TLO'S coaching consultation program
If you need to strengthen, develop, or expand your leadership talents, at some point you will have to learn how to design and implement your own self-directed learning experiences. In particular, you’ll have to learn how to mine your own life and work experiences so you can launch the kinds of learning experiments that will help you…
Improve essential leadership skills that you already have,
Develop new leadership skills that you need to succeed in your organization, and
Reframe your outdated modes of interpreting the key leadership issues you're currently facing in ways that will help you respond more effectively.
I've taken all that I know about experiential and transformational learning, (e.g., techniques like focused attention, deliberate practice, and experiential learning), and integrated these elements into an approach to leadership development that can be tailored to your particular developmental needs. I've titled this program, TLO's Coaching Consultation Program. Here's a brief description of its basic steps:
step 1: introductory CONVERSATIONS
Transformational Learning Opportunities begins each of its Coaching Consultation Programs for Leaders 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 journey ahead, and talk a bit about what the tailor-made aspects of your unique learning journeys might need to be. Especially what we will need to do to be responsive to both the obstacles and the opportunities that you're currently facing.
step 2: Educational experiences
Over time, I've discovered that most of the leaders I work with gradually acknowledge that they need to know more about organizational leadership than they do. For a while now, TLO's senior Thought Partners have been telling me, often in frustrated tones, that the competitive challenges and disruptive innovations that their departments, their company, and their industry are facing are confronting them with so many diverse, ill-defined issues that, at the end of the day, they feel like they've been dragged through a morass of problems tougher to understand than anything they'd ever imagined. And that they're not exactly sure what to do to about it.
TLO's Educational Experiences sessions address this by exploring four bedrock issues:
The ways in which today's best managerial principles and practices are rapidly evolving away from the 20th Century's basic management ideas (e.g., planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting).
The significant differences that exists between what was the 20th Century's traditional approach to management, and what now has quickly become the 21st Century's new way of managing and leading simultaneously.
Why, in the face of today’s dramatic challenges, senior leaders are discovering that they need to devote a larger share of their time and talents to both managing and leading their departments and organizations, instead of simply trying to cope with the demands to manage their organization's performance that they’re usually faced with.
The surprising complexity of the 21st Century's new leadership and learning skills that senior leaders need to master if they want to simultaneously orchestrate their department’s performance while also doing their part to lead their company’s transformation.
TLO's educational sessions sharpen and expand your understanding of these issues. Then they use these new insights to help you examine which of your current skills and beliefs are, and which are not, dependable guideposts for confronting and responding to the managerial and leadership challenges you're facing at work.
step 3: self-directed learning experiments
The leaders who've completed TLO’s Self-Directed Learning Experiments (SDLE) sessions will tell you that what they learned weren’t standard pre-packaged concepts and techniques about leadership. Rather, they learned about the uniquely personal leadership behaviors and skills that they needed master if they were going to succeed in their specific departmental and organizational environments. This is exactly what you'll learn in your own SDLE sessions.
Ultimately TLO's Self-Directed Learning Experiments are the test-beds that help you develop the unique habits of mind and specific modes of leading and managing that you'll need to develop if, as one of your organization's leaders, you're going to thrive in the years ahead. in your SDLEs you'll develop the conceptual abilities and the leadership and managerial skills that will eventually help you develop a secure platform for your new ways of learning and leading. Over time, TLO's three phased Coaching Consultants Program will produce with and for you the kinds of effective and sustainable leadership and management skills that, in todays world, you should be looking for.