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You Don’t Bring Just Your Head to Work

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Ah, if only we did! A quick read of the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and you would know how to fix your team’s impasse. Eighteen minutes with Simon Sinek’s TED talk and your team would be on board with the organization’s purpose. Hand out the article on Kotter’s 8 Step Change Model, and you’d be on your way to navigating that impending merger.

Vertical Development illustrates the way that growth hinges on our sense making.  Sense making itself, however, is intimately connected with how we feel, relate, carry and care for ourselves physically, how we connect with the unknown, and how we are influenced by our cultural, historic, and systemic conditions.

Take self-awareness for example: Strongly linked with both leadership success and business results, self- awareness plays a central role in executive development. We coaches often talk with our clients about what they notice in themselves, what they are aware of in their conversations with others and how they think about what they do. This self-awareness happens in conversation, through language and discussion of thoughts about what they do, why they do it, and what might come next.

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