Coaching Using MBTI® personality type to achieve the Crucial Cs, masterclass by Jean Kummerow

vrijdag, 25 november, 2016 -
10:00 tot 17:00
ISVW Leusden

Thanksgiving in Europe?

Some of our colleagues in the States were already present for this unique event : combining a masterclass with the European version of Thanksgiving. This year we welcome Jean Kummerow


Coaching using MBTI® personality type to achieve the Crucial Cs 


Summary Description:

The Crucial Cs Model of Adler's Core Needs posits that everyone needs to Connect, feel Capable, Count, and have Courage. Using the concepts of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, coaches can find pathways to achieve these.  Participants must know their MBTI Type and the basic preference definitions to participate.

Educational Objectives:

Participants will learn:

The Crucial Cs Model of Adler's Core Needs

How the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment can be used to help clients achieve Adler’s core needs.


500 Word Summary

A desirable outcome for coaching is to help clients achieve Adler's core needs in the three Life Tasks of friendship, work and intimacy.  These core needs are explained through the Crucial Cs, an easy-to-understand model developed by Bettner and Lew.  The four Crucial Cs are:

1.  Connect - the need to belong

2.  Capable - skills in order to feel competent

3.  Count – the ways to find significance

4.  Courage – the ability to try and even fail and to develop resilience


Personality type identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can provide a tool to help clients achieve each of these.  Through a series of activities using type and case studies, participants will discover ways to develop each Crucial C. 


When clients don’t Connect, they are subject to peer pressure and/or may seek attention in negative ways.  They may need help in figuring out how to connect; for example, Introverts are likely to connect with others in a different way than Extraverts.  This also might include working on communication skills, a ready-made application of type. 


When clients don’t feel Capable, they feel inadequate.  Personality type descriptions offer quick ways to identify some potential capabilities.  Of course, these also need to be checked out in reality.  Just because it’s the client’s type, doesn’t mean an automatic skill. Clients who feel inadequate may have a difficult time identifying anything they are good at; reading their personality type descriptions often reminds them of their skills.


When clients don’t feel they Count, they feel insignificant and unnecessary.  A study by Seligman found that the happiest workers were those who felt that they made real contributions and that their occupation was congruent with their interests and values.  For this C, we help people identify what really matters to them.  With personality type we know that there are at least 16 different ways to count, and that one is not inherently better than another.  With some clients, what they may feel best about is utilizing their fourth or inferior functions in positive ways.  A Thinking type discovers how good it feels to help others reach their potentials.


When clients don’t have Courage, they may feel useless and give up. Clients need to feel resilient, which is the ability to bounce forward. Clients don’t need to be excused from problems, but rather to develop good problem solving skills. The Zig-Zag Model of problem solving may be quite helpful here as well – first use Sensing to gather the facts, then Intuition to consider alternatives, third comes Thinking to analyze the alternatives, and finally Feeling to figure out what really matters. 


One way to learn about a model is to try it out on yourself.  Therefore all attendees need to know their MBTI types.  They will participate in activities designed to guide them toward achieving the Crucial Cs.  

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