If you’re an individual, a coach or consultant, or a senior leader, and you’re interested in improving your personal or your professional performance, it would help you a great deal if you learned how to do three things:
Improve the essential skills that you already have,
Develop the new skills that your work and your life are asking you for, and
Reframe your outdated modes of thinking in ways let you respond more effectively to today's challenges and opportunities.
If, as an individual, a coach, a consultant, or a senior leader, you want to improve either your professional or your personal performance, or if you’re at a vital crossroads and you don’t know which paths are available let alone which path to choose, then you definitely need to pursue one or more of the three learning journeys identified just above. Here at TLO, I've taken all that I know about experiential and transformational learning, especially techniques like focused attention and deliberate practice, and integrated these components into a comprehensive program that will encourage and support your own particular learning needs. I've titled this program TLO's Coaching Program. Here's a brief description of this program's three basic steps:
step 1: exploratory Conversations
We begin each Coaching Program by inviting you into an exploratory conversation that's designed to introduce us to one another. It’s important for us to assess whether together we might become trustworthy companions for the learning journeys ahead. And to talk a bit about what the tailor-made aspects of your unique learning journeys might be all about, especially what we will need to do to be responsive to both the obstacles and the opportunities you're likely to encounter.
step 2: EDUCATional experiences
In Step 2, we turn our attention to discovering the kinds of educational experiences you need to focus on. In particular, we look to understand more about the personal issues and opportunities that are currently challenging you. And the kinds of opportunities that are asking for something new from you. 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 is worrying you in ways that you never thought possible. Whatever emerges, in Step 2, we we’re looking to create three things:
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 new mental models, learning skills, and behavioral techniques that you'll need if you’re going to successfully complete your learning journey. What we call your Learning Map.
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 at work and in your life. With this information in hand, we move to identify and define the specific issues and opportunities that you know warrant focused, on-going attention.
step 3: skill Development experiments
Your skill development sessions are a mix of three things: In-depth conversations about self-directed learning; Collaborative efforts aimed at designing, rehearsing, and then implementing small, safe-to-fail learning experiments, and; Evaluations of the new habits of mind and associated ways of behaving that emerge out of your learning experiments. When done well, this three step combination creates the kind of supportive experimental and experiential learning environment that you will need to organize and orchestrate your own on-going development.
At TLO, the first exploratory conversation is always free. So, if your ready to develop for yourself the flexible and sophisticated skill-sets and mind-sets you need to survive and thrive in this new 21st Century world of ours, schedule an exploratory conversation. Click the navigation button just below.,