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


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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