The Cogni Leaders Programme

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.

Our Value-Add


Using the CDT approach to cognitive development, we can determine your high achievers, those who would be on the righthand side of the bell curve of achievement in their role, and deconstruct how they think in order to Real-Time Model them.

Once we know how they construct their thinking, we can offer this as a path to development for up-and-coming managers or leaders.

Team Development

A new phrase being pioneered by Jan De Visch is “collaborative intelligence”. This is where we take the collective Dynamic Intelligence of your most successful team, deconstruct it to its component parts (group Thinking Styles) and demonstrate ways of increasing their DI with specific interventions for a qualitatively greater impact on decision-making.

Awareness is Key

Managers assume they can think. They also assume that logic will get them to where they need to be. Studies, including my own show this simply is not the case. We are aware to a certain degree, and sometimes we’re aware of our awareness, however, we often lack the capacity to think beyond our habituated patterns.

We need a More Complex Other to point out our patterns and disrupt our habituated thinking. This is where CogniLibro can facilitate your team development expertly.

Deconstruct / Reconstruct

In order to grow, we must first disrupt how we think right now. This is not that easy. Growth can be a jolting process of disruption. However, the end result is very worth it!

Let’s look at how your thinking maps to the TQ and then focus on vertical movement going forward. This is our most valuable value-add!

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Leader development is an often-misunderstood activity. This new approach helps in all manner of ways.