Adults develop greater complexity of thinking through identifiable phases.

Research shows that progressive phases mean increased leadership competency, capability and effectiveness in leading through complex problems.

Business cultures and structures are transforming to become more flat, lean, agile, adaptive, innovative, engaging, high-performing, and high-fulfilling.

Research estiomates that approximately 75% of all adults do not progress beyond a socialised mindset. Research also indicates that socialised mindsets are not capable of orchestrating and sustaining these cultural and structural shifts.

Development of adult cognitive complexity is possible and can be accelerated through different awareness practices.

Mindfulness, introspection, affirmations, meditation, reflective work on beliefs, immunities to change and your existing psychological patterns can all contribute to the growth of an individual's mental complexity.

Adult development (adapted from Kegan):

Self-transforming: ongoing (mutual) adjustment with other system-responsible people; engagement in a developing community; aware of their own construction of identity and ideology, this is what they transform

Self-authoring: evaluation of benefits to self (and community); periodic innovation and (me) finding the better way; aware of their interpersonal relationships they are subject to the politics of identity and ideology

Socialised: willing compliance with authority; fitting into expectations about tasks and performance; giving loyalty to the source of authority to get their needs interests and desires met

Ego-centric: associated typically with late childhood and acolescence, this phase of development is characterised by a lack of empathy, a focus on impulses and immediate gratification and is subject to their needs, desires and interests