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You Don’t Bring Just Your Head to Work

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⦁ Consider how relationships drain and energize you. This can be done with a simple energy audit of your day and week–checking in several times throughout the day to assess and assign a value as to level of energy you experience depending the quality of relationship. Consider what communication or conversation might be needed to shift the impact of the relationship on your energy level.

⦁ Ask yourself why you do what you do. Identify the 1-3 core values that undergird your investment of time, energy, and good will and check to see how much of what you do every day is a healthy channel for those core values.

Check out The Coaching Companion by Carylynn  Larson and Daniel Sheres for concrete suggestions for putting coaching ideas into real life practice.

Explore the edges of your sense making. The Growth Edge Network  and work of Jennifer Garvey-Berger and her Cultivating Leadership colleagues (Changing on the Job, Simple Habits for Complex Times) offer workshops on how to use inquiry to explore and push up against the edges of structure of interpretation.

Consider taking the Maturity Assessment Profile or one of the other assessments linked with Vertical Development. Don’t know about these?

None of this is easy. Research conducted by Bill Torbert and Susanne Cook-Greuter suggest a 3-5 year journey to shift one stage vertically. There is however some recent evidence that meditative practices, targeted vertical developmental efforts that include “heat” (life changing, and mind blowing) experiences and support for “safe to fail,” trial and error experiments can, if not accelerate, support and enable shifts in who and how we are that lead to transformation and vertical growth.



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