Coaching Vertically

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Increasingly, coaching programs recognize the importance of cultivating coaches’ awareness of their own sense making.

The Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP) instrument has long been integral to the highly regarded Georgetown Coaching Program. Graduates of that program often speak of it as one of the most transformational elements of the entire training process. The MAP is also part of several advanced coach training programs.

As one of several assessments that measure Adult Stage or where someone is on the Vertical Development path, the MAP is a sentence stem completion instrument, based on the long-established, well-validated Washington University Sentence Stem Completion test (WUSSCT), Susanne Cook-Greuter adapted the MAP for use with the Leadership Maturity Framework and leverages a global team of certified scorers and coaches to deliver the assessment.

The Subject Object Interview is a method developed by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey at Harvard. It is also the basis of the Growth Edge Interview developed by Jennifer Garvey-Berger and her Cultivating Leadership colleagues. It requires a face-to-face interview of about 90 minutes that is transcribed, scored, and synthesized into a report. The interview process itself can be a transformative experience. For more information, contact the experts at Cultivting Leadership.

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  1. Rey Carr

    March 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This article seems like it could be four articles. I say that because I’m not sure how the four parts fit together. First, there’s the importance of a coach being self-aware. Then, there’s a great story about a possible mismatch between the coach’s understanding and the client’s passion. But is the story over? I think I wanted to learn more.

    Next, there are the parts about an assessment instrument. This might tie in with the first part, but there’s no lead in as to why this particular instrument is of greater value than others. I was left with the feeling of being in a sales meeting about this instrument. On the other hand, I did learn about an instrument I didn’t know about and how it could be used. This was definitely a benefit.


  2. Jan Rybeck

    April 7, 2016 at 11:56 am

    this is indeed just one part of a 4 part series on vertical development and coaching. its the dessert to the meal, the other 3 come before it so i suggest starting with Case for Maturity to understanding the framework and the Map and Territory, the second article to learn even more.
    there are actually several instruments that track with vertical development frameworks, they are mentioned at the end of the Coaching Vertically article. And thank you for your comment, it highlights to need to present these in sequence :)
    happy to discuss more if you are interested..


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