The Number One Priority of the Most Elevated Leaders

Hastings, Mulally, Nadella, and Hainer

Knowing about the concept of vertical development, I have come to learn that leaders can operate from three different levels of cognitive and emotional sophistication: Recognizing that only 8% of leaders operate at the highest level of leadership, I have been on a mission to identify: Exemplars of Mind 3.0 leaders What Mind 3.0 leaders […]

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) – […]

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 […]

The Four Most Common Differences Between Mind 2.0 Leaders and Mind 3.0 Leaders

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If you are unfamiliar with my material, I pull from adult development research, which has found that: Adults can develop in adulthood There are three different adult developmental stages (I call them Mind 1.0, Mind 2.0, & Mind 3.0). The higher the stage, the more effective one operates Most adults (64%) never develop in adulthood […]

Leader: You Think You Are Right, But You Are Probably Not as Right as You Think

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There was a study of crew coaches (the rowing sport you have probably seen in the Olympics) that confirms several fundamental premises of vertical development: A leader’s vertical altitude dictates what they focus on and prioritize What feels right at one vertical altitude will feel wrong when we operate at a different vertical altitude Specifically, […]

Most Common Executive Struggles – Part 3


Research on vertical development has found that people can operate with different internal operating systems that vary in their cognitive and emotional sophistication.

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