Vertical Development
in February 2024


Building on the Success...

...of our recent MCO6 workshop, we have made some important changes and are certain everyone will benefit from our new approach to coaching excellence in February 2024.

Most coaching approaches aren’t simply ineffective: they can actually be harmful.

Coaching as a practise has exploded in use over the last two decades. It is big business due to its potential to change people and organisations. There are a variety of approaches, as well as a variety of applications.

Organisations that offer weekend courses where one can ‘qualify’ as a Life Coach and begin practising under the false impression that they can be effective in helping a client deconstruct their lives with sufficient know-how to be of assistance in their reconstruction are part of the problem. Can we really “learn” this from a few choice procedures whilst sipping coffee with like-minded socialised thinkers? .


JOIN US in February 2024 for our next 4-Day Workshop.

Therein lies the issue!

To coach is to influence change in another’s thinking and behaving. With the best will in the world, you cannot remove yourself from the coaching process in order to have a ‘clean’ interaction. Your very presence in the room is enough to influence the client. The problem lies not just in the organisations that pump out meaningless courses for the masses, but the way they teach coaching as a discipline.

Traditional coaching offers processes and coping mechanisms and are based in some form of therapeutic endeavour. This is not 'Next Level Coaching' (NLC), and this is not The Institute for Adult Development’s approach.

From a NLC perspective, it is not something that can be ‘taught’. Coaching is way of understanding oneself before others, and with this insight, helping others to see and heal their own hypocrisy. Next Level Coaching takes the limitations of 3rd Generation Coaching and expands on its capabilities. We do this in our MCO workshops at the IAD.

Why Become an IAD Next Level Coach?

  • Being a Next Level Coach makes you more credible
  • It makes you more able to stand out from the crowd.
  • And it makes it possible for you to help your clients truly develop their capabilities rather than be subject to their limitations.
  • But just as importantly, the development you gain in this programme will have a positive impact more broadly in your life and your relationships.

Your journey begins at the Sunley Hotel on the campus of the University of Northampton. The parking is free for participants as we cover that cost for you. There is tea and coffee available all day. Lunch is provided. There are some wonderful spaces to walk around, and the campus is 5 minutes from Northampton's city centre.

How We Discover...

In these workshops you will discover the client’s hidden patterns. Interaction and influence are obvious to the MCO. Thus, coaching is, at the lower end of the scale, Procedural and remedial. At the higher end, Dynamic and Developmental. It is the higher end that NLC aims its ideas.

In order to achieve greater flexibility in our thinking, to be able to notice the issues with our behaviour and make the appropriate changes, we need a greater degree of awareness of our own unconscious Cognitive Intentions in the moment. How we construct our thinking is a more complex approach to coaching than any system currently used in the field.

Once we recognise how we construct our own thinking, and have our limitations pointed out by an MCO, only then can we realistically begin to understand the limiting Thinking Styles of our clients.

The Four Pillars of CDT

The aim of NLC is to raise self-awareness to the point that the client recognises their unconscious Intention behind their thinking, their level of awareness of this intention, the choices this awareness raises, and their capacity to respond in the moment as a result of this choice. You will learn this in the very first workshop.

We use specific interventions to offer the client the capacity to choose their thinking in the moment from a position of awareness. This is the Four Pillar approach to self-awareness: Intention, Awareness, Choice and ResponseTM.

From a coaching perspective, a coach who is capable of choosing between opposing Cognitive Intentions is more capable of coaching someone who lacks this awareness and thus capable of assisting their cognitive growth. The individual only capable of External thinking cannot offer a client an Internal perspective.

This obviously limits their capabilities as a coach. And it is the measure of this awareness that is key in NLC.

Coaches at lower levels of Dynamic Intelligence will avoid programmes that measure them and offer feedback on their development. Judging themselves and being judged by others will be emotional and potentially critical. More Dynamically Intelligent coaches tend to seek out ways to measure themselves in order to further their development and efficacy. They are more able to receive information objectively, which is a function of their Dynamic Intelligence.

You will learn how to do this as well as apply it in THIS workshop.

This is how we do it at the IAD

NLC is the latest psychological theory for adult development. It shows us HOW to grow our thinking specifically. No other system offers this!
From the Identity Compass profile, we know WHAT needs to change in order to grow your level of personal and external awareness.

Your NLC journey with the IAD will begin once you know you have further to go.
And the best part is: it’s measurable, which means we are the only organisation capable of mapping your vertical development!

Course features

  • A highly interactive course with 4 face-to-face days of in-depth and highly practical workshops and peer support.
  • Three Identity Compass Coaching feedbacks for the Certificate.
  • Personal tutor/mentor coach support (MCO8): advice and guidance, feedback on profile deconstruciton and supervision of your NLC sessions.
  • 1-to-1 advice and practical help from Dr Darren Stevens and Sean Ellis who have developed MCO's from all around the world.
  • All materials; programme folder, handbooks, workbooks and access to a huge range of IAD/MCO resources.
  • Equivalent content to an ILM Level 7 Certificate. Dr Stevens writes UG and PG content for university and is well-versed in the developmental level of each.
  • You only need ILM status if you are following a prescribed route to a standard coaching qualification. This is not a standard qualification!

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    Comments (3)

    • author

      This is not a coaching programme. I can't explain just how useful this has been. I am starting again, and it's somehow not a problem. .

      Repost Reply 39 minits ago
      • author

        A real eye-opener. I'm honestly convinced other coaching programmes have been getting it wrong all this time!

        Repost Reply 39 minits ago
    • author

      Darren knows his onions... you'll get the joke when you attend!

      Repost Reply 39 minits ago