Deep Dive and Certification Programme

Vertical Leadership Development, Action Inquiry & the Global Leadership Certification Programme

This enhanced programme is ideal for business leaders, consultants, coaches, researchers and sustainability practitioners who wish to further their personal development and take a deep dive into Vertical Development. The programme also acts as Stage 1 of certifying in using the GLP in your own work.

During the Programme, we will explore a) Action-logicsthe developmental paradigms through which we think and act and b) the power and practice of Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry—the only approach statistically confirmed as reliably generating both personal and organisational transformation.

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We’re delighted to confirm Programme dates for our 2024 calendar

Please email Alison to register your interest for our programme. We look forward to welcoming you!

2024 – Virtual Programme Dates

Sessions are 2.5 hours long, except for sessions 5 & 6, which are 1.5 hours long

US/Europe: 27, 29 February and 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 March 2024 (16:00 UK start / 11:00 or 12:00 ET) Click to book here

APAC/Europe: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 June and 2 July 2024 (08:00 UK start/ 17:00 AEST)

US/Europe: 17, 19, 24, 26 September and 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 October 2024 (16:00 UK start / 11:00 ET / 08:00 PT)

Register your interest with Alison here or click to book Feb/March 2024 here

Offered by Elaine Herdman-Barker, Richard Izard and Professor Bill Torbert alongside a facilitation team of our senior associates and members of our international coaching bench, this programme comprehensively blends the what, why and how of transformational leadership development.

Part of the Workshop experience includes taking the GLP and receiving a one to one debrief with one of our Senior Associates. In addition to the highly interactive, core Workshop sessions, on-going inquiry is supported through Inquiry Lab sessions with members of our international coaching bench, a pre-course welcome meet and post-Workshop check in. Delegates will also have the opportunity to map out their own developmental journey through our new online Transformations Cards deck.

About the GLP

The GLP and its companion report, help us understand our current frameworks of thinking (action-logics). We are then able to make better sense of ourselves, others, and the contexts/systems around us. It helps us question our current mindsets and paradigms and begin to shift them if appropriate. The reports offer coaches a rich resource to draw from that can lead to many powerful coaching inquiries and explorations. By measuring and analysing action-logics we are able to see more clearly the subtle dynamics at work within leaders, teams and organisations. Working on these can lead to deep transformations.

Over 50 years of research and real-world engagement points to the GLP instrument and GLA’s Action Inquiry approach being world leading; impacting both individual and organisational transformations.

Bringing it all to life

At our workshops you will never be passively hearing somebody telling you how to do it right. Rather, you will be exercising active leadership, moving among peers in a community of inquiry, receiving direct feedback about your leadership impact, and collaboratively learning practical ways to:

Assess your current leadership action-logic

Assess your current leadership action-logic: your center-of-gravity, emergent, and fallback perspectives that guide your actions

Become conscious of and shift limiting habits

Become conscious of and shift some of the behavioural mental, and emotional habits that are currently limiting your effectiveness

Exercise your power

Exercise your power with greater flexibility in order to generate personal and organizational transformation

Develop collaborative practices

Develop collaborative practices that increase mindful, relational, and cultural intelligence in the wider organization

Build your capacity

Build your capacity to lead from the inside out

Participants on these programmes are international and come from all walks of life: commerce, manufacturing, financial services, information services, IT, consulting, academia and general education, and public services. This is what some of them have said …

The Action Inquiry & Global Leadership Profile Virtual Programme was excellently organized, with a strong energy and engagement flowing through the group for the whole week. The collaborative way of working enabled deeper discovery into the stages of adult developmental maturity, and I gained an intimacy of realization about each stage, along with the capability to administer and debrief the GLP instrument with clients.

Paul O’Donovan Rossa

Executive Coach

It is clear from taking the GLP Certification Workshop how Elaine and her team have been listening and taking action at the leading edge of human development for several decades now. The way they have translated their work into a
meaningful, disciplined framework for leadership development and organisational transformation is staggering in its
implications, elegant in its simplicity, and humbling in what it represents: a beacon of light in the midst of a complex world
filled with shadows. Prosaics aside, the GLP also has a “role up your sleeves and get boots on the ground” kind of pragmatism about it.

Christopher Chang-Duffet,

Executive Director, Humaxis, Inc.

I attended both the recent London accreditation Workshop and also the Advanced Practitioner Programme, which invites you to take a deeper dive and answers the ‘what next’ question, developing a wider community of practise and inquiry. The space was creative and inviting in anticipation for learning, exploration and living the theory. I was joined by a group of  wonderful, like-minded people who were happy to share their rich experiences, both professionally and personally. Elaine in particular is a wonderful facilitator – She manages to create a perfect balance between academic rigour and skilful use of art, metaphor and story-telling for making complex concepts not only accessible, but also much easier to integrate by the audience.

Alis Anagnostakis,

Consultant and Executive Coach

It was an outstanding programme, it really stretched my thinking which was exactly what I wanted. I left with both a sore head and what feels like a much bigger perspective. Thanks!

Nick Petrie

Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership