A Brief Intro

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The Thinking Quotient™ is a measure of your Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response and is based on the PhD research of Dr Darren Stevens. It measures how you emotionally react and how you cognitively react. The more self-aware you are, the greater your capacity to think in the moment, and thus the greater range in your capability. The image below is a snapshot of one’s capacity to construct oneself based on their level of self-awareness. Where do you think you might be on the path to TQ10?

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Constructed Development Theory is about how aware we are of how and why we do something, not what we do. It measures our “epistemic stance”, which is to say that it brings to awareness those unconscious patterns we do not know are controlling us. If we are to ground this in psychological parlance, we are talking about metacognition and personal construct psychology, as well as stage development.

It takes your scores from the Identity Compass profile and runs them through the Thinking Quotient™ system to give a score between 5 and 10 (ie. 6.5). This number tells us your level of self-awareness based on your relationship with the combination of 50 Cognitive Intentions. It also tells us your level of Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response with regards to the relationships between those Cognitive Intentions. This score could be considered your level of Dynamic Intelligence™.

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How it works

The Developmental Onion below illustrates the Thinking Quotient™ idea about self-awareness from a Stage Development perspective. Stevens’ research demonstrates that stages don’t necessarily exist. And where they are supposedly true, there is very little literature to describe the actual transition from one stage to the next. The question to ask is: What changes? CDT offers a method of what to change in order to facilitate vertical development via self-awareness.

At the lower levels of the TQ, there is little understanding of the individual’s Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response when it comes to behaving in the moment. This led to the thinking that growth is not a ladder, but a set of inter-related relationships. The image below demonstrates how, as a Cognitive Intention comes into awareness and as we focus on it in order to create the disequilibrium for growth, a bubble of intention occurs, which, once mastered becomes a developmental ring on our overall growth.

There are fifty of these Cognitive Intentions that combine to create our Thinking Style. The relationship between them is the measure of your self-awareness. If you would like to know more about the detail, we would be happy to share the research with you and how it would vertically develop your teams.

This system is being used in UK universities, as well as a number of organisations. Get in touch today if you understand that the developmental needs of your employees are vertical, and begin with their Thinking Quotient™.

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