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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Why Vertical Development Is the Antidote to VUCA

December 7, 2022

VUCA helps us define how complex our modern world has become. Vertical development allows leaders to deal with the ongoing complexity crisis. Key Takeaways: The term VUCA stands for volatility,…

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Seeing and Working With Limiting Mindsets and Behaviors

November 23, 2022

Limiting beliefs can get in the way of desired results and outcomes. Here’s how to see them, understand them, and address them. Key Takeaways: It is possible to change limiting…

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The Strategist and the Alchemist: Advanced Vertical Development

November 9, 2022

The sixth and seventh stages of vertical development are when leaders can expand their capacity and handle a complex world.  Key Takeaways: Strategists are on more solid ground than those…

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Redefining: The Stage That Turns Everything on Its Head

October 19, 2022

The fifth stage of vertical development is where people move from conventional to post-conventional thinking, questioning just about everything. Key Takeaways: The Redefining stage is all about self-questioning, upending tradition…

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The Achiever: Working Hard or Hardly Living?

October 5, 2022

Stage four of vertical development, the Achiever, is defined by productivity, controlling outcomes, and burnout. Key Takeaways: Achievers identify with the Western culture ideal of working hard, being productive, and…

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What Does It Really Mean to Be an Expert?

September 21, 2022

The third stage of vertical development, the Expert, focuses on perfecting skills and being really good in their domain. These are key players for many organizations but face their own…

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A Guide to the Early Stages of Vertical Development

September 7, 2022

Learn the characteristics, advantages and limitations of the two earliest vertical development stages – Opportunist and Conformer – and how they fit into the workplace. Key Takeaways Opportunists are self-focused…

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What Are the 7 Stages of Vertical Development?

August 24, 2022

Vertical development recognizes 7 stages of personal growth that help leaders mentally and emotionally prepare to guide organizations and themselves through an ever more complex world  Key Takeaways: The 7…

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