Vertical Development & Life Fulfillment

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Do people at higher vertical development altitudes experience greater life fulfillment? That is a question that I partnered with Maurice Thibodeau to answer. Maurice is a the creator of a fantastic self-assessment called the Life Inventory Assessment, which is designed to help people gauge the degree to which they are fulfilled in their life across […]

How Past Trauma Affects Leadership Quality

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We want better leaders and we want to become better leaders. Unfortunately, commonly referenced statistics suggest that the majority of leaders are falling significantly below expectations. Improving our leadership and that of others should be a priority. In this series I am going to make a bold claim that I believe is key to transformationally […]

What Sets Apart Great People from Good People

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We have two side to ourselves: Our DOING Side, which represents our talent, knowledge, skills, and abilities Our BEING Side, which represents the sophistication of our internal operating system There are some people who are “great” at what they do. They are high on their DOING Side. For example, Bill Cosby was known as a […]

How Elevated Leaders Think About Culture

As I study Elevated Leaders (8% of leaders who operate from a Mind 3.0 vertical altitude) and compare them to Most Leaders (85% of leaders who operate from a Mind 2.0 vertical altitude), one the primary differences is their relationship with and focus on culture. Let me explain. The Two Curves Whether we acknowledge them […]

A Measure of Your BEING Side: Your Relationship with Feedback

Novices vs Experts look for & listen to different forms of feedback

We have two sides to ourselves: Our DOING Side: Our knowledge, skills, talents and abilities Our BEING Side: Our character, mindsets, and psyche For most people and leaders: We are more advanced on our DOING Side than our BEING Side Almost all development efforts (across education, athletics, and organizational development) focus on the DOING Side […]

How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Leadership Development Programs

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For a journal article I am working on, I have been combing through the academic research on leadership development. You might be interested to know that given the amount of time and money organizations spend on leadership development, there is relatively little research in academia on leadership development. It is definitely seen as a concern […]

The Value and Importance of Vertical Development

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What I am going to present in this article is perhaps the clearest way to articulate (1) what vertical development is and (2) the value and importance of vertical development. To lay the foundation for these two points, we need to recognize that people have two sides to themselves. Two Sides of Ourselves We all […]

The Five Best Non-Fiction Books I Read in 2023

The Five Best Non-Fiction Books I Read in 2023

For the past several years, to close out the year, I have identified the best books that I read throughout the year. And, I always get good feedback from doing so. So, I am back at it again. By the end of 2023, I will have read/listened to 85 books. I want to share the […]

The Five Best Fiction Books I Read in 2023

The Five Best Fiction Books I Read in 2023

For the past several years, to close out the year, I have identified the best books that I read throughout the year. And, I always get good feedback from doing so. So, I am back at it again. By the end of 2023, I will have read/listened to 85 books. I want to share the […]

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