Doing The Work of Vertical Development

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In this video, The Four Benchmarks to Gauge the Vertical Altitude of Leaders and Executives, I discuss: How I have coached over 200 leaders to help them vertically development, and Roughly 80% of them never “do the work” of vertical development At a high level, my coaching process involves: Helping leaders understand what vertical development […]

To What Degree Do You Know Your Ego Driver?

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In my last article, “We Each Have an Ego Driver,” I suggested: We each have an Ego Driver connected to our quick-thinking brain that is prone to direct our thinking and behaviors For most people, our Ego Driver operates below the level of our consciousness (most people don’t know they have an Ego Driver and […]

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 […]

How to Get Leaders from Point A to Point B

To me, the first and most primary lesson of leadership is: To be an effective leader, we have to become someone others want to follow. Unfortunately, no leader or person is perfect. We all have room to become more of someone that others want to follow. Consider where you currently are or where the leaders […]

Blind Spots: The Obstacles to Our Vertical Development

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I am hired by organizations to help their leaders and executives go from operating at one level to operating at a higher level. One of the biggest challenges that I face is that leaders or executives can see the value of operating at their current level and are quite ignorant about what it might look […]

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: […]