Coaching Vertically

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Progress requires that we fully evolve into or integrate in one stage before we can transcend to the next. It is as important to develop fully in a particular stage as it is to transform into the next. Vertical Development involves both maturing in a particular stage and transitioning on to the next.

Colleagues Nick Petrie and Digby Scott suggest three key elements to support Vertial Development:

Heat experiences, or experiences that are risky, scary, and push/ invite us outside our comfort zones,

Colliding perspectives or taking on views different from our usual,

Frameworks for understanding levels of sense making, such as the Adult Development model mentioned in article #2.

I’ll offer a fourth…

The courage, will, grace, or dumb luck that enables us to be changed by our experience.

Experience is happening all the time. How often do we let it change us, our perspectives, our sense of ourselves… and of our clients?

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  1. Rey Carr

    March 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This article seems like it could be four articles. I say that because I’m not sure how the four parts fit together. First, there’s the importance of a coach being self-aware. Then, there’s a great story about a possible mismatch between the coach’s understanding and the client’s passion. But is the story over? I think I wanted to learn more.

    Next, there are the parts about an assessment instrument. This might tie in with the first part, but there’s no lead in as to why this particular instrument is of greater value than others. I was left with the feeling of being in a sales meeting about this instrument. On the other hand, I did learn about an instrument I didn’t know about and how it could be used. This was definitely a benefit.


  2. Jan Rybeck

    April 7, 2016 at 11:56 am

    this is indeed just one part of a 4 part series on vertical development and coaching. its the dessert to the meal, the other 3 come before it so i suggest starting with Case for Maturity to understanding the framework and the Map and Territory, the second article to learn even more.
    there are actually several instruments that track with vertical development frameworks, they are mentioned at the end of the Coaching Vertically article. And thank you for your comment, it highlights to need to present these in sequence :)
    happy to discuss more if you are interested..


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