I. CORE preparation MATERIALS

Lisa Lahey and Robert Kegan are the academic researchers who identified the dynamics of Immunity to Change, which helps explain how some changes seem to be more difficult than others to achieve. I.E. we say we want to achieve or do X and yet we do not make progress and do not achieve or do X, and instead continue to do Y.

All this despite our clearly stated intention and sense of overt commitment.
They noticed that the reason for these 'stucknesses' was because, in those situations, we have Hidden Competing Commitments that keep us from making progress.

And those Hidden Competing Commitments come out of Big Assumptions that we are not so willing to challenge.

Kegan and Lahey's transformative solution is to start with the following:
a) first map out this invisible trap of Competing Commitments and Assumptions, and then
b) begin to experiment with loosening up the Assumptions,
so as to create improved inner (and outer) conditions for our original intention or goal to flourish.

We will start to do some of this work for ourselves on Monday Dec 4 and we will take our time with it through the 2017 end of year holiday season, and thereafter, starting in January 2018 draw on each other for support and challenge in accountability trios.
So no need to figure it all out here and now. We have plenty of time and resources and support to do the work.

A. Immunity to Change Map pdf document explaining how to build a map. Will be reviewed in detail during our videocall.

B. Immunity to Change template for your use. Print out multiple copies and use it to create your very own Immunity to Change 'working map'.

C. Chapter 2 of Kegan and Lahey's book Immunity to Change. This is a good chapter to read following the webinar were we will overview how to complete a personal Immunity to Change map

D. HBR Article The Real Reason People Won't Change by Kegan and Lahey, for an overview re: technical changes and adaptive changes



Dec 4 2017 9am US Pacific Videocall  - this videocall focused on Technical vs Adaptive change and the Immunity to Change Map.

Note: we used the following Entry CheckIn/Reflection to begin to Identify a strong Change Commitment. 

Step 1. If you were able to change one habit or behavior, what would it be?

Step 2. How would changing it have a significant positive impact on the Intention/s (i.e. big Intention/s you have been journaling about in your Intention to Self Letter work) you are holding for 2018?

Step 3. If you can't see how the change you identified in Q1 would have a significant positive impact on your Intention, please go back to Q1 and consider a different, more specific, more aligned habit or behavior change.

Step 4. If you phrased your Change Commitment as a 'stop doing or do less of or reduce doing X', then flip it into a specific 'doing Y'

OK. Now you may be getting closer to identifying what needs to go in Column 1 of the Immunity to Change Map. Keep working it following the instructions provided in the full handout. You will be using these maps to design action experiments starting in January.

Happy reflecting and fine tuning! Dorian

Note: Dec 4 2017 6pm US Pacific Videocall  - took place on Dec 18th


1. A 1 minute overview by Lisa Lahey, who is Robert Kegan's thinking partner on the Immunity to Change framework:

2. A 1-hour lecture by Lisa Lahey

3. For those who would like to read Kegan&Lahey's full book


4. A graphic recording capture that can help us understand the Immunity to Change in a visual way (shared by Nukhet Solak on Jan 14th on our AOC Facebook page - thank you! )

Immunity to Change.jpg





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