The Humanistic Model of Personal and Organizational Development.

This model was developed in 2015 by Ian Widdop. He seeks to understand the relationship between the drive for development at an individual level, the impact that coaching can make in this area, and the benefits that attach to organizations and to society from the ‘jigsaw’ of coaching, personal development, organizational growth and societal outcomes.

Thus, we view our coaching approach as very holistic, addressing individuals’ needs and objectives in the context of their roles in life, in society, in communities, in organizations, in families, and in their own life and head-spaces.

Our experience suggests that this broad, holistic approach is welcomed by people as it locates their personal coaching journeys in relevant leadership roles.

A brief explanation of the model will assist, from the centre outwards:

1. Core Aspirations – Personal Growth, Fulfilment, Sustainable Growth These aspects are represented in many different guises, but their achievement is consistently desired.

2. Process Typically, a coaching process and the steps to achieve the Core Aspirations. The black arrows pointing to the centre suggest that the focus now is internal, upon oneself. This is a coaching journey and the eight steps are the ones that can unlock the necessary insights to achieve the Core Aspirations.

3. Life Anchors As the coaching process steps become better embedded, the coaching client becomes more able to define what really matters to him or her. Definition of purpose, improved relationships, taking responsibility for oneself and holding oneself accountable, authentic behaviour – all these and the other jigsaw pieces represent the expression of the Core Aspirations of Personal Growth, Fulfilment and Sustainable Change.

4. We in the Organization Whatever grouping is relevant – it does not have to be a corporate business and can be a community or family – the coaching client begins to understand and take on his or her responsibilities towards that organization. The black arrows are now pointing outwards to represent that the individuals are automatically becoming defined not by their own identities as much as their surroundings. This is a central tenet of the philosophy of humanism and explains in part the title of the model.

5. World View Finally, the perspectives of the individual become broader and broader until they identify as global. This is the World View, a perspective that is non-parochial, nor self-centred. It embraces the world and all that is in it. Experience suggests that a coaching journey with this model as context prepares its participants well for the challenges of corporate life decision making and leadership.


The Integral Model

Ken Wilber, possibly the finest living social philosopher, has developed the Integral Model which is now in the public domain.

In its basic form as drawn in the diagram herewith, it present a ‘Map of the Territory’, that is the two-dimensional aspects of a person’s personality seen from the conjunction of that person’s internal and external worlds, and his/her individual beliefs, behaviours and values and those of the others with whom he/she associates both collectively and within individual relationships.

The actual territory is of course each person’s individual personality and behaviours. The model has proven extremely successful in defining for clients their individual purpose, how they show up in the world (both at present and desired), how this set of behaviours informs their relationships, and finally how these relationships conform or fit into cultural norms and mores.