“Why can’t I make a change even when I know the change would be good for me?”

Dr. Bob Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey of  Minds at Work and Harvard University have been researching this one big question that every one of us asks ourselves at some point.

Here is what they discovered:

“If you are not making the progress you want, it is not because of the reasons you have probably thought. It is not because you are a weakling, or lack discipline, or are an ‘old dog’ who can’t learn ‘new tricks,’ or any of the host of depreciative things you have thought about yourself. Rather, there is a part of you that wants to accomplish an important goal  and another part of you that is expending just as much energy working against that goal—but for a very good reason: you are (understandably) trying to take good care of yourself, to protect yourself from what feels like disaster—just the work of any immune system  (Kegan and Lahey).”

A Deeply Personal Tool for
Creating Real and Lasting Change

“The Immunity-to-Change™ (ITC) approach is specifically designed to help individuals, work teams, and organizations make those personal and collective changes that are most important to them– but have proven resistant even to thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions. The approach first generates a customized picture of something which is usually invisible—the way our current mindset produces exactly those behaviors which prevent progress on the goal we most want to achieve. This is the immunity to change. Once we see the real source of what has been preventing change, the approach guides us on a new path to accomplishing it (Kegan and Lahey).”

Dr. Robert Kegan

Dr. Bob Kegan

Dr. Lisa Lahey

Dr. Lisa Lahey


I was trained at Harvard by Bob and Lisa, and I’m qualified to facilitate the ITC process. Learn more about ITC coaching options for:

Read more about ITC at work in this New York Times article:
“Minds at Work Help Managers Find and Fix Their Flaws”