Stages of Human Development in the Business World, with Dr. Sharon Spano

Oct 23, 2019


Sharon Spano, Ph.D., helps business leaders transform how they think, adapt, and respond in complex business environments. As a business strategist, author, and Professional Integral Coach, she leads her clients through specific research-based practices that empower them to realign their business strategy with a life of meaning, accelerated performance, and increased profitability.

Sharon is also the author of The Pursuit of Time and Money: Step Into Radical Abundance and Discover the Secret to a Meaningful Prosperous Life.

She is also a scholar-practitioner who enjoys researching and understanding some of the hard stuff of life so you don’t have to. There’s nothing like helping people move through a challenge such that they come out more passionate and fulfilled on the other side.

Whether you’re a person in the midst of change, an entrepreneur, or an organizational leader, Sharon would love to help you discover a more meaningful and prosperous life.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Sharon recaps the concept of Leadership DNA, covered in episode 61 of the Other Side of Potential podcast: The Fundamentals of Systemic Mapping and Leadership DNA
  • Why it is important for business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs to know which of the “12 stages of human development” they are at
  • Why humans don’t stop developing at adulthood despite the common belief otherwise, and why human development continues throughout one’s lifespan
  • Why Sharon first became interested in the stages of human development, and why the various stages determine how we experience life and how our consciousness evolves
  • Why stages four, five and six are generally the most relevant to people in the business world, and what each of these stages represents
  • What common traits are found in those in the fourth stage (“conformists”), and why people in this stage often see the world through a lens of scarcity
  • Why people in the fifth stage (“experts”) have a self-reflective ability and a degree of introspection, and why experts tend to place efficiency before effectiveness
  • Why the “achievers” of stage six make great entrepreneurs, and why they generally focus on effectiveness over efficiency and are often workaholics
  • Why people in stage eight (“individualists”) have a greater concern for harmony and equality in the world and see things through a lens of abundance
  • Why knowing which stage you are currently in can give you greater clarity and purpose and reduce your anxiety

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