AQAL – Holistic and Integrated Map

AQAL – Holistic and Integrated Map

Everything we do at 4Q Smart is integrally informed by the AQAL map which sets a framework for a holistic and integrated approach to training, coaching, mentoring, and consulting.  So what is the AQAL map and why is it important?

AQAL stands for all quadrants, all lines, all levels, all states, and all types.  Quadrants are dimension perspectives of our experience.  We experience every event in all four quadrants so seeing it through the perspectives is important to understand the event holistically.  For more information on the four quadrants see the post The Four Quadrants of 4Q Smart.

Lines are lines of development in each quadrant.  For example, in the upper left quadrant of interior subjective, we have intelligences such as cognitive, emotional, spiritual, moral, values, needs, etc.  Each of these lines develops somewhat independently so one can be high in one line while being low in another.  A Nazi doctor in the concentration camps who experimented on and killed humans may have a high cognitive intelligence but miserably low moral and spiritual intelligence.

Levels are levels of growth or development in which the lines of development grow.  The levels tell whether the development of the line is low, high or anywhere in between.  When a number of lines are considered together, the levels allow us to talk about development in a consistent way.  Individuals have a "center of gravity" which is the level from which they operate most of the time, while they go a level above and below based on the situations they face.

States are the states of individuals and collectives such as emotional states, altered states, spiritual states, etc.  States may allow or prevent us from accessing information and engaging in events.  For example, an alpha brainwave state is proven to be the best state for learning.  One who is scared (fast beta brainwave state) or dull (slow theta brainwave state) is not as prone to learn as quickly and effectively as those in the alpha brainwave state.

Types, as well as the other elements, are seen in every quadrant.  Personality types, body types, group culture types, and organizational structure types are all examples.  MBTI and Enneagram are two personality types that are very informative for understanding the differences in people related to mental and emotional preferences, tendencies, and needs.

Understanding the AQAL map and framework is important to training, coaching, and consulting because it ensures we are taking into account all the factors which impact the learning and change effort.  All 4Q Smart interventions are holistic and integrated including all the elements of AQAL in understanding and process.

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