What Is the Value of Leadership Coaching?

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 leaders.   Key Takeaways: Effective leaders increase the probability of achieving better business performance by 38 percent Leadership coaching costs are influenced by the type of…

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How Do We Grow Vertically?

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 move forward through the seven stages of vertical development, finding and working through our limitations to expand our thinking Often unplanned life experiences push us…

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Can You Skip Steps in Vertical Development?

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 the line: We can’t skip vertical development stages – think of the framework like tree rings, where the outer rings can’t exist without the inner…

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Why Vertical Development Is the Antidote to VUCA

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, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity and helps us understand our modern world Vertical development is a requirement for leaders because how they think becomes more important…

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Seeing and Working With Limiting Mindsets and Behaviors

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 mindsets by focusing on beliefs and emotions, in addition to behaviors Three ways to address limiting beliefs: Unmaking and remaking beliefs Recognizing that a belief…

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The Strategist and the Alchemist: Advanced Vertical Development

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 in the Redefining stage and have a fuller view of themselves.  They can take on multiple perspectives and prioritize them.  The Strategist stage is most…

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Redefining: The Stage That Turns Everything on Its Head

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 and beliefs, and finding solutions that work better for us and match our values  Advantages of this stage include appreciating other perspectives, questioning systems that…

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The Achiever: Working Hard or Hardly Living?

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 improving outcomes Qualities of Achievers include their collaboration skills, drive, and outcome-driven perspective Limitations of Achievers include getting burned out quickly, being emotionally unavailable, and…

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What Does It Really Mean to Be an Expert?

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 limitations. Key Takeaways An Expert is the master of one specific area, and 40% of adults reside in this stage They’re really good in their…

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