Sometimes leadership lessons emerge from the strangest places.

August 28, 2023

One of the premier museums in Stockholm, Sweden is the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was a ship commissioned by the King Gustav II Adolph in 1625. It was intended to…

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Lessons in Grief

August 22, 2023

We had to put our family dog, Nana, down this summer. She was ten and had blood cancer. My older son has mild autism, and when he was young and…

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What I Did on my Summer Vacation

August 22, 2023

I checked out. I turned off my email. I went incommunicado. For two weeks. It was fabulous. It also wasn’t always this way. Sometimes clients think we coaches have got…

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An HR Manager’s Guide to Developing Leaders

April 5, 2023

Vertical development provides unique opportunities for more dynamic, interesting, and long-lasting learning and development (L&D). Key Takeaways: Focusing solely on developing competencies (horizontal development) only gets leaders so far as…

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How to Measure Vertical Development with Assessments

March 22, 2023

Maturity assessments measure where a person falls within the seven stages of the vertical development framework. Key Takeaways: Maturity assessments are used to help leaders and their coaches understand the…

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Proactively Trying to Move to the Next Stage of Adult Development: The Last Three Stages

March 17, 2023

We’re back with more about how to transition from one stage of vertical development (or adult development) to the next. Now, we’re focusing on the post-conventional phases. Post-conventional means these…

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What Is the Value of Leadership Coaching?

February 15, 2023

There is no more valuable investment for leaders and organizations than coaching. Leaders set the tone for the entire organization, and the organization can only be as good as its…

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Proactively Trying to Move to the Next Stage of Adult Development: The First Four Stages

February 1, 2023

When we’re looking for solutions to our limitations and conflicts or we realize our beliefs are no longer serving us, it may be time to challenge ourselves to purposely move…

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How Do We Grow Vertically?

January 18, 2023

Vertical development requires the right conditions and experiences, which we can find ourselves in and also create for ourselves when we want to grow. Key Takeaways: Growing vertically means we…

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Can You Skip Steps in Vertical Development?

December 21, 2022

While we can’t skip stages, we often go back to earlier stages, and sometimes we take on the state of another stage without fully embodying it. Key Takeaways: No skipping…

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