Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter, born in Switzerland, is an independent scholar, experienced coach and the principal of the consulting firm Cook-Greuter & Associates. She holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University where she worked closely with Robert Kegan, and is an internationally known authority on mature adult development. Her thesis, Postautonomous Ego Development (1999), is a landmark study in the characteristics and assessment of highly developed and influential individuals and leaders.
Susanne is a founding member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute, where she contributes to the Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Business Practice branches. In addition to publishing many papers, she has coauthored two books on adult development, creativity, and spirituality: Creativity, Spirituality, and Transcendence: Paths to Integrity and Wisdom in the Mature Self (1999), and Transcendence and Mature Thought in Adulthood (1994).
Susanne coaches individuals in personal and professional resilience, self-acceptance, and consults to various organizations and projects in researching and applying developmental thinking.
Why we chose Susanne for the series…
Jeroen: Throughout my interest in Conscious Business, I have always been intriged by the relationship between personal development and business potential. Is there a way to measure this development, and what opportunities does this offer leaders and entrepreneurs?
As Susanne says on her website: “Research shows that the level of personal maturity and self-awareness are positively correlated to the kind of life one creates with others at home, at work, and in the community.”
I am very excited to explore this topic in depth during the series.
Diederick: Though I’ve never actually met Susanne, I’ve known about her and her work for a long time. I am fascinated by how she is able to unpack complexity in a developmental way, meaning she has the gift of telling the story of how different people look at the world. That’s exactly what I want to focus on in our conversation with her: what do you see when you look at work, and at waking up, through a developmental lense?