As a TLO thought partner, I work with individuals, coaches, consultants, and executives. With each learning to learn client, I’m concerned with two related issues: First, with helping them discover the habitual modes of thinking, feeling and acting that currently shape and drive their lives; and second with helping them understand where, when, and how to apply the leverage that experiential learning, transformational learning, and learning partnerships can bring to their personal and professional development efforts.
TLO’S APPROACH TO LEARNING
In this new world of ours, it’s clear that our most important learning objectives is, at base, learning how to transform the new knowledge we’ve acquired into the new, more sophisticated modes of thinking, feeling, and acting we need if we’re going to cope with the uncertainties and complexities this new century of ours is pressing on us. In short, if we really want to develop the complex new skills that this century is demanding of us, each of us needs to be capable of implementing this learning equation:
"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning Experiments = Successful Personal and Professional Development"
At TLO, we're well aware of this equation’s importance. It’s why we’re so focused on helping you develop your own personal learning skills. I’s why, when the learning task in front of you is translating the “Front-End” knowledge you already have or are in the process of developing into the kinds of “Back-End” personal and professional skillsets most appropriate for the complexities you’re currently facing, we’re encouraging you to learn how best to translate your Front-End Knowledge into the Back-End mindsets and skillsets you need to succeed.
TLO’S LEARNING-TO-LEARN PROGRAMS
To do this, we use the 21st Century learning equation shown above as our foundational model for the three learning-to-learn programs we offer. Each of these programs is just like the other, except that each one is progressively more thorough and complete an opportunity for you to learn how to take the knowledge you already have or create the new knowledge you need and turn it into the mindsets, perspectives and skill sets you need:
Exploratory Learning-to-Learn Conversations:- At TLO, we offer Exploratory Learning-to-Learn Conversations. These sessions generally are 2 to 4 hours long. They offered to help individuals who are curious learn about the strengths and weaknesses they have as an adult learner, and what new learning-to-learn skills they’ll need to develop if they’re going to consciously manage your own learning. These exploratory conversations are free.
Learning-to-Learn Conversations:- At TLO, we offer Introductory Learning-to-Learn Conversations. These sessions generally are 2 to 4 hour dialogues that are designed to help you explore the strengths and weaknesses you have as an adult learner and discover the new learning-to-learn skills you’ll need to develop if you’re going to consciously manage your own learning. During these introductory conversation(s), we explore with you the strengths and weaknesses of you natural learning style, and the new skillsets you’ll need to develop for effective self-directed learning. These new skillsets could include techniques like mindfulness, critical reflection, conceptual association, conceptual integration, and purposeful experimentation. We explore all this in a way that’s broad and deep enough for you to grasp the kinds of learning skills you should be looking to develop. My fee for an Introductory Learning-to-Learn conversation is $250.00 per hour.
Learning-to-Learn Workshops:- These workshops are either one day Learning-to-Learn off-sites or a short series of two hour Virtual Learning-to-Learn Workshops. In either format, these workshops are designed to help you discos your learning strengths and weaknesses and master all the new experiential and transformative skills you need in order to design, initiate, and evaluate your own learning-to-learn efforts. The specific skills necessary for effective self-directed learning, like mindfulness, critical reflection, conceptual association, conceptual integration, and purposeful experimentation, are explored in detail so that you can truly comprehend the work that needs doing to you’re mastering our own self-development. When we schedule our Learning-to-Learn work as a one day Learning-to-Learn off-site, my fee is $750.00. When we schedule our work as a series of Virtual Learning-to-Learn Workshops, my fee is $1500.00
Learning-to-Learn Programs:- Our Learning-to-Learn Programs are designed to help you develop the new learning skills you need if you’re going to effectively address your own specific developmental needs. Our Learning-to-Learn Programs are conceptual and experiential adventures that are designed jointly, implemented by you, and supported by me. Overall these programs are designed to rewire and retrain your mind and your brain. Initially, you will develop the experiential and transformative learning concepts, skills, and techniques you must have – like Mindfulness, Critical Reflection, Conceptual Association, Conceptual Integration, and Purposive Experimentation – if you’re going to foster your own growth and development. To create a Learning-to-Learn Program tailored to your particular needs and interests, it’s important for us to jointly design an approach that respects and acknowledges the mutual advantages that come with an on-going developmental partnership. Accordingly, my fee for any long-term Learning-to-Learn partnership should be determined by us, and should depend on each of our needs, interests and availability, as well as the intensity of the work we want to do together and the length of time we believe it will take us to complete it. When we agree on the shape of and the scope of the work we want to do, it’s been my experience that developing an appropriate learning partnership agreement comes as a natural byproduct of our mutual understandings.
I work from my home office in Irvine, California. Of course, I can also work in your home or office, wherever you're most comfortable. The decision about where we work is mutual, agreed to on the basis of what’s most equitable. Virtual thought partnering is possible. All conversations are usually scheduled at least a few days in advance -- generally at the conclusion of a meeting. Our conversations can be as brief as a few minutes, or as long as a couple of hours. Workshops are usually scheduled two weeks or more in advance.
It’s my experience that Learning-to-Learn conversations, workshops and experiments, especially when they're concerned with complex dynamics, need a regular cadence. Consequently, I like to talk with you at a frequency that's right for you, but also respects the urgency and the demands of the issues we’re working on. At a minimum, I would expect to connect with you for at least one meeting per month.
If we meet via phone or video, I prefer Skype or Go To Meeting. Google Hangouts also possible. For me, video isn't necessarily preferable to phone; they're simply different media with different pros and cons. I prefer we evaluate the media preferences we bring to the table and together agree on the communications channels we decide to use