Whether you need to develop personal or professional abilities, or substantially reframe your current worldview and its associated skill-sets, one thing is clear. At some point in time, you’ll have to do five things:
Face up to the persistent confusions, frustrations, and conflicts in your life,
Expand your self-awareness,
Strengthen you ability to self-reflect,
Learn how to design and implement your own self-directed learning experiences, and
Learn how to leverage the new knowledge you’ve acquired and the wisdom your life’s experiences have brought you to organize and launch some new developmental learning experiences.
To support you in this effort, I've taken all that I know about experiential and transformational learning and integrated these elements into a comprehensive developmental coaching program. This program is a 1 : 1 partnership that, when you sign on, is specifically tailored by us to your particular developmental learning needs. I've titled this program, TLO's Developmental Coaching Consultation program. It’s a unique growth and development approach that moves through three distinct steps, each of which is important in its own way. These three steps are; Exploratory Conversations, Conceptual Experiences, and Behavior Development experiments. Here's a brief description of each step:
phase 1: Exploratory CONVERSATIONS
I like to begin every coaching effort by inviting my clients into at least one exploratory conversation. The purpose of this, or these, conversation(s) is threefold: They introduce us to one another. They assess what, in terms of urgency, length, and intensity our learning journey together should look like. And they orient us to the conceptual issues, ideas, and principles that need to be an essential part of our journey. Once we've satisfactorily addressed these three issues, we’re ready to move on. With each new client, the decision to move on or not is theirs to make.
phase 2: Conceptual Experiences
This step addresses two tasks: It establishes the ultimate outcomes that our coaching partnership is designed to accomplish, and it defines the conceptual frameworks and ideas that need to be the orienting guideposts for the experimental learning efforts that will take place in Phase 3. Each coaching partnership is unique, but these conceptual workshops are a common and essential part of each new developmental coaching effort. They serve to orient us to the problems, issues, ideas and principles that will form the foundation for our work together.
Ultimately two "products" come out of this second phase. First is a list of the issues, problems, and challenges that are of concern to you. This list is what I call your Learning Edge Map. Second, is a to-do list that outlines for both of us where, how, and how far you want to go. I call this list our Bridging Document because it provides us with a guide to the learning that lies ahead.
Basically, this conceptual step is designed to orient both of us to the outcomes you’re after, the issues, challenges, and opportunities that are your benchmarks, and the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you’ll need if you’re going to accomplish the outcomes identified in this step. With each new client, the decision about whether they're prepared enough to move on is again theirs to make.
phase 3: Behavioral Development
This step is where you turn toward designing and implementing a variety of real-world learning experiments. It's the step where we, in concrete and practical ways, assess, design, strategize, rehearse, and implement an array of self-directed learning experiments. Experiments that are aimed at testing, in safe but also challenging ways, exactly how you have to change your thinking and your behavior if you’re going to deal with your toughest issues. Experiments that are aimed at helping you organize and launch growth and development efforts that produce deeply seated, long-lasting personal and interpersonal results.
During this third step, the prime question we’ll be asking is whether or not each of the learning experiments we've designed is both safe enough and risky enough to actually show you how to create new ways to think about yourself, the people around you, and the results your actions typically produce. Through these personal learning experiments, you will place yourself in safe but powerful situations that expressly ask you to improvise fresh ways to squeeze new, more viable patterns of behavior out of the problematic situations that, until now, have eluded, stymied, or frustrated you. The ultimate goal here is discovering and developing the kinds of new meaning-making patterns that will let you create the awareness, perspective and skills you need to both adapt and respond effectively in this new unscripted world of ours
THE SIMPLEST OF SUMMARIES
Whether you’re trying to improve existing skills, develop new ones, or reframe outdated beliefs into new meaning-making patterns and a new post-modern mindset, transformational learning takes time. Time to explore, to think through, to practice, practice and then practice some more. It also takes the support of a trusted thought partner, someone who can guide and encourage you through critical learning journey moments. Regardless of whether you're improving an existing skill, developing a new one, or successfully reframing an old belief into a new mode of thinking, the learning journeys you launch will nearly always follow a path marked by risk, loss, and vulnerability.
At Transformational Learning Opportunities, our Developmental Coaching Program is the vehicle we use to address your transformational issues. Whether you’re an individual, a coach, a consultant, or a senior executive, we design our Developmental Coaching Programs in ways that use our new Front-End -- Back-End Learning process to help you develop new, more sophisticated modes of thinking, feeling, and acting. In every instance, we offer you learning partnerships that optimize both you front-end and back-end learning needs through three distinct phases; Exploratory Conversations, Conceptual Experience, and an extensive variety of Self-Directed Learning Experiments. These are the three components that -- when tailored to fit your specific needs interests, and learning styles -- will make it possible to optimize your growth and development.