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The Problem with Developmental Models

Lately various voices have been raised in critique of adult development models, and the way coaches implement them in their work with clients.

In this conversation with management consultant and researcher Dave Snowden we explore some of the fundamental issues with models of adult development, how more fluid stories of self can be more constructive in facilitating change and Dave’s complexity science-based approach to coaching.

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In this podcast we talk about:

01:00 The problem with developmental models
07:40 Reframing adult development
13:15 From rigid frames to stories of self
16:10 Contextual evaluations
21:40 The “underlying abstract” concept
25:45 Agency, assemblage and affordance
30:00 Abductive vs inductive research
35:45 Context, relationship and homogenization
40:30 Coaching in the collapsing paradigm

Resources Mentioned:
The Woozle Effect
Frozen 2
Stuart Kauffman

About Dave

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Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden is a management consultant and researcher in the field of knowledge management and the application of complexity science. Known for the development of the Cynefin framework, he is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge, a Singapore-based management consulting firm specializing in complexity and sensemaking. He has authored several articles and book chapters on the Cynefin framework and the role of complexity in sensemaking.

The Cynefin Framework

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