Elevating Your Dynamism as a Leader: An Instrument Analogy

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One of the biggest challenges facing leaders right now is that over the last several years, complexity and tumultuousness have skyrocketed, exceeding leaders’ development and their own complexity and ability to navigate the tumultuous environment they are facing. I call this “The Leadership Deficit.” And, every organization that I have worked with a struggling with […]

The Breadth and Depth of Vertical Development Efforts and Activities

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Over the last two weeks, I have been asked one question at least three times. This question has followed my disclosure that I have been working with a therapist for two years as a part of my vertical development efforts. The question is, “How do you take someone from zero (almost a skepticism of therapy […]

The Four Practices Necessary for Vertical Development

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What is Vertical Development? Vertical development is the process of upgrading our own internal operating system so that we operate in more cognitively and emotionally sophisticated ways. It is the process by which we become better. Vertical development is necessary for the improvement of the following characteristics, which I believe we should all aspire to: […]

Assessing and Elevating the Sophistication of Your Leadership Team

Investigating the Sophistication of Your Executive Team

In my experience of working with dozens of leadership teams, I have observed the following: Every leadership team operates at a different level of sophistication ranging from low to high Most (if not all) leadership teams believe that they are more sophisticated than they really are An organization’s growth and success are largely determined by […]

The Five Best Business/Leadership Books I Read in 2022

The Five Best Business Leadership Books I Read in 2022

I have always loved reading because I have felt it make me a better person. I find that reading broadens my horizon, deepens my insights, and exposes me to unique perspectives that differ from my own experience. In fact, as I have come to study vertical development and vertical developed people/leaders, I have come to […]

The Five Best Non-Fiction Books I Read in 2022

The Five Best Non-Fiction Books I Read in 2022

I have always loved reading because I have felt it makes me a better person. I find that reading broadens my horizon, deepens my insights, and exposes me to unique perspectives that differ from my own experience. In fact, as I have come to study vertical development and vertical developed people/leaders, I have come to […]

The Five Best Fiction Books I Read in 2022

The Five Best Fiction Books I Read in 2022

I have always loved reading because I have felt it makes me a better person. I find that reading broadens my horizon, deepens my insights, and exposes me to unique perspectives that differ from my own experience. In fact, as I have come to study vertical development and vertical developed people/leaders, I have come to […]