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If, as an individual, a coach, or a senior leader you’re interested in improving your personal or your professional performance, you eventually will need to know how to do three things:

  • Strengthen the key skills you already have,

  • Develop the new skills your work and your life are asking for, and

  • Reframe your outdated ways of understanding the world that you’ve living and working in so you can respond more effectively to the 21st Century’s new challenges, threats, and opportunities.

If you’re serious about improving either your personal or professional performance, the best move you can make for yourself is to reach out to someone for support and guidance. But take note; this someone can’t be just anybody. Rather, he or she must be someone you trust. Someone who knows how important it is for them to really be with you during your most important learning journeys. 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 tools into a comprehensive coaching process that’s designed to fully support you throughout your individual learning efforts.

Here's a brief description of TLO’s personal coaching process. This process is the foundation for our work. Overall, it’s designed to help you do two things: Choose which one of the three learning journeys listed above is right for you, and then; design and launch this particular learning journey in the most effective ways possible.

The TLO Coaching Process

Phase 1: Exploratory Conversations

I like to begin each coaching process by inviting you into an exploratory conversation that's designed to introduce us to one another. It’s important for us to assess how together we can become trustworthy companions for the learning journey ahead. And, to talk a bit about which of the three learning journey’s listed above is best for you: i.e., Are you interested in; (a) Improving your existing skills, (b) Building new skills for your new challenges, or (c) Reframing some of your current beliefs and modes of action. We also, in our exploratory conversations, need to talk some about what the key aspects of your unique learning journeys are likely to include, especially what we will need to do if we want to be responsive to both the difficulties and the opportunities that you're likely to encounter.

Phase 2: growth-edge Explorations

In Phase 2, we turn our attention to two foundational issues. The first issue involves learning more about your “developmental edges.” Typically, we accomplish this through an informal a number of “growth-edges” conversations. Through these exploratory conversations, we look to understand more about the personal issues that are currently challenging you, the contexts in which these issues are showing up in your life, and the kinds of developmental opportunities these growth-edge issues are pointing you toward. 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, 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 Phase 2, through our growth-edge conversations we’re looking to create four things:

  • An outline of your current life's troubles, triumphs, and opportunities, alongside a deeper understanding of the triggers and signs that activate the meaning-making processes you tend to use in these three experiences. This is what we call your Developmental Edges Map.

  • An initial decision about whether your first priority is improving one 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.

Phase 3: growth-edge experiments

In Phase 3, 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.

getting started…

At TLO, our first exploratory conversation is free. If you’re 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 by clicking the navigation button just below. If, instead, you’d rather arrange a personal demonstration to get a closer look at exactly what and how we do what we do, click the “arrange” navigation button below. We’ll get right back to you.