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CTI & Co-Active® Training

Founded in 1992, CTI is the oldest and largest in-person coach training school and one of the most innovative leadership training organisations in the world, delivering Co-Active® training courses in 41 cities across 18 countries and in 8 languages (June 2018).

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What is Co-Active®?

At its most basic, Co-Active means simply ‘being in action . . . together’. Or perhaps it might be more appropriate to say ‘being together . . . in action’.

As the pace of our lives has quickened, we have become increasingly action oriented and results driven. It seems expedient to dispense with all the “soft” stuff of (being) and just push to get the job done (active) that is right in front of us. Unfortunately, this leaves us feeling disconnected and desperate for meaning and belonging. We wind up with what we might call “the hamster wheel” experience of life as we run around alone in circles desperately trying to get things done, only to find ourselves right back where we started.

This is why it is so important to begin with the co. Action arising from this place of being and receptivity is whole and integrated rather than disconnected and driven. In order for us to experience life as whole, action must be grounded in being and our sense of connection to a larger wholeness. When the co and the active go together, the action of our life is nourishing and fulfilling.

The hyphen in Co-Active is very important because it holds both the interrelatedness and the balance between co and active. The hyphen represents the paradox of “both and” rather than “either or”.

In the place of co, of essence (being), there is absolutely nothing to do but live our lives fully. At the same time, while there is nothing to fix or do, it is important to continually reach (active) for an ever-expanding version of our Self. Being in committed action!

Being Co-Active®

The word Co-Active® is an adjective, a way of being, an emergent and complex stand one takes in the world, a term full of ambiguity and mystery. Co-Active® is so much more than simply a methodology of coaching, it is also a road map for living a more fulfilled, integrated life. Read more...

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Track Record

  • 62'300+ students trained in the Co-Active® model
  • 3'000 Leadership graduates, programmes available in 7 locations
  • Courses active in 41 cities across 18 countries and in 8 languages
  • Graduates from over 100 countries
  • 240 Global faculty; trainers, supervisors, mentors and examiners

Figures updated June 2018

Learning and Design Philosophy

All Co-Active® curricula are designed around a core set of adult learning principles which include:

  • Human beings have an inherent desire to learn and grow. Part of the human endeavor is to become an engaged and contributing member of society.
  • Learning occurs when people are able to directly experience new ways of being and acting with others within the contexts that matter to them.
  • Learning is a process of active experimentation, engagement, and interaction with the world.
  • Learning happens most powerfully through human interrelationship rather than in isolation. A community of engaged learners creates a richness of experience that cannot be created alone.
  • We do not use role play at workshops but ask that participants and facilitators use real examples that are important to them during practices. This gives the participant confidence in using the concepts and tools and creates a highly connected learning environment.
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The Co-Active® approach to coaching integrates three foundational principles that together serve to enhance the quality and results experienced by an individual or organisation through coaching:
(1) Fulfillment — deriving deep satisfaction from work that is meaningful, value based, and purpose-driven,
(2) Balance — viewing life's challenges and opportunities from an empowered stance, making powerful choices and taking effective action and
(3) Process — operating with full engagement and awareness of what is occurring at any given moment.

These principles are at the centre of the coaching process — the Co-Active® leader/ coach always strives for the coachee's full realisation of these principles. Co-Active® coaching addresses the whole person.