Author Archives: Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth & Steadman Harrison III

About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth & Steadman Harrison III

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Steadman Harrison III is CEO of Go Innovation and Senior Associate in Africa for the Center for Creative Leadership.

About Road Trip™

We are excited to announce the new Road Trip ™ game! The challenge in the game is for 4-6 players to discover the outcomes of leadership by working together to solve the maze. Purchase Road Trip™ $49 (beta)  In this … READ MORE

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Visual Explorer in Jaffa, Israel

From Steadman Harrison III: I love it when Visual Explorer looks really unique and powerful in special settings. The first program we ever delivered in Israel our host rented a museum. On the top of a building in Jaffa, the little … READ MORE

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Put Something in the Middle of Difficult Conversations

Jan Jaffe and her colleagues at the Giving Practice have an excellent new DIY guide for Philanthropy’s Reflective Practices. Download it for free here. A short introduction on the Guide, and reflective practice for philanthropy is here. How do skilled philanthropy … READ MORE

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Helping Leaders When Their Perspective Needs to Shift

This article by David Hudnut and Adam Pearson is a repost from Training Industry. Leaders in this situation have greatly expanded their capacity to handle complexity and ambiguity. Leaders sometimes face challenges that, with their current thinking, they find insurmountable. The problem … READ MORE

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Polarity Thinking and Visual Explorer

This note comes to us from Peter Dupree of Polarity Partnerships. Thanks Peter! This is from Doha, Qatar, using a Polarity Map with Visual Explorer on Continuity & Transformation. Excellent “sense making” with multi-cultural group! I have done something similar … READ MORE

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Webinar announcement: Kara Laverde from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on vertical leadership development

Please join us in our ongoing exploration of Relational Leadership through a variety of lenses, as part of the CONNECTED Community hosted by the Center for Creative Leadership, Global Research & Evaluation. Contact Chuck Palus for more information. Sign up here if … READ MORE

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From Here To There (FHT): A Leadership Essential

More on the FHT Model here. 

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Social Identity: A Leadership Essential

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Our second most important asset at CCL Ethiopia

A heartwarming note below from Aaron White, one of the founders of our office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Aaron calls the Leadership Explorer tools “our second most important asset at CCL Ethiopia.” (See the photo at the bottom for the … READ MORE

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The Pragmatic Impact on Leaders & Organizations Of Interventions Based in the Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry Approach

Check out this great new review of the field of vertical leadership development, specifically the impact of Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry (CDAI) by William R. (Bill) Torbert. A brief taste is shown below. Access the complete article in Integral Leadership Review … READ MORE

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About Leadership Culture in a Box

COMING SOON What is Leadership Culture in a Box™? Leadership Culture in a Box  is a way to engage your organization in the self-development of your own culture. What is your culture now? How can you change, improve and develop … READ MORE

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Protected: Transformations Self-Estimate Guide v3

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Brief tutorial videos by Bill Torbert on action inquiry

Bill Torbert & his associates wrote the book on action inquiry, and you can read it here. And you can start here with these very brief, informative videos that together frame vertical development and its main vehicle, action inquiry.  

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Visual Explorer Special Edition: Coloring Book

Why a coloring book? This format encourages individuals to slow down, reflect, and actively interpret what they see in the lines and spaces that make up the rendering. The coloring book is a tool for mindfulness, relaxation, creativity, self-reflection, and … READ MORE

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The Diversity Graphic Novel

This graphic novel  –  The Born Identity: How Perspectives Shape Our Views  –  illustrates how the same event can seem very different to different people. HR Manager Sasha learns about several diversity challenges at work through various conversations with her coworkers. … READ MORE

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Vertical Development: CCL Shanghai 2017 Leadership Forum (VIDEO)

This is my keynote on Vertical Leadership Development, at the 2017 Leadership Forum presented by The Center for Creative Leadership, Greater China 创新领导力中心(大中华区) Video, slides, and a bibliography follow.

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About vertical leadership development

Vertical leadership development is a way to develop individuals and collectives toward more mature and sufficiently complex ways of facing and solving complex challenges. This vertical approach is essential to the theory and practice of leadership development. What is vertical … READ MORE

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Sustainable Outcomes for Youth (VIDEO)

Check out this introductory video on Sustainable Outcomes for Youth, a project recently launched by CCL in partnership with CRS Uganda funded by USAID.  Yonas Tegene (CCL Human Resources Director) is our wonderful host. Notice the use of novel tools including … READ MORE

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Visual Explorer Special Edition: Coloring Book Introductory Webinar (VIDEO)

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Future Trends Introductory Webinar (VIDEO)

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Values Explorer Introductory Webinar (VIDEO)

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Leading From Within

Thanks to my CCL colleague Bert DeCoutere (IP and Innovation Lead at Center for Creative Leadership) for this description of his new experiential design for Leading From Within. We worked with the central question: How can I continuously evolve into the leader … READ MORE

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Transformations at CARE Ethiopia

This story comes to us by way of Kuku Mesfin, CCL Deputy Regional Director, East Africa. Notice the use of the Transformations cards in Life Journey collage format (which we call “From Here to There.” Thanks Kuku, Rahel, and Rakeb!

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Emotions Explorer in action

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Wisdom Explorer in action

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Visual Explorer in action

Here are a few recent photos of Visual Explorer in action. These remind me that Visual Explorer is often a kind of performance art. Seekers of meaning interact with the gallery laid out on the floor or on tables. The … READ MORE

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Change Preferences: A Leadership Essential

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SBI Feedback: A Leadership Essential

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Boundary Explorer Introduction (VIDEO)

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Wisdom Explorer Introduction

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Transformations Introduction (VIDEO)

Webex session links and slides are below: Streaming recording link Download recording link Below is a tutorial on vertical leadership development, the basis of Transformations. This is a keynote delivered to the 2017 Leadership Forum in Shanghai, Center for Creative … READ MORE

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Leadership Essentials Introduction (VIDEO)

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Feedback That Works Introduction (VIDEO)

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Emotions Explorer Introduction (VIDEO)

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Experience Explorer Introduction (VIDEO)

Tutorial pdf and video below. Hosted by HRDQ-U Chandrasekar, A. & Wilson, M. (Nov 2016). 60-minute webinar hosted by HRDQ-U to 130-150 attendees on the use of the Experience Explorer card deck.

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Collaboration Explorer Introduction (VIDEO)

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Leadership Metaphor Explorer Introduction (VIDEO)

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Directing “Me” as an Ensemble of Characters

Thanks to Valerie Livesay Ph.D., faculty member at National University, for this dynamic technique for self-development called Ensemble of Characters. This method is a creation of Valerie and her colleagues Fredrick Jones, Ed.D. and Michael Berger, M.A. Contact Valerie at vlivesay(at)sandiego.edu for more … READ MORE

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Transformations in a Ed.D. Program at Stockton University

I am pleased to share this wonderful, detailed report from Professor George Sharp about using the Transformations decks in the doctoral program in Organizational Leadership. I received very positive feedback from a number of graduate students about the use of … READ MORE

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Transformations in Singapore

Our Coaching Community of Practice in Singapore was celebrating their one year anniversary one evening recently and wanted something both fun and serious to engage 20+ of their members and their families. They used the Transformation tool to reflect on … READ MORE

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Forward to the Transformations User’s Guide

By Bill Torbert FORWARD Welcome to TRANSFORMATIONS!   The Transformations Card Deck makes a major and wonderful contribution to our tools for communicating the liberating potential of adult development theory and the practice of Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry (CDAI) to … READ MORE

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Vertical leadership development for a complex world

Horizontal development is about adding more knowledge, skills, and competencies. It’s about what you think. Vertical development is about the ability to think and act in more complex ways. It’s about how you think. It’s about maturity, and  growing “up” and increasing … READ MORE

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Transformations in Zambia

Steadman Harrison says … Greetings from Zambia! Led a session today on Vertical Development with MSI and will conclude our week looking at Transformations (the new tool with life logic cards and catalyst cards). 10 countries represented here and all thoroughly … READ MORE

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Transformations in Rwanda

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Leadership Explorer tools in Leadership at the Peak

Here’s a story of Wisdom Explorer in combination with Visual and Metaphor Explorers, from our colleague Dave Altman. Dave is an early adopter and shaper of the Leadership Explorer™ tool series. Dave is COO at the Center for Creative Leadership. … READ MORE

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Leadership, Learning, Life

Leadership, Learning, and Life are the three facets of who we are as individuals, as we learn and grow, work and play, take on leadership responsibilities, and live a full life with others. Each Wisdom Explorer™ quote has been selected to … READ MORE

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Transformations for promoting agility in an executive team

Our CCL faculty colleague David Hudnut just used Transformations for the first time and sends this report. Check out his article in Strategy+Business on vertical development here. Thanks David! I did a team coaching day with an executive team that … READ MORE

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Introductory webinars for Explorers and Essentials

CCL Labs Webinar Tutorial Series Archive Conversations for Creative Leadership *** Leadership Metaphor Explorer Webex session links and slides are below: Streaming recording link Download recording link Collaboration Explorer Webex session links and slides are below: Streaming recording link Download … READ MORE

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Appreciating the system

Thanks to Bruce Flye for this report from the field!  What we were doing in this NCMS Institute on Leadership and Management in Healthcare: A Soft Systems Analysis of situations they brought in. Halfway through all the diagramming, I invited … READ MORE

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Transitioning to the Third Act

Check out the great work of Nick Owen and Edward Kelly in the Third Act Conferences and Retreats! Friday January 20th (1800) – Sunday January 22nd (1530), 2017 The Third Act Retreat: Transitioning to the Third Act Facilitators: Dr Edward Kelly, Nick Owen … READ MORE

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