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Lisa Lahey

Graduate School of Education at Harvard University

Areas of expertise

  • - Education
  • - Adult development
  • - Adult learning

Major works

Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (2009); How The Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work (2001); Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools (2006)

About Me

Lisa Lahey is Co-director of Minds At Work, a consulting firm serving businesses and institutions around the world, and faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

She teaches in executive development programs at Harvard University and Notre Dame, and she is regularly asked to present her work throughout the world, most recently in China, Kazakhstan, and New Zealand. Her seminal books, How The Way We Talk Can Change The Way We Work (2001), and _Immunity to Change (2009) _have been published in many languages. Lisa has been on the faculty of the World Economic Forum’s Davos Conference, and had her work featured in the _Harvard Business Review, The New York Times Sunday Business Section, Oprah Magazine and Fast Company. _

Lahey and long-time collaborator Robert Kegan are credited with a breakthrough discovery of a hidden dynamic, the “immunity to change,” which impedes personal and organizational transformation. Her work helps people to close the gap between their good intentions and behaviors. This work is now being used by executives, senior teams and individuals in business, governmental, and educational organizations in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. Lahey and Kegan recently received the Gislason Award for exceptional contributions to organizational leadership, joining past recipients Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, and Edgar Schein.

For the past several years, Lisa has served as a trusted advisor and executive coach to leaders in the private and public sectors worldwide. A passionate pianist and hiker, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons.

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