The Most Important Thing You Need to Do to Upgrade Your BEING

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We have two sides of ourselves: Our DOING Side – Our ability to do things (i.e., our level of talent, knowledge, skills, and abilities) Our BEING Side – Our ability to process and navigate the challenges of our life and world (i.e., the degree to which our internal operating system is wired for value creation […]

What is the Quality of Your BEING Side?

I have been writing and talking a lot about the fact that we have two sides of ourselves: Our DOING Side (which represents the level of our talent, knowledge, skills, and abilities) Our BEING Side Here are some recent articles on this topic: You Have a DOING Side AND a BEING Side A Measure of […]

Understanding What Your Ego Is Can Help You Rise Above It

When the ego dies, the soul awakes.

I feel like ego is talked about a lot. Here are some quotes about our ego: I don’t know about you, but I feel like 10 different people can talk about our ego, and they all seem to define it or think about it differently. In other words, I am not sure I have had […]

Getting In Touch with the Quality and Altitude of Your BEING Side

We have two different sides to ourselves. Our DOING Side We have a DOING Side, which represents our level of talent, knowledge, skills, and abilities. This represents how many apps you have downloaded on your computer. The more specialized your apps, the better you will be at accomplishing specific tasks. Most people are quite “in […]

How Mind 3.0 Leaders Actualize Transformational Change

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There are three modern business leaders that I have studied that: Are great examples of being Mind 3.0 (i.e., highly vertically developed) leaders that… Have actualized transformational change in the organizations they led. These leaders are: Alan Mulally (Ford) – see American Icon Ed Catmull (Disney Animation) – see Creativity, Inc. Satya Nadella (Microsoft) – […]

What Sets Apart Great People from Good People


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 to Help a Lower-Functioning Leader Become a Higher-Functioning Leader

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It’s a fact, some leaders operate at a higher level than other leaders. From my experience as a leadership scholar and consultant, I have found that we can evaluate leaders along following continuums to be able to distinguish the degree to which they are lower-functioning or higher-functioning: Lower-Functioning Leaders Higher-Functioning Leaders Possess a low degree […]

What is Character? And How Do Leaders Develop It?

Last week, I presented an idea that we have two sides of ourselves: a DOING Side and a BEING Side. The DOING Side represents our talent, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The higher we are on the DOING Side, the more capable we will be at performing specific tasks that are aligned with our talents, knowledge, […]

The Connection Between Leadership, ADHD, and Vertical Development

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If you haven’t followed my writings, here are some key things to understand: We have an internal operating system that dictates nearly all of our perceiving, thinking, and operation. Vertical development is a form of development that focuses on upgrading our internal operating system. The quality of our leadership is dictated by the quality and […]

Are You Truly Self-Aware?

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In her TEDx Talk, Tasha Eurich reports that 95% of people think they are self-aware, yet only 10-15% are actually self-aware. That is such a huge disconnect! How can we explain that? It has not been until recently that I feel like I can clearly articulate why so many people are not nearly as self-aware […]

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