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Horizontal development can happen without vertical development, but vertical development can’t happen without horizontal development.
When I talk about vertical development, I’m really talking about both horizontal and vertical.
It happens when we reflectively apply our knowledge in the real world. Three things help people develop vertically faster and better (optimally):
These activities and conditions are essential supports for vertical development, but they work best when the learner knows where to start! To identify a growth edge, we need a reliable measure of vertical development.
Measuring vertical development
This makes it possible to tailor coaching or training to meet the specific learning needs of each individual.
Lectical Assessments make it possible to go one step further, it can be used to match people to roles by determining both the thinking complexity of individuals AND the complexity of workplace roles.
Now that you understand the relationship between horizontal and vertical development, you might be wondering ‘where do I start?’
Here are 3 ways to get started integrating vertical development into your organisation’s learning and development programs: