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Dr. Kevin Polk created the ACT Matrix in 2009 as a way of quickly getting people into the Acceptance and Commitment Process. Over the years it has evolved some, but the fundamentals remain.
The vertical line represents noticing the difference between Sensory Experiencing and Mental Experiencing.
The horizontal line represents noticing the difference between the feeling of negative reinforcement (relief) to the left and positive reinforcement (contentment) to the right.
[Some people have said that the left represents moving away from values. This is incorrect and ruins the matrix experience.]
The two crossed lines form four quadrants. We begin in the lower right and ask:
Who's important to you?
In the lower left, we ask:
What unpleasant thoughts and feelings, e.g., fear, sometimes show up inside you?
In the upper left, we ask:
What stuff often leads to you feeling relief? For example, you might run and feel relief from fear.
In the upper right, we ask:
What kind of stuff often leads to you feeling content?
Finally, we ask:
In a 24-hour day, how much time do you spend feeling relief?
How much time do you feel content?
Doing the ACT Matrix is like learning the guitar; each of the notes is easy enough to play, and it takes some practice before you play notes together and make them sound like music. However, most people "feel" the music after ten repetitions. When working with others, the music of the matrix takes about thirty repetitions.
After months of practicing the matrix, most people feel content more often.
Dr. Polk designed the ACT and ProSocial Matrixes so that anyone could use them, but beneath their simplicity lies a mountain of theory, research, and experimentation out in the world. This educational guide breaks down the pillars of behavioral psychology and analysis that uphold the ACT Matrix: functional contextualism, relational frame theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or Training). You'll learn what they are, how they work, and how they were used to shape the ACT Matrix into the simple and incredibly powerful tool it is today. Finally, you'll be introduced to verbal aikido, one of the most effective ways to apply the Matrix out in the world.Click Here to Purchase the Paperback or Kindle Version on Amazon
This book will facilitate you through the steps you need to take to apply a highly effective process to executive coaching and crisis management. After you learn this process, you can use it at the drop of a hat, with anyone, at any time, and in any place. After completing this book and doing the necessary practice, you will say with confidence, “I’m an executive coaching and crisis management expert.”Click Here to Buy the Kindle or Print Version on Amazon
Joy dreamed of bringing a feminine view to the male-dominated world of executives through coaching. She could see it was a fast way of getting to the top and influencing business management for the better. She would need training and mentoring, and she sought out such training with what looked to be a reputable company, and it was. However, the company’s coaching program was steeped in old-world, male-dominated ideas. Further, the training was very long on information, but very short on applying that information.
Joy studied hard and fully participated with her coach mentor. On the one hand, the information seemed promising, but in the back of her mind was a growing sense of imposter syndrome; that she would get in an executive coaching or crisis management situation, and her lack of skills would be apparent. Sadly, Joy was right. Her executive coaching and crisis management training was full of questionable theoretical notions about executives that would be difficult for anyone to turn into practice. When she did manage to find some people to do coaching with, her head would spin with ideas about what she might do that got in the way of her doing what was needed.
The fact is, while most of the techniques that Joy had learned might be usable in some settings, she did not have a process that would work in all environments. During her coaching sessions, her imposter syndrome grew and grew. Most of her clients only lasted a session or two before moving on. She had never gotten up the nerve to do any crisis intervention work because she was sure her lack of skills would indeed show up if she tried.
Like others, Joy eventually found The ACT Matrix Academy and Bold Moves Executive Coaching and Crisis Management Training. She learned the universal process, and after practice, her imposter syndrome almost disappeared. (Even the most expert Bold Move coaches retain a touch of imposter syndrome. It comes with the business.) Now she uses a universally applicable process to “see” what technique would be helpful. Further, she can tweak any strategy and find workability using the universal process.
Joy is now a successful executive coach and crisis manager who confidently strides into any organizational situation and knows just what to do. She is firm in what she does and gentle in how she does it.
Now she is bringing highly effective feminine qualities to organizational management worldwide.