CoreSelf Positioning

Getting on the Same with Yourself & Others

What are the components of CoreSelf Positioning?

CoreSelf Positioning is a process for establishing a deeper connection within ourselves, and in our most important relationships. It is made up of:


(Guided; 1 Hour Per Attendee)

1st Step: What's the situation we're trying to solve? (overcoming a solution)

2nd step: Run through an Individual CoreSelf Map. (45-minutes)

3rd Step: Craft the situation with management (or sponsor) to engage all the participants.

4th Step: Each attendee runs through a one-on-one individual CoreSelf Map (CSM)  prior to the workshop (45-60 minutes plus the number of attendees). We call each individual prior to the workshop to complete the CoreSelf Map. The goal is to have each individual arrive at the workshop knowing what their values are and how they will practice them.

Conduct the CoreSelf Positioning (CSP) Workshop

(Guided; 4-6 Hours)

Collaborative best next step plan, leaving with a 4S document that everyone can sign off on so that everyone is on the same page, literally.

Everyone knows they are self-accountable for their role in the sustainment plan moving forward.

Follow up to CSP

(Professional & Personal)

Following up with both the management sponsor and the workshop attendees to provide clarify and to answer any questions.

Reinforce the value of the ongoing practice of the CSM, CSP, 4S journaling from the workshop and discuss questions for Best Next Steps.

It can be used as a personal journaling practice to gain clarity about where we are and to reveal the path forward. In personal and professional relationships, it can be used to nurture trust and respect, open up meaningful dialogue, and create sustainable plans.

The concept of CoreSelf Positioning was developed over the last twenty years in the clinical coaching practice of Jonathan Thomas MSW. This is an expansion of CoreSelf Mapping. The process contains both neuroscience and psychology aspects. Jonathan used hand-drawn diagrams to describe some of the many different ways your mind works, especially the relationship between energy, values, and thoughts. 

Clients gradually learned to use CoreSelf Positioning on their own. Finding that process helpful, clients asked for something they could read and study about the process which led to the creation of Simple. Not Easy.

Learn more about the origin here.


Applications in Company Settings

CoreSelf Positioning applications in corporate settings bricks a new layer for organizing to align their energy levels with company values and come up with alternative best next steps or Real Questions that can be revisited and unpacked that can change challenging situations. 

Granted Coreself positioning utilizing some coaching techniques and initial guidance, however, its future application can help team members self-position without ongoing coaching and guidance.

Some companies can decide to become self-sufficient and certify a specific team member to become certified in CoreSelf Positioning, creating an internal resource on staff that can run future workshops.

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FREE CoreSelf 4s Framework

This exercise, a precursor to the CoreSelf Map, involves identifying your 4S's: Situation, Strengths, Struggles, and Strategies.

CoreSelf Mapping Experience

Available for individuals and groups, the guided CoreSelf Map helps navigate challenges to sets the stage for deeper insight and next-step strategy.

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Our workshops help to gain valuable insights and advantages.

Insights & Real Questions


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