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Sustaining the Journey

Revision to Cognitive Coaching Capability 3…the How (Part 2)

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Thinking Collaborative


January 29, 2018

After extensive study and rich dialogue with Art Costa and Bob Garmston, Thinking Collaborative has determined that the work of Cognitive CoachingSM would be best served with a revision to Capability 3. For years, Capability 3 has read “Adjust One’s Style Preferences.” Going forward, Capability 3 will now read, “Attune to and Adjust for Human Uniqueness.” This revision has been made with high consciousness of current global conditions and offers a hopefulness that this principle will provide the What, Why, and How for transformative action regarding human uniqueness. For the January Sustaining the Journey, we will explore this change in language and thinking:

Capabilities are principles (internal representations of conditional knowledge) that provide a container for our metacognitive maps. These mental maps guide our behavioral choices. A capability serves to deepen our awareness of our intent in any decision-making moment and provides a “how to” for mediators of thinking.

As you internalize the capability of attuning to and adjusting for human uniqueness, consider the following:

• What might you focus on to develop respect and appreciation for another’s human uniqueness?

• What are your hunches about your own language patterns as you pose questions to explore human uniqueness?

• What are you noticing about your own uniqueness?

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