What is Vertical Development?

There are three main theoretical foundations for vertical development:

  1. An expanding mind from the self-authoring to the self-transforming mind that expands our capacity to see interweaving patterns so we can intervene more effectively to purposefully evolve inter-systemic complex adaptive systems. This is commonly called Adult Development based on the research of Kegan, Commons and Dawson, and applied by Jennifer Garvey-Berger.
  2. An expanding consciousness that embraces the heart, mind and spirit arising from Ego Development is based on the research of Loevinger, Cook-Greuter and...
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A Caveat on Vertical Assessments

vertical development May 07, 2020

Three conversations with advanced later stage leaders in the last few weeks have alerted me to a caveat on vertical assessments:

Just because we’re assessed at a later stage e.g. Synergist, Constructivist or Alchemist (see table below to correlate these stages across various practitioners), it doesn’t always mean we’re demonstrating leadership capacity at that stage. There’s a difference between what and how we’re thinking, projected and assessed in the sentence completion vertical assessment, and why and how we’re actually expressing ourselves in...

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10 Reasons to Evolve to SYNERGIST

  1. To realise your potential – it’s latent, it’s there, it’s ready … from acorn to oak tree ...
  2. Vertical development is natural, organic, it’s just that it’s been inhibited by old ways.
  3. There’s more to life than more of the same – it’s time to change how we live.
  4. It's urgent ... there is so much havoc in the world that to thrive we must evolve.
  5. Synergist leaders enable cohesion and connectedness even with remote working.
  6. To lead a more purposeful life and make a bigger difference for having lived.
  7. To lead a more fulfilling life...
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StageSHIFT Coaching is 4 times more effective in 10% of time invested

StageSHIFT Coaching in Vertical Development to later uncommon stages is 4 times more effective than most 20-Day Leadership Programs with just 10% of the time investment.

THE EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

  1. In a multiple case study of 12 strategic leaders at Achievist (high performing corporate leaders) who undertook a 12-month StageSHIFT Coaching Program numbering an average of 8*90-minute monthly coaching sessions, 80% shifted one stage in vertical development to the next stage of Catalyst, a change leader, and 20% shifted two stages to Synergist, a visionary, inspiring, transformative,...
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