TLO'S coaching consultation program
If, as a coach or consultant, you want to deepen and extend your professional skills, at some point you will have to learn how to design and implement your own self-directed learning experiences. Formal educational programs and professional development workshops are useful. But, no matter how good your “front-end” educational programs are, at some point you will have to know how to use your own life experiences to organize and launch the kinds of personalized learning efforts that will:
Improve the coaching and consultation skills you already have,
Develop the new coaching and consultation skills you need to develop if you’re going to succeed, and
Reframe your outmoded ways of perceiving and interpreting your clients needs and interests.
I've taken all that I know about experiential and transformational learning methods, i.e., techniques like focused attention, deliberate practice, and experiential learning, and integrated these elements into a comprehensive learning program for coaches and consultants that can be tailored to encourage and support your own particular learning needs. I've titled this program TLO's Coaching Consultation Program. Here's a brief description of its three basic steps:
step 1: introductory CONVERSATIONS
TLO begins each one of its Coaching Consultation Programs for Coaches and Consultants 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 coaching and consulting issues and opportunities that you’re currently facing. Perhaps you avoid conflict. Or maybe some new technological disruption is worrying your clients in a way that is confounding you. Whatever your developmental issues are, in TLO’s educational sessions we will ask you fundamental questions like, Which of your current presumptions, assumptions, and habitual modes of thinking are currently limiting your effectiveness?, Which habits of mind are you currently using to assure your effectiveness? and, What professional and personal issues do you think are your pivotal growth edges? All are questions that, with appropriate support and encouragement, will focus your attention on thinking deeply about the precepts, presumptions, and beliefs driving your work.
Through the educational experiences we create with you, we will help you address these questions by focusing on the family-of-origin assumptions that currently govern your coaching or consulting practices. We also examine the mindset problems created by your old 20th Century precepts, especially those that currently constrain your coaching and consulting practices. Finally, we look at whether the 21st Century's most disruptive innovations, trends, and conflicts might be asking you to learn how to consciously redesign and remake your brain's neurobiological networks. These conversations produce a deeper, more sophisticated understanding of your professional growth edges. And an understanding of what, as a coach or consultant, you must do to discover, design, and develop for yourself the new modes of thinking and acting that will extend these edges.
step 3: self-directed Learning experiments
Self-Directed Learning Experiments (SDLEs) are the heart of TLO's experiential learning efforts. It's here in these experimental sessions where you learn how to use the experiential and transformational learning methodologies and tools you need to develop your own and your clients' mindsets.
TLO supports this learning in three ways:
In-depth conversations about your learning styles, your mindset mismatches, and your transformational learning opportunities;
Extensive design sessions that help you create safe-to-fail Self-Directed Learning Experiments (SDLEs); and
The implementation of multiple safe-to-fail SDLEs that you've designed to carefully, thoroughly, and sustainably develop new mindsets and their associated skillsets.
Over time, these in-depth conversations, careful designs, extensive rehearsals, and real-life learningexperiments create the kinds of real world tests that allow you to "experiment your way" into rewiring your own brain's architecture. This, in turn, creates for you the new self-sustaining modes of thinking and behaving you're looking for. When done well, this combination of in-depth dialogues, careful test designs, extensive rehearsals, and repetitive safe-to-fail real-world experiments creates the kind of supportive environment you need to organize and direct your own development. The results you end up creating are new, more expansive and sophisticated neurobiological networks in your brain and mind that over time slowly become the skills you're looking to develop.