After hearing Robert Kegan speak at the Next Practice Institute this fall, I eagerly dove into one of his seminal works, an incredibly insightful and practical guide to understanding what it takes to truly change our behavior – as individuals and as teams – in the workplace. The book is filled with case studies and exercises that highlight the importance of digging deep, really deep, into our habits of thinking, speaking and acting to understand their origin. Once light is shed on how our values and belief systems evolved to protect us (our immunity) we can begin the hard and important work of rewriting our narrative, one that serves our true goals and interests.
This highly regarded memoir is a stunning story filled with courage, humility, love, grit, and humanity. I was moved by Tara Westover’s extraordinary strength and her ability to describe her family members as complicated characters that elicited anger and compassion. The value of an education achieved by many means and in many places is a testament to the power of learning as a goal unto itself and a means of deliverance.