Do You DDO?

April 3rd, 2014 by Kelly Kienzle

Work Life Balance SignpostA Deliberately Developmental Organization (DDO) is, on the surface, everyone’s worst HR nightmare.  This strategy states that colleagues should be fully transparent about their greatest weaknesses, explicitly state what their developmental goals are, and constantly be working towards achieving them.  Ouch.  Yet underneath this strategy can be found possibly one answer to the elusive work-life balance question.

So, if you are wondering how to achieve better work-life balance, read on.  In fact, simply by reading this article you are achieving better balance if you have a DDO culture.  Here’s how….

In a DDO, the culture is that we are always learning.  Thus we are living a more fulfilled life through the work that we do.  We are viewing our organization as a lab in which we can test our new skills.  The long to-do list on our desk is actually a road map to self-development.  And we are positioning our weaknesses as opportunities to learn something about ourselves.

It’s like weaving a double thread: On the surface, we are working hard to meet our responsibilities and complete our tasks. Yet simultaneously we are weaving a second thread: we are improving ourselves.  We are learning again, and rarely do we feel more alive than when we are stretching ourselves towards a goal that we believe in.

As an added benefit, we no longer have to hide our weaknesses, pretend to be more than we are, or manage how others perceive us.  This is something most of us shamefully spend so much time doing each day.  Yet if all of that subterfuge is thrown out, then a DDO culture starts to build.

We bemoan how our jobs kill our work-life balance.  We crave more meaning, personal attention, or outlets to just be who we authentically are.  Well, in a DDO you can do that by means of your job.  Instead of your job being the roadblock to work-life balance, what if it was the catalyst?


Because I am so excited by this new DDO strategy, I am offering a special discount on my services.  Here is what you can gain:

  • One 2-hour meeting to create a plan for what your team needs to become a DDO
  • An introductory 1.5-hour workshop for your team to play around with the concept and decide how each of them could help to implement it
  • A tailored action plan for each of your team members that identifies their most meaningful goals and how they will share them across the team
  • Regular Fee: $1,050
  • Discounted Fee: $650 (available now through end of May 2014)

Not sure if this idea will fly in your group?  Contact me for the short, 2-page Harvard Business Review article that introduces this idea and explains its benefits in more detail.  I’ll send it to you (for free, of course), so you can share it with others.  Achieving better work-life balance may be closer than you think…

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