Webinar: How to Sustain Competitive Advantage with Vertical Development
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When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: Online Webinar
United States
Contact: Deja Hall

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To create truly sustainable competitive advantage, organizations must integrate vertical development into existing selection processes and skills training. Vertical development involves a focus on preparing leaders for challenges they will encounter in today’s increasingly volatile, complex, and ambiguous environment where information and situations are fluid and unpredictable.

It’s more important than ever to hire talented people and match them to the right roles. However, even the best talent in the right roles won’t produce consistent competitive advantage unless leaders continue to develop and grow. Creating a sustainable competitive advantage requires going beyond identifying the best leaders (selection) and providing ongoing training (horizontal development). Competitive advantage requires abilities to think in different ways and function within interdependent systems to meet the needs of the enterprise in a constantly changing and highly competitive global environment.

In this session we will show how to incorporate vertical development and gain competitive advantage for the organization.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Differentiate between horizontal and vertical development,
  • Understand how leadership selection combined with developing new ways of thinking and reacting can affect business outcomes, and
  • Generate ideas for vertical development that can be applied in their organizations.



Stosh D. Walsh, Leadership Solutions Facilitator - Global Markets

Two enduring passions dominate Stosh’s life: a love for people, and a relentless yearning to impact them. His peak satisfactions and accomplishments stem from the moments in which he has been able to combine these passions to serve and influence individuals and organizations in meaningful ways. In pursuit of this ideal, Stosh has pursued and attained leadership and advisory positions that have enabled him to challenge others, and be challenged by them, to take life to the next level of intimacy, commitment, engagement, and productivity. The forging of these partnerships drives his leadership and business ethic, based on his firm conviction that contributing his talents and soliciting those of others is the best way to greatness.

Stosh began his career in traditional education settings, serving as a classroom teacher for middle and high school students. After those experiences, Stosh worked in higher education, designing and teaching courses on leadership. From there, he enjoyed nearly a decade of consulting experience before joining the largest credit union in Illinois (8B in assets) to oversee their organizational development and internal communication functions. Over the course of his career, he has served others in non-profit and for-profit organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies. His experience as a coach, consultant, trainer, speaker and writer spans a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, automotive, government, retail and manufacturing. He also has experience serving and chairing non-profit boards.

Stosh is an expert in strengths-based organizational development, including executive coaching, leadership, employee engagement, talent and performance management, having spent thousands of hours with clients in each. His speaking resume includes 2 TEDx talks (Lead Like They’re Dying and #30forothers), and he is the author of "Along the Way: Leadership Stories from Everyday Life" (2012), "Five Questions You Must Ask Your Team" (Gallup Business Journal May 2013), and "Leadership is More Than the C-Suite" (Gallup Business Journal September 2013).

Current Role

Stosh serves as Senior Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, primarily designing and delivering custom programs for clients. Before joining as Senior Faculty, he served as an executive coach with CCL.

Educational Background

Stosh's formal education includes a BA in Education from Judson University (IL), where he received a distinguished alumnus award in 2014, and an MA in Leadership from Bellevue University (NE). Additionally, Stosh is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), PAPI-I/N, MCORE, Workplace Big 5 and StrengthsFinder.


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