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 […]

Want to Transform Yourself: Focus on Your Internal Operating System

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Can you answer the following questions: Do people have an internal operating system (IOS)? Do you have a sense of what our internal operating system is? Do you think that the quality and sophistication of people’s internal operating systems differ? How can you tell? What are the signs that indicate this? In this article, I […]

September Promotion: 3 Workshops for the Price of 2

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I am excited to announce the release of the new and upgraded version of my Personal Mindset Assessment. If you haven’t taken my mindset assessment, now is the time to awaken to the quality of your mindsets. If you have taken my mindset assessment before, check it out to experience the better functionality. Either way, […]

My Challenge to You: Doubt Your Simplicity

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I am currently writing a paper for a practitioner journal called Business Horizons with this as a core message: In order to effectively navigate increasing complexity, we need to increasingly become complex leaders Basic Premise of This Core Message The basic premise of this core message is that there are some people who have an […]

How Knowing about ADHD Helps Us Understand the Value of Vertical Development

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Recently, my daughter was diagnosed as having ADHD-I. As my wife and I have been learning about ADHD-I, my wife has been wondering whether she has ADHD-I. In my research, I have found that ADHD-I commonly goes undiagnosed, and this is particularly the case for adult women. ADHD-I is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-inattentive. It is one of […]

We Each Have an Ego Driver

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Through my learning about vertical development and my own vertical development journey, I have come to see, learn, and appreciate that everyone has an “Ego Driver,” sometimes referred to as our “shadow self.” In this article, I want to share some things that I have learned about our Ego Driver. In the next article, I […]

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 […]