TLO's individual coaching consultation program
If you want or need to advance your professional or personal accomplishments, at some point you will have to learn how to design and implement your own self-directed learning experiences. Specifically, you'll have to learn how to use your own self-awareness to organize and launch personal learning experiences that will:
Improve essential skills that you already have,
Develop new skills that you need to succeed at work and in your life, and
Reframe your outdated modes of thinking in ways let you respond more effectively to today's challenges and opportunities.
I've taken all that that I know about experiential and transformational learning, e.g., techniques like focused attention, deliberate practice, and experiential learning, and integrated these elements into a comprehensive personal growth and development program that can be tailored to encourage and support your own particular learning needs. I've titled this program, TLO's Inform, Educate, & Transform (IET) program. Here's a brief description of this program's three basic steps:
step 1: introductory Conversations
Transformational Learning Opportunities begins each of its coaching consultation programs by inviting you into an Introductory Conversation that's designed to introduce us to one another, assess whether together we might become trustworthy companions for the learning journeys ahead, and talk a bit about what the tailor-made aspects of your unique learning journeys might be, especially what we'll need to do to be responsive to both the obstacles and the opportunities you're likely to encounter.
step 2: EDUCATional experiences
With TLO, your educational experiences are focused on exploring the personal issues and opportunities you're currently facing. Perhaps you're embarrassed by a chronic family conflict. Perhaps someone in your life is offering you a chance to realize a dream you didn't know you had. Or, even stranger, perhaps some distant geopolitical conflict in the Middle East or a global dilemma like climate change are worrying you in way you never thought possible. Whatever, in our Educate workshops, we will probe what these issues might be through TLO's Life's Challenges Interview.
We use your Life's Challenges Interview to produce three key learning tools:
An outline of your life's triumphs and tragedies, alongside the triggers and signs that tend to activate your meaning-making; what we call your Growth Edges Map.
A list of the learning skills and techniques you'll need to successfully complete your learning journey; what we call your Packing List.
An initial to-do list that outlines where, how, and how far you want to go on your learning journey; what we call your Bridging Document.
These three tools help us identify the most important issues and most inspiring opportunities present in your life. Once we have this informations in hand, we move to identify the specific issues and opportunities that you know warrant focused, on-going attention.
step 3: transformative learning experiments
Your TRANSFORM sessions would be a mix of three work streams: In-depth conversations about the different aspects of self-directed learning; workshops aimed at designing, rehearsing, and implementing small, safe-to-fail Self-Directed Learning Experiments; and evaluations of the new habits of mind and associated ways of behaving that have emerged from your field experiments. When done well, this three work stream combination creates the kind of supportive experimental and experiential learning environment that you need to organize and orchestrate your own on-gong development.