Orient with sound developmental knowledge.
Expand your creativity and your boldness.
Shift from Coach-as-expert into Coach-as-Instrument.

Adult development is a complex process. And it’s a bit of a paradox!

On the one hand, it’s dynamic, non-linear, and unpredictable. But on the other hand, its patterned and sequential. This means working developmentally is a complex achievement for coaches.

Developmental Coaching requires coaches to understand the ways development is both stable, and variable. It requires the ability to see these contradicting aspects in our clients—the mysterious uniqueness, and the structured order. And most importantly, coaches must go beyond developmental knowledge and learn how to create developmental openings that are creative and unique to each client. This means coaches have to grow themselves beyond knowledge and expertise, into the level of coach-as-instrument.

The 10-week Developmental Coaching Mastermind
with Rob McNamara

A professional mastermind is an invitation to join a rigorous and intimate professional practice environment. Designed for professional, practicing coaches, this 10-week mastermind program is a post-professional training that combines three aspects of adult learning, Knowledge, Embodiment, and Self-Reflection, to take coaches from “developmentally aware” to confident, embodied developmental coaches.

Over the 10 weeks of the mastermind, coaches will be exposed to leading-edge developmental teaching and insight, which will include: recorded video lectures, suggested readings, live weekly application sessions, and extra sessions with groundbreaking developmental thinkers and researchers. Coaches will learn to conduct grounded, real-time developmental insights and micro-assessments. And they will learn new, developmentally-informed interventions and approaches through direct experience, client examples, observation, practice, and feedback.

The 10-week Developmental Coaching Mastermind is designed around six core outcomes for coaches:

  • Ability to identify and develop relevant leadership skills in any business context.
  • Confidence to use yourself as scaffolding for your client’s own development.
  • Mastery of key lenses revealing your client’s development.
  • Generate more creative & dynamic coaching environments.
  • Operate from rapid in-the-moment developmental appraisals.
  • Expand key markers of potential shown to drive your client’s professional development.

After being engaged in the mastermind program, coaches report that their coaching becomes more alive, bold, and creative, and offers greater insight, intimacy and wisdom to their clients.

Hear what coaches have to say about the impact of the mastermind on their coaching:

I experience more range, more space — both in my practical moves, and in my nervous system that is at ease and on its toes at the same time. Taking chances feels more fluent — like I am not “just” a coach, I am humanity in conversation.

Nina Jensen

Now I feel I have a framework which provides me with a structure that I now realize was missing from my practice. I have experienced a new stability and a way of orienting myself with my clients that allows me to be more present and available. Taking off the coaching mask when it is needed, for example, has been so liberating and has resulted in very powerful outcomes with clients. Above all, it has emboldened me with confidence and trust in my humanity.

Mari Kennedy

Rob inspired me to step more fully into precisely who I am now, and coach from the immediacy of my own presence, and the shared presence with my client. I have been able to transcend rules about coaching that I didn’t know I was following. This has liberated a lot of freedom and creative energy in my work.

Shayla Wright

I’m more bold. Disruptive in the sense of skillful perturbation. Shaking things up a bit with my coachee instead of playing it safe.

Dave Schoof

Understanding Development + Supporting Potential.
The Ivory Tower meets the real world of leadership struggles.

This 10-week Developmental Coaching Mastermind will combine the study of adult development with the study of leadership potential, focusing on how this can be applied, in real time, by developmental coaches. The result is a program that doesn’t exist anywhere else! Coaches will be immersed in this leading discourse, looking at how development and potential are connected, and how this influences coaching. Read on to see why the focus on potential is so critical for coaches:

In today’s leadership and organizational development climate, “Potential” is an idea whose stock is skyrocketing. We know a lot about the processes of adult development, primarily through academic study. But now, as a result of more than a decade of grounded research in consulting and executive search, we also know how to assess and identify key markers of potential.

As the leadership talent gap grows, the imperative for organizations to identify, hire for, and cultivate potential is growing exponentially. Yet, this new understanding of potential isn’t well connected to all that we know about the patterns of adult development. The combination of these two areas is uncharted territory.

Coaches who can synthesize the best developmental coaching with this new territory of potential development will be poised to meet one of the greatest challenges facing organizations and leaders today. We’re excited to pioneer this space, and we hope you are too.


ABOUT ROB MCNAMARA Rob McNamara is a leading expert on adult development and human performance, a developmental coach and consultant, and a faculty member with Ten Directions. Rob’s expertise focuses on the application of developmental theory to the field of coaching, and includes the intersection of integral practice, adult development, human performance and integral strength training.

Through his private practice in Boulder, CO, he works with a broad range of clients including executives, professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and athletes ranging from high school to Olympic and professional world champions. Rob received his Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Susquehanna University. His books include The Elegant Self and Strength to Awaken.

What the Mastermind Includes:

  • Live, 90-min weekly video classes led by Rob McNamara. Begins October 5th, runs for 10 consecutive Fridays. Classes are 9:00 – 10:30 am MST.

  • Customized recorded video lectures covering core developmental curriculum.

  • A private mastermind website with program resources and discussion space

  • Developmental resource list including articles, chapter excerpts and video lectures.

  • An intimate learning environment; registration is capped at 18 professional coaches.

  • Guided meditation audio, designed and created by Rob for mastermind participants.

  • Four 1-hour video guest sessions with developmental thought leaders (see below).

  • A carefully designed and facilitated community of practice, learning and insight.

LIVE 1-Hour Video Discussions and Q&A with:

zak headshotDr. Zak Stein is a preeminent thought leader in the fields of human development, education and social justice and ethics. Co-founder of Lectica, Inc, a non-profit innovator in the field of developmental testing and educational reform, Dr. Stein currently serves as the Academic Director of the activist think-tank at the Center for Integral Wisdom, and is an advisor to educational technology companies, schools, and organizations. His work has appeared in a variety of academic journals including American Psychologist; New Ideas in Psychology,Mind, Brain, and Education; Integral Review; Journal of Philosophy of Education. Dr. Stein received his BA from Hampshire College, his M.Ed. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Education from Harvard University. His dissertation, Social justice and educational measurement: John Rawls, the history of testing, and the future of education, was published by Routledge in 2016.

Rand Stagen is the Senior Partner of Stagen, a management consulting firm that specializes in strategy, execution, and leadership development. In his role, Rand is responsible for the oversight of delivery teams comprised of consultants, executive coaches, and subject matter experts. His firm partners with mid-market companies throughout North America to create Next- Level Results and sustained high performance. Prior to founding the Institute, Rand was President of Presido Media Group, a publisher of newspapers and magazines in the Southwest. A seasoned entrepreneur, he has been featured in The Dallas Morning News, The Columbia Journalism Review, on Fox-TV. Rand is a former President of the Young Entrepreneur’s Organization (YEO), a national resource for YPO, and has served as Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Metrocrest Healthcare System. He earned his B.A. from Southern Methodist University and lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter.

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 11.35.15 AMDr. Theo Dawson is the CEO of Lectica®, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to helping the world think better by producing and distributing sophisticated learning tools that support the kind of learning that matters. Under Dawson’s visionary guidance, Lectica has pioneered the creation of evidence-based, diagnostic, and formative developmental assessments for children and adults, offers research and assessment services to clients in the private and public sectors, and builds knowledge about learning and its role in the future of society.

Dr. Barrett Brown is the Managing Director at Apheno Advisory, where he specializes in future-proofing leaders and teams to succeed in complex, rapidly-changing, uncertain environments. Barrett has served as executive coach to C-Suite executives and Vice-Presidents in some of the largest corporate and non-profit organizations in the world, presented to hundreds of CEOs and government officials on four continents, including the Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit and the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development. He has authored and edited award-winning articles on leadership, sustainability, and market transformation that are used in the Yale MBA Program, the UN system, and universities worldwide, translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian and Farsi, and his career includes 20+ years serving on the leadership team or advisory board of 16 companies, NGOs, think tanks, and foundations.

Further Praise for Rob’s Mastermind Program

Rob McNamara is a master who has integrated a tremendous amount of knowledge and makes it applicable for the experienced coach. This work is essential for the complexities most business leaders face today!

Amy Pasquale

Great balance of theory, practice and experimentation. As a result of this course I have a felt sense of how developmental distinctions contribute to the coaching relationship. I have several heuristics to put into practice in my own growth and development process as well as in work contexts. And Rob’s coaching gave me a developmental reframe for an ongoing personal challenge.

Lisa Norton

Great hosts, great experience and fantastic food for the soul. This is a place to rest into deeper explorations of what it means to be and how to develop as a coach.

Dave Schoof

I love and appreciate so much being in a group of peers that is so thoughtful and nuanced in self-reflection, that is hyper aware of both self, other, and the group. I feel privileged and honoured to have been part of this group.

Michelle Lim

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Let Your Coaching Transform You.

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developmental coaching mastermind.
Begins on Friday, October 5th.
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10-Week Developmental Coaching Mastermind Course

$2500 USD

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