established field dating back over 100 years. Also known as “adult development” this research territory grew out of the recognition that not only do we develop physically, mentally, and emotionally as children, but that all of those dimensions continue to evolve throughout the course of our lives. There have been many well-recognized and well-respected contributors to this field and the tools of this work have been brought to bear with much success in civic, governmental, and corporate contexts.
One of the tools we may use in our work together is the STAGES Model of human development. This powerful assessment metric 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.
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 developmental change, 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 and moments of our lives.
STAGES Assessment & Reflection
Throughout our lives 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 logics, from which we derive our actions, from the perspectives represented by these stages. 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.
Engagement with the STAGES model assessment protocol and coaching perspective can be taken à la carte or in combination with any of our other service offerings.
A formal STAGES Assessment stands 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 detailed reflection. A specific coaching encounter on the subject is also helpful as you dive deep into a more nuanced exploration of the contents of your report and assessment.
The STAGES Assessment protocol is a 36-sentence stem completion exercise that takes anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to complete, preferably in one sitting. This portion is often an engaging and enlightening experience in itself. This portion, you undertake alone in the privacy and comfort of your own home or workspace.
Having completed that step you will receive a detailed report with personalized recommendations. From there you may choose to engage for a formal debrief to help take you deeper into that reflection, and you may wish to use this as a stepping off point for a full Wisdom Dialogues encounter.
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