Introducing the Generalized Kegan Maturity Model (GKMM)

My whole understanding of discipleship, transformation, and myself was completely transformed by learning about Kegan’s Theory of Adult Development.  It gave me a unified framework for thinking about personal, spiritual, and relational growth.

However, as I have been applying the theory to my self, parenting, and coaching practice, I realized that I might be able to extend it to be both simpler and more comprehensive.  In particular, by marrying it with General Systems Theory (plus a dash of General Relativity, with a hint of Internal Family Systems), I find it useful for analyzing not just human, but also natural and computational systems!

I call this revised framework Generalized Kegan, or “GK” in honor of both Kegan and my favorite author. In face, Chesterton’s novel The Man Who Was Thursday — about a man rebelling against the extremes of his upbringing by embracing the middle path — was part of what brought me to Radical Centrism.

The following table uses GK Theory to outline a seven-stage Maturity Model for all kinds of systems.  This is still a work in progress, so please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

Generalized Kegan Maturity Model

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