"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning Experiments = Successful Personal and Professional Development" is TLO's new learning equation. It describes what I think good 21st Century learning programs include. It's meant to suggest that, at this point in time, adult learners who are interested in improving existing skills, developing new skills, or reframing outdated modes of thinking will need to organize and structure their personal and professional learning efforts so that each of their learning experiments has a Front-End educational component that acquaints them with relevant threshold knowledge and, as wall, a Back-End component that includes numerous iterative self-directed learning experiments that, over time, restructures their brain's and their mind's neural networks.  The practitioners who are highlighted below understand something about this equation's implications and, at a minimum, know how to support and encourage self-directed learning experiments.


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Growth Edge Coaching is...a leadership and organisational change consultancy. (Its) aim is twofold: to support leaders to find superb developmentally-oriented coaches and to support coaches to expand their developmental orientation.

At the helm of this practice are Jennifer Garvey Berger and Carolyn Coughlin...

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Transformational Learning Opportunities believes every learner needs to become intimately familiar with, and exquisitely capable of implementing this equation:

"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning Experiments = Successful Personal and Professional Development."

This equation also highlights the proposition that today leading practitioners need to know how to support and encourage their clients address both the Front End educational knowledge and the Back End learning skills this equation asserts they must have in today’s complex and rapidly changing world. In practical terms, this equation emphasizes the fact that practitioners and their client must learn how to organize their Front End educational curricula and their Back End learning experiments so that together they can do three critical things: Improve essential personal and professional skills; develop new personal and professional skills necessary to succeed at work and in our lives; and reframe outmoded modes of thinking that we each have in ways that help us respond more effectively to the toughest, most complex challenges we face. 

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