Vertical Developmental is about cognitive growth measured before and after the growth program. Download the brochure here. Stevens Development has created this programme from an original exercise by Dr Otto Laske (2008) in order to walk participants through a route to Vertical Development. It gives an idea of not only what, but how one grows in their thinking within a business/managerial context. True development is about transforming the operating system itself, not just increasing your fund of knowledge or your behavioural repertoire.
The premise behind the programme is that your leadership team or high level managers are exposed to three different types of thinking, three ways of looking at a specific problem from three distinct levels of Complexity.
We spend six days differentiating content from structure, and between meaning and performance, as it’s not about competence but capability.
If you normally resolve issues by only taking into account the content, you will go round in circles and not actually resolve the problem: you will only address the symptoms.
You need to look at structure. So by the end of day one, you will be able to differentiate between horizontal and vertical development, and recognise the importance of the Levels of Adult Development. We look at the aspects of thinking that determine a result at three different levels of complexity, whilst at the same time scaffolding the growth of the participants to see the actual increase in complexity, so they “get it”. We look at language, beliefs. hidden patterns of behaviour, and our world view in order to develop higher order solutions to the problem your management team has brought with them.