If you’re an individual, a coach/consultant, or a senior leader, and you’re interested in improving your personal or your professional performance, these days you need to know 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Reframe your outdated modes of acting in ways let you respond more effectively to the challenges and opportunities that are consistently frustrating you.
If, as an individual, a coach/consultant, or senior leader, you want to improve your professional or your personal performance, and you don’t know which paths are available, let alone which path to choose, then you probably need to pursue at least one of these three learning journeys. If, in addition to not knowing which learning pathway is yours, and your learning skills are something other than fully developed, then you would be well served if you reached out for some support and guidance from a coach or thought partner.
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 coaching program that both encourages and supports your own particular learning needs. Here's a brief description of what’s involved in TLO’s coaching program and how it will help you choose the right learning journey for yourself:
step 1: exploratory Conversations
I 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 whatever learning journey is ahead. And, to talk a bit in general about which type of learning journey is the one you should choose: Improving your existing skills, building new skills for your new challenges, or reframing your current beliefs and modes of action. Finally we should talk some 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 excursions
In Step 2, we turn our attention to selecting the specific type of learning experiences you need to focus on. In particular, we look to understand more about the personal issues that are currently challenging you, the contexts in which they are showing up in your life, and the kinds of opportunities that are asking for something new from you. Perhaps you're frustrated 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 are looking to create four things:
An outline of your current life's troubles, triumphs, and opportunities alongside the triggers and signs that tend to activate the meaning-making processes you use with these three experiences. This is what we call your Growth Edges Map.
An initial decision about whether your first priority is improving our or more of your existing skills, learning some specific new skills, or reframing some of your outmoded ways seeing your troubles and opportunities. This is what we call your Launch Decision.
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. This is 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; This is 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
All 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 finally, 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 learning environment that you will need in order 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.,