Integrality Change Management

Levels of Consiousness

In your strive for change it’s essential to be aware of the stage of development of an organisation, manager or employee and work from there. The Barrett Seven Levels of Consciousness Model describes the evolutionary development of human consciousness and distinguises 7 Levels of Consciousness. It applies to all individuals and human group structures, such as organisations, communities and nations. 

The model covers both the internal dimensions of consciousness ‐ our inner journey into self‐knowledge and meaning, and the external dimensions of consciousness – the gradual expansion of our sense of identity in terms of who and what we care about in our lives.

Only one step at a time

To be effective you should focus on the stage above the one which is reality now. You need therefore to understand the stages in development of consciousness. Avoid (as very often happens) imposing solutions or taking measures that ignore the current level of consciousness of an individual or organisation.

ps. this model relates to the Spiral Dynamics theory. Spiral Dynamics Integral gives insight in the various value systems (or values, motives, and/or colors) of people ans is very usefull as well to show how people think and why we do as we do.