5. Vertical Challenges vs Technical Problems

In Episode 5 we explore the unique differences between Vertical Challenges and Horizontal Problems.


Vertical challenges aren't the typical challenges you face with ready-made solutions and reliable interventions. These challenges are complex and usually chronic. Often there aren’t even solutions at all, only tools to navigate the situation and increase an organization’s ability to learn. Complexity is growing everywhere, and learning to differentiate between vertical challenges and horizontal problems is essential for leaders to rightly view the issues they are facing.

 Resources in this episode

Whitepaper – Vertical Development, Part I – Nick Petrie

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World – Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky

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