TLO’s Coaching Consultation Programs are specifically designed for each new thought partner. Each program is custom-fit, designed so you can strengthen and extend existing skills, develop new talents, and learn the unique skills you need to resolve long-standing professional issues and challenges. Additionally, some Coaching Consultation Programs are designed to help a new thought partner define the ways in which the 21st Century's most disruptive technologies, radical innovations, and paradigm-busting discoveries are confronting them with impossibly complex challenges and opportunities. Every Coaching Consultation Program is designed to help you discover how to extend the power and reach of your own personal learning abilities.
Usually, a new Coaching Consultation program is designed to include three distinct phases; Introductory Conversations, Educational Experiences, and Self-Directed Learning Experiments.
STEP 1: INTRODUCTORY CONVERSATIONS
INFORM is this program's first step.
We begin every program by inviting you, as a prospective Thought Partner, into at least one Introductory Conversation. These conversations are designed to introduce us to one another, and to assess whether together we might become trustworthy companions for the journey ahead. Specifically, each Introductory Conversation is designed to test our ability to trust one another by asking us to share stories from our personal histories, including something about the hopes and the worries that are active in our lives today. And about our intentions and desired outcomes. Once we've said hello in these ways, we move into talking about the tailor-made aspects of your learning journey, especially what we need to do to be responsive to the obstacles and opportunities you're likely to encounter during your particular journey.
These Introductory Conversations are crucial. They offer us a clear opportunity to explore the relevance of your earliest learning to your current professional circumstances. In particular, these conversations give you a chance to examine the impacts, both good and bad, that your earliest educational efforts have had, and are having, on your professional life. Most importantly, these conversations are a time and place where you can begin to examine the developmental tasks you have to confront because of what you did and did not learn during your formative years. At their deepest level, these first conversations are about understanding what it is that's bringing us together in this new learning venture, and what it is we think we should do together.
Whether you proceed from here to Step 2 is a specific choice we ask you to make.
STEP 2: EDUCATIONAL experiences
EDUCATE is the program's second step.
This second step constitutes the actual launch pad for every Coaching Consultation program. Each new educational step is always a unique, jointly designed experience, one that's organized specifically for its Thought Partner. Usually, an early step at this stage is an effort to understand a new thought partners professional history, their early experiences, accomplishments, and difficulties. We develop this kind of information together by exploring TLO's Professional Challenges Interview. In practice, this interview is an extended dialogue about the strengths and weaknesses of your formal educational background, the triumphs and tragedies in your work life, the typical ways you talk about your work, and the signals, triggers, and tripwires that have causes you to adopt some habitual ways of making sense of your work.
In a Professional Challenges Interview, we ask three types of questions:
What are the stories you typically tell yourself about what is or isn't possible for you?
How do you make sense of these stories, especially the emotional experiences they bring up for you?
What are the stories you're telling yourself, your family, and friends about what's going on in your life right now?
Once the Professional Challenges Interview is completed, we use your answers to encourage you to think deeply about the precepts, assumptions, and beliefs that have formed and shaped your life. The point of the Professional Challenges Interview is to help identify key issues, like the family-of-origin assumptions you're still holding onto that may no longer apply, your habitual modes of thinking that are currently in charge of how you define your most pressing problems, and whether you believe any of this century's most disruptive innovations, trends, and conflicts might be asking you to learn something new about how to consciously remake your mind's neurobiological architecture.
Altogether two key "products" come out of this interview. First, together we develop an outline of your life work's triumphs and tragedies, alongside the triggers and signs that have tended to activate your meaning-making. What we call your Practitioner’s Growth Edges Map. Second, we develop 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. Together, we use these two tools to help you perceive and define the most important issues and problems that are currently most important to you.
Basically, we believe you need to learn at least a little about how to organize your own learning. During second step, we test this proposition with you through the Professional Challenges Interview to see whether you might agree.
If you do, this stage is when we take the time to help you get a feel for the experiential and transformational learning skills you'll need if you're going to successfully deal with your toughest challenges. It's where we help you investigate the experiential learning hypotheses, threshold concepts, and basic ideas that will guide our learning journey. It's the time and place where you learn how to design and develop you own tailor-made learning journeys.
Overall, your educational experiences phase provide you with the time and the situations where we can simultaneously identify and investigate the professional work-life issues, problems, and challenges you think you need to work on going forward.
STEP 3: SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING EXPERIMENTS
TRANSFORM is this program's third step.
Regardless of whether you're an individual, a coach, a consultant, or a senior leader, TLO's TRANSFORM workshops are the point in time where you turn your attention toward designing and implementing a variety of real-world learning experiments. It's the step where we, in very concrete and practical ways, design, assess, strategize, formulate, rehearse, and then implement a wide array of self-directed learning experiments. Experiments that are aimed at testing, in safe but also challenging ways, exactly how you have to change both your thinking and your actions in order to deal with your life's toughest, most important issues.
During your Self-Directed Learning Experiments, the prime question we ask is whether or not each of the experiments we've designed is safe enough and risky enough to actually show you the new ways you should think about yourself, the people around you, and the results your actions are producing. Through these carefully vetted personal learning experiments you, after thoroughly rehearsing, purposefully place yourself in safe but challenging situations that expressly ask you to improvise fresh ways to squeeze viable action out of the double binds that until now have stymied and frustrated you.
In short, this third step is where you, outside in your real work world, use the experiential learning skills and competencies you've explored in Step 2. It's the step where you use the "micro-skills" that are specific to personal and professional development. TRANSFORM is the place where you rehearse and then implement your real-life, "safe to fail" experiments that over time will create and stabilize the new architecture in your brain and body that you need to survive and thrive in the 21st Century.
IF our Coaching Consultation Program intrigues you, reach out. If you're strenuously objecting to our assertions, reach out. Open a doorway and connect. Share a comment, criticism or question. For sure, schedule a free TLO conversation.
Whichever link is most relevant, find a way to explore with us how our experiential learning workshops develop the new mind-brain-body talents and skills that you want and need to develop. Challenge us to show you exactly how, in weeks and months rather than years, an INFORM, EDUCATE, TRANSFORM workshop that we design together will catalyze for you more sophisticated perspectives, powerful frames of reference, complex mindsets, and impactful new skillsets.