The Thinking Quotient™ is a measure of your Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response and is based on my PhD research. I measure how you emotionally react and how you cognitively react. The more self-aware you are, the greater your capacity to think in the moment, and thus the greater range in your capability.

It is how and why we do something, not what we do. It measures our “epistemic stance”, which is to say that it brings to awareness those unconscious patterns we do not know are controlling us. If we are to ground this in psychological parlance, we are talking about metacognition and personal construct psychology, as well as Laske’s Stage Development.

I take your scores from the Identity Compass profile and run it through the Thinking Quotient™ system to give a score between 2 and 5 (ie. 3.2). This number tells me your level of self-awareness based on the combination of 50 Cognitive Intentions. It also tells me your level of Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response with regards to the relationships between those Cognitive Intentions. The score could be considered your level of Dynamic Intelligence™.

How it Works

The image below demonstrates the Thinking Quotient™ idea about self-awareness from a Stage Development perspective. My research demonstrates that stages don’t necessarily exist. And where they are supposedly true, there is very little literature to describe the actual transition from one stage to the next. What changes? My theory offers a process of what to change in order to facilitate vertical development.

At the lower levels of the TQ scale, there is little understanding of the individual’s Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response when it comes to behaving in the moment. This led me to think that growth is not a ladder, but a set of inter-related relationships. The image below demonstrates how, as a Cognitive Intention comes into awareness and as we focus on it in order to create the disequilibrium for growth, a bubble of intention occurs, which, once mastered becomes a developmental ring on our overall growth.

There are fifty of these Cognitive Intentions that combine to create our Thinking Style. The relationship between them is the measure of your self-awareness. If you would like to know more about the detail, I would be happy to share my research with you.

This system is being used in UK universities, as well as a number of large organisations. Get in touch today if you understand the developmental needs of your employees are vertical, and begin with their Thinking Quotient™.


Copyright Darren Stevens and Coventry University 2019