A Brief Intro to CDT Coaching
Constructed Developmental Coaching is different from traditional coaching. CDT radically changes how we think about Coaching as it ensures the suitability of the coach for the client by ensuring the Coach’s Dynamic Intelligence is at least a level higher than the client’s to begin with. This is a much more ethical approach to the Coach/Client relationship. For a fuller description of how CDT impacts our coaching approach, please click here.
This is not a system that is applied to the client, as is often the case, but one that is pulled from the client in order to tease out their construction of self, in a Real-Time Modelling approach. In this way, we move away from the ideas of coaches and therapists entirely, towards a more Interventionist approach. A lot of coaches are stuck in their need for a framework, as they cannot coach you without one (e.g. GROW). Now consider how limiting that perspective is. Would you want a limited approach, or an approach that focuses on your construction of you, rather than your problem?
By using this method, we are emphasising a more developmental dialogue (i.e. not therapy) to tease out a client’s thinking construction in the moment, and by writing down key phrases they use (Thinking Style), it is possible to ask the client to place those phrases on the corresponding Development Grid reference in order to ascertain their own perceived level of development for their own language use. This then allows the CDT Interventionist to ask the most appropriate developmental questions about construction. Having the client tell the Interventionist where their thinking stands developmentally is not how current coaching works. Can you see the shift in the dynamic?
The process begins with the Thinking Quotient© profile that illustrates your Thinking Style and your habituated construction of self from a position of Intention and Awareness.
We then work on the individual facets of your thinking that impact your ability to construct your thinking. This is a completely new approach when compared with other systems as they might say they focus on development, but in reality, if the Interventionist is the same level as you, there is no development: it is simply a conversation.
Our coaching ensures your “coach” is the right Interventionist for you! This is a more ethical approach to the coaching relationship.
Now for the science…
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From the research, clients are aware of their construction of self up to a certain point. That point is usually an awareness of their habituated thinking or behaving. What they need is this habituated thinking to be exposed. For this, they need a nudge by a CDT Interventionist. By offering an insight to their habituated construction of self, it is possible to change that construction going forward. By achieving balance in one’s Cognitive Intention use (see image below) one can choose how they respond in the moment, which impacts their Dynamic Intelligence. No other system offers this, nor is supported by doctoral research.
This opens the door for a much more realistic Interventionist-approach coaching relationship based on the client’s awareness of their construction of self. Once this construction has been exposed, the awareness is always available, creating a seismic shift in the client’s self and world view.
It is important to highlight something that comes up a lot when discussing vertical development with clients. The typical question is: can someone use self-reflection (meditation, mindfulness) as a way of developing their cognitive complexity?
The response from the research is: no! The reason for this is evident in the image. Our level of self-awareness is limited by our Dynamic Intelligence. Whatever level of DI you think at is the limit to how you think about your thinking. At TQ5, you will not suddenly think at TQ7 simply because you sit still for an hour per day, contemplating love, life and the universe. The relationship you have with your thoughts is limited to your TQ stage, and thus a TQ5 relationship with one’s self-awareness is less balanced than a TQ9 relationship. How then, is one to see a TQ9 perspective?
You will always need a More Complex Other (MCO) to guide your thinking to the next level. This is why the images depicting meditation and growth are not quite right when they use a spiral diagram. The limited nature of self-awareness keeps us revolving in a circle until an MCO intervenes, to guide our thinking to a more balanced place with more Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response. Then it can change to a minor spiral movement: TQ5 to TQ5.5 perhaps.
Find a CDT MCO to help you grow your thinking. Please do not be fooled into thinking you can up-think your situation without guidance.
Let’s find out how we can work together for a better tomorrow.