This certified 5-month Vertical Leadership Development course was designed for busy, high-impact leaders. During the course, you will be challenged in a series of dynamic and intentionally sequenced learning environments alongside a hyper-diverse cohort. The DSIL Course guides you to continue to cultivate the future skills and mindsets needed to lead in an ever-evolving and complex world.
What is Vertical Leadership Development?
Vertical Leadership Development refers to the intentional advancement of a person's thinking capability. The outcome is to think in more complex, systemic, strategic, and interdependent ways. The combination of experiential exposure to learning about unfamiliar communities, problems, and perspectives, plus the repetitive practice of skills, solidifies and strengthens your unique leadership style. Read more here.
The DSIL Course employs the three criteria for vertical development (below) in tandem with the latest emerging innovation processes and practices, alongside organizations practicing them.
The What - In a heat experience, you face complex situations that disrupt your habitual way of thinking. During the process, you discover that the current way of making sense of the world is inadequate. During the course, facilitators assist you in searching for new and better ways to make sense of your specific challenges.
The Who - Colliding perspectives means exposure to people with different worldviews, opinions, backgrounds and experiences. These differences will increase the number of lenses through which you are able to see the world.
The How - Elevated sensemaking involves reflecting and evaluating your learning with others around you. At this stage, we provide facilitation to help you integrate and make sense of perspectives and experiences you've observed and a clear way to implement them going forward. From this, a larger, more advanced worldview emerges and solidifies with time.
2018 Innovation Theme: The Design Thinking Process
A well-defined, robust, and rapid problem-solving method.
The Design Thinking method is an iterative process that allows for deeper and wider understanding of complex challenges and solution building for them.
Ideal for any innovator, Design Thinking is a tool that has helped facilitate the creation of user-focused solutions in organizations like Google, IBM, Clorox, Nike, UNICEF, and World Vision.
At the DSIL Course, you'll actively learn and embody the design thinking process and the mindsets they require through engaging in design sprints with community groups, companies and provocative enterprises in Southeast Asia.
The DSIL Course Sequence
Slide through the 5 components intentionally placed to ensure practical learning and relationships as you go.
9 day Immersion
Expand your Network
The DSIL Course taught me much more than d.thinking. It taught me how to become a more resilient and vulnerable leader and to re-connect with my dreams for this crazy and beautiful planet. "
- Hanna Ruddies, Global Growth and Acceleration Lead, Impact Hub
"One of the things I find so amazing about my participation in DSIL was the degree to which I have been able to take the learning and relationships and immediately apply them within my teaching and my private executive education/coaching/consulting work. The depth of the learning and collaboration I know engage in has increased significantly. I've been to MANY trainings in my career, and rarely (if ever) have I found a course so impactful and immediately useful. DSIL has been an excellent investment for me with returns in knowledge, skills and important relationships."
- Dr. Art Sherwood, Director, IDEA Institute