TLO's personal coaching services for adults

TLO's individual coaching consultation program

If you need or want to accelerate your personal or professional development, at some point you will need to learn how to design and implement your own self-directed learning experiences. Specifically, you'll have to learn how to organize and launch the kinds of personal learning experiences that will:

  • Improve essential skills that you already have,

  • Develop new skills that you need to succeed at work and in your life, and

  • Reframe your outdated modes of thinking in ways let you respond more effectively to today's challenges and opportunities.

I've taken all that that I know about learning, especially techniques like focused attention and deliberate practice, and integrated these elements into a comprehensive personal growth program 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 this program's three basic steps:

step 1: exploratory Conversations

I begin each of my coaching consultation programs by inviting you into an exploratory 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 all about, 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

In Step 2, we turn our attention to discovering the kinds of new 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 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 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 discreet types of work: 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 need to organize and orchestrate your own on-going development.

TLO’s Basic Approach to learning


As we suggested at the top, whenever you need to advance your personal and/or your professional development you, at some point in time, will need to learn how to design and implement your own self-directed learning experiences. Specifically, you'll need to learn how to use the knowledge you’ve acquired through schools and workshops and the personal insights you’ve gained through your own real-world experiences to organize and launch specific, well-designed learning experiences. Here at TLO, this means moving through our three step Front-End/Back-End learning process. This process involves exploratory conversations, conceptual development efforts, and some extensive real-world experimenting that’s aimed at developing new behavioral skills. This three step process is illustrated here and described above. At TLO, our first exploratory conversation is always free so, if you’re curious or even just a little intrigued, arrange an exploratory conversation. Click the navigation button just below.