10 Week Program October 1 – December 3, 2018


With Rob McNamara


Being able to recognize and support the emergence of new developmental capacities is a bright line in coaching — and an increasingly critical skill for today’s leadership challenges.

Many coaches today are familiar with the idea that adults develop, and that development tends to progress in stages. These relatively stable stages reveal a progression of increasing maturity and complexity.

But…there’s more to the story of development than the stages of adulthood. Although we might look pretty stable from afar, research shows that our skills are actually wildly dynamic and variable, and very context-dependent.

How we get from one stage to another is a messy, non-linear process of skill development.

And when we take the science of skill development seriously, we can’t help but see adult development — and our clients — through different eyes.

The Developmental Coaching Mastermind focuses on this leading edge: the synthesis of two of adult development’s most powerful models; those of Robert Kegan and Kurt Fischer. Together, these models exemplify the paradox of adult development: how we can be both stable and wildly variable, at the same time.

So the question for coaches is not “how can we get better at getting our clients to develop?”

Instead, it is: how can we learn to support the subtle, micro-development of key skills that, over time, will lead to stable and significant developmental changes for our clients?

10 Live Video Classes
Live, 90-min weekly classes with Rob McNamara

4 Guest Expert Sessions
Exclusive 1-hour discussions with leaders in the field of adult development.

Earn 29 CCEUs from ICF
Our program curriculum has been approved by ICF, (with 26.5 credits in core competencies). You may earn credits even if you can’t attend all live sessions.

In-Depth Developmental Video Library
With more than 10 hours of recorded resources created specifically for this program, available to you at any time.

Bonus Guest Sessions
You’ll have access to recordings featuring special guests from previous masterminds—a total of 7 hours of additional resources.

Fully Downloadable
All course resources (videos, audios, articles) are available for you to download, so that you may always return to the content at your own pace.

Meet Your Guides


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.

LAUREN TENNEY is the Director of Program Development at Ten Directions, where she is privileged to partner with faculty, trainers and thought leaders to create new programs in leadership development, coach training, and integral facilitation.

Lauren is a Certified Presence Based Coach and Certified Integral Facilitator. For over a decade she has been immersed in the fields of human development and transformative learning. She has trained alongside leaders in the field of adult development, metatheory, and transformative learning, and she is versed in many of today’s most innovative tools for transformation and collaboration, including: Immunity to Change, Sociocracy, Holacracy, The Natural Change Process, Evolving Worldviews, Way of Council, Permaculture Design, Integral Theory, and Presence Based Coaching.

Amy Pasquale
PCC, BCC, Executive Coach & Facilitator

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!

Use a Deep Understanding of Development
to Create Profound and Enlivening Coaching Interventions

The Developmental Coaching Mastermind is a 10-week online training for practicing coaches.

It is designed to provide a rigorous and intimate professional practice environment by combining three aspects of adult learning, Knowledge, Embodiment, and Self-Reflection. 

The mastermind will support you to move from being “developmentally aware” into confidently applying developmental insights and interventions, moment-to-moment, with your clients.

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.
  • Ability to 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.

How Your Learning + Practice Will Unfold

The structure of the program rests on a combination of two core elements — Live weekly 90-min video sessions, and our library of developmental teaching videos. Each week of the program covers one training video, and our live sessions complement each video with discussion, Q&A, application and coaching.

We’ve capped the program at 18 participants per cohort, to support depth and the quality of engagement and opportunity for personal feedback for every participant.

Punctuating our weekly rhythm are four live guest sessions with leaders from the adult development field. These live sessions are rare opportunities for live discussion in an intimate setting with those at the forefront of research and application about adult development. All guest sessions are exclusive to mastermind participants.

Throughout our 10 weeks together, we support a private discussion board and a mastermind facebook group for ongoing questions outside of live sessions. All course materials are provided to you on the private course website, including a collection of articles and access to our entire set of guest sessions from prior masterminds.

Week 1: Foundations of Adult Development
Monday, October 1st
9:00 – 10:30 am MST

  • What drives development?
  • Understanding development better: it’s more than hierarchical complexity.
  • Drivers of brain plasticity—looking more closely at neurobiology and development.

Week 2: Stability & Variability in Development
Monday, October 8th
9:00 – 10:30 am MST

  • Making sense of the paradox at the heart of development.
  • Kegan and Fischer: contradictory, complementary, synergistic.
  • The core movements that form the engine of developmental change.

Week 3: Levels of Mastery
Monday, October 15th
9:00 – 10:30 am MST

  • Identity development & skill development: two different things?
  • How do skills really develop across time?
  • What does identity maturation look like, and how can we recognize it?

Week 4: Developmental Assessment & Goal Setting
Monday, October 22nd
9:00 am – 10:30 am MST

  • Making embedded micro assessments.
  • What are we assessing for?
  • How to set and refine developmentally appropriate goals with clients.

Week 5: Lenses for Developmental Coaching 1
Monday, October 29th
9:00 am – 10:30 am MST

  • What lenses are and how they are distinct from developmental models.
  • Lenses that reveal aliveness, stability, variability, and range of humanity.
  • How lenses inform coaching interventions.

Week 6: Lenses for Developmental Coaching, Part 2
Monday, November 5th
9:00 – 10:30 am MST

  • Balancing Support and Challenge
  • Integrating narrative and experience.
  • Harmonizing attention, enactment and interpretation.

Week 7: Markers of Potential: Curiosity and Determination
Monday, November 12th
9:00 – 10:30 am MST

  • How is potential related to development?
  • Removing obstacles to potential: another view of developmental coaching.
  • Supporting our clients to increase curiosity and strengthen determination.

Week 8: Markers of Potential: Insight and Engagement
Monday, November 19th
9:00 – 10:30 am MST

  • How development, learning, and potential fit together.
  • Supporting our clients to be generative of insight and engagement.
  • Seeing our coaching as a network of curiosity, determination, insight and engagement.

Week 9: Structural & Economic Dimensions of Coaching
Monday, November 26th
9:00 – 10:30 am MST

  • How the structure and value exchange of our coaching drives intimacy.
  • Shifting out of the transactional model of coaching fees.
  • Creating a container for long term developmental change.

Week 10: Integrated Practice
Monday, December 3rd
9:00 – 10:30 am MST

  • Integrating discussion and Q&A
  • Coaching in the immediacy of life and death.

Fall 2018 Guest Speakers

Aiden M. A. Thornton, PhD(c) is a leadership scientist and practitioner who is striving towards the construction of an integrative paradigm of leadership. Aiden has more than 20 years of global experience across Australia, Asia and Europe in both management consulting and internal industry roles. His core functional expertise lies in leadership, adult development, and complex adaptive systems. His most recent roles include Senior Director at PwC, Global Lead of Change Management Consulting at ANZ Bank and Deputy Head of Organisation, Change & Leadership for Asia-Pacific at Booz Allen Hamilton. He is the only Certified Master Lectical™ Consultant in the southern hemisphere, and one of four globally. He is one of a select number of people globally who is undertaking interdisciplinary research on adult development, leadership and complexity, and was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award for academic excellence during his PhD candidature. All of Aiden’s pursuits focus on the single goal of developing leadership to foster the health of organisations, societies and the global ecosystem.
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. 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.
Johanne Lavoie, MBA, PCC is a Partner in McKinsey’s Organisation practice and global leader of McKinsey Academy. After a decade working in the field of large-scale performance transformations, Johanne now focuses her work on the human dimension in transformational contexts. Mixing 25 years of business experience with deep expertise in developmental change, she helps clients, individuals and their teams transform their leadership and – through that – performance. Johanne specializes in senior team and executive coaching, leadership development, and culture change with a focus on developing leadership agility to face disruptive contexts. Johanne is the co-author of Centered Leadership: Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact, published in March 2014.
As an Organization Development Practitioner at Google, Matthew Klein partners with peers and leaders across the organization to diagnose, devise, and facilitate interventions that accelerate culture, leadership, and team development. Engagements include change and transition management, org design initiatives, and senior leadership team effectiveness. Prior to Google, Matthew was a management development consultant and held numerous learning & development roles at Gap Inc. Matthew has a Masters degree in Organization Development and holds certifications in facilitation, organization design, change management, and personality assessment (MBTI, DiSC, Birkman, Insights Discovery, Enneagram) Matthew is passionate about improv and has performed Improvised Star Trek on stage at BATS in San Francisco.

Plus Six Bonus Recordings 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. 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. His firm partners with mid-market companies throughout North America to create Next- Level Results and sustained high performance. 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.
Fr. David McCallum S.J., Ed.D is a Jesuit priest who serves as the Vice President for Mission Integration and Development at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. He is an assistant professor of Management and Leadership. His education includes a BA in English with Integral Honors from Le Moyne College, an M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University, an M.Div. and a Pontifical License in Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Fr.McCallum serves as a facilitator for non-profit and educational strategic planning, provides developmentally informed coaching, and delivers leadership development programs and spiritual retreats internationally.
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. 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, and his career includes 20+ years serving on the leadership team or advisory board of 16 companies, NGOs, think tanks, and foundations.
Deborah Helsing, is a Co-Director of Minds At Work. Her role as Director of Coach Learning Programs has focused on developing coaches’ and consultants’ abilities to integrate the ITC method into their own practices. Deb holds a faculty position at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, teaching courses in Adult Development, Immunity to Change, and co-teaching a course in personal mastery for leaders. She provides executive coaching to high potential educational leaders as part of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program.

 ~ Praise for the Program ~

Sylvie Daigle
Consultant, Integral Coach & Integral Facilitator

Great quality, high value. This is the best course I followed so far as an experienced coach. It gave me many new and inspiring directions to continue my learning.

Shayla Wright
Embodied Transformation Coach

The Mastermind Program with Rob was a real turning point for me in my work. It inspired me in a very grounded way to embrace new directions and possibilities in my coaching. One of these directions has been a deeper embodiment of a core coaching value of mine: an ongoing encounter with my own humanity and vulnerability. Rob’s capacity to catalyze this process in me has been a profound gift.

Nina Jensen
Organizational Psychologist

This training holds such deep wisdom translated into very serious playfulness and concrete practice. To be trained by such a capacity as Rob McNamara that embodies this cutting-edge transformational take on coaching—I Love it! It was such a joy to experience how we got more and more space in our reflections and coaching moves, loosening up the knots to make us even more flexible in relation to the humanity that we serve as coaches. Highly recommendable training for developmental coaches.

Dariusz Klupi
Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Trainer

Through the mastermind, my coaching became more methodical and I observe greater peace and confidence inside me when I engage with a client. It helped me to embrace my humanity as a tool, instead of perceiving it as an obstacle to “professionalism.”

Dave Schoof
Executive Coach, MCC

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.

Michelle Lim
Coach & Facilitator

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.

Mari Kennedy
Leadership Development Coach, Mindfulness Trainer

This programme was a seismic upgrade for my coaching skills and practice. As a coach of ten years working with individuals, teams and organizations I found the content, delivery and group process a relentless invitation to expand my perspective and up my game. The deeper we got into the 10 weeks the more emboldened I became in my practice. The learnings became live immediately in my coaching practice. Rob’s gift as teacher and coach is amplified by his life-long devotion to development. We were truly learning from a master.

Lisa Norton
Professor of Design Leadership, Parsons School of Design

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.

Coaching that changes lives is coaching that moves us, steadily, from where we are today, to who and what we must become.

And Developmental Coaching is about more than mapping our clients within a stage model of maturity. As with most things in life, the real art and skill lies in the nuance — in the subtlety of how well we can chart a course that really will take us where we want to go.

Expand your creativity and your boldness.
Shift from Coach-as-expert into Coach-as-Instrument.

Be one of the 18 coaches in this fall’s Developmental Coaching Mastermind.

10 Live Video Classes

4 Guest Expert Sessions

Earn 29 CCEUs from ICF

In-Depth Developmental Video Library

Bonus Guest Sessions

Fully Downloadable

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