At Transformational Learning Opportunities, we know five important things about 21st Century learning:
Your high school diplomas, college degrees, and best-in-class third-party training certificates reflect essential ‘first steps.’
By themselves, these educational accomplishments can’t guarantee that you will develop the new modes of thinking and the new personal and professional skillsets you need to thrive in today’s world; in today’s VUCA world, knowing is not doing.
Personal and professional expertise never arises immediately or directly out of any classroom-based instruction.
The kinds of personal and professional expertise that works in today’s real world always has to be discovered in the knowledge that comes from high quality educational experiences and most importantly from your ability to personally transform your new knowledge into expert skills.
This combination of knowledge and skill development emerges fully only through long periods of real-world testing and experimentation, both on the job and in your life.
These five insights add up to one crucial conclusion: In addition to knowing where, when, and how to acquire new knowledge, as a 21st Century learner you also must know when, where, and how to implement your own self-directed learning projects. “Knowledge acquisition” and “skill development,” in combination, are this century’s basic, most valuable learning skills. These two skillsets, when integrated, are the ones that each of us needs these days. In the 21st Century, real learning is about two things: Developing the knowledge your life and your work are asking you for; and transforming your new conceptual resources into the kinds of sophisticated behavioral skills that will allow you to cope with the uncertainties and complexities that now define the 21st Century. Bottom line, if you want to develop the expertise that this new century of our is demanding, you need to be capable of implementing this learning equation:
"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning Experiments = Successful Personal and Professional Development"
Using this equation as our foundation, we offer three distinct front-end/back-end learning-to-learn programs. Each is a progressively more advanced opportunity for you to learn how to take the knowledge you have and the new knowledge you’re developing and turn it all into the mindsets and skillsets you need:
Learning-to-Learn Conversations:- These introductory conversations are 2 hour dialogues that are designed to help us explore your strengths and weaknesses as an adult learner. They’re also designed to identify the new learning skills you’ll need to develop if you’re going to consciously manage your own learning. During this introductory dialogue, 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 will include techniques like mindfulness, critical reflection, conceptual association, conceptual integration, and purposeful experimentation. We explore all these techniques in a way that’s broad and deep enough for you to grasp the kinds of learning skills you should be looking to develop.
Learning-to-Learn Workshops:- These workshops are either a one day off-site, or a series of two virtual workshops that are designed to help you discover your learning strengths and weaknesses, and explore all the new experiential and transformative skills you need 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 if you’re going to master your own self-development.
Learning-to-Learn Programs:- These programs are expanded learning-to-learn workshops that include a variety of real-world experiments focused on defining, developing, and using your new learning skills so that you can effectively and successfully manage your own development. These learning-to-learn programs are designed jointly, implemented by you, and supported by me. Each learning experiment is designed to rewire and retrain your mind and your brain. You will use the experiential and transformative skills and techniques you’ve mastered -– specific skills like Mindfulness, Critical Reflection, Conceptual Association, Conceptual Integration, and Purposive Experimentation -– to accelerate your development. These real-world experiments are the time and the place where you rehearse and refine your personal and professional learning experiments until you’re confident in your mastery of the learning skills and techniques you’ll need to accomplish your unique work and life goals.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve discovered that each person who joins our learning-to-learn programs comes to us with different learning skills and different developmental needs. Many who join us also bring with them a good measure of complacency and/or skepticism. As a result, we’ve discovered that, up front, it’s useful to start our learning-to-learn programs with one or more conversations that explore why and how the world-wide sense of uncertainty, the accelerating rates of change, and the unprecedented levels of complexity that we’re all now facing are powerful reasons why each of us needs to learn at least a little about the strengths and weaknesses of their own learning skills. And a little about the best ways to develop the new knowledge and the relevant expertise that their work and their lives require.
We know how challenging our approach to learning is. Our own experience has show us that the kinds of learning we’re describing always takes time. Time to explore, to think through, to practice, practice and then practice some more. It also takes the support of a trusted coach and thought partner, someone who can guide you through all the obstacles and tipping points you’ll encounter during your learning journeys. Regardless of whether you want to improve an existing skill, develop a new one, or successfully reframe an old belief into a new mode of thinking, all your learning journeys will follow a path that’s marked by risk, loss, and vulnerability. Which is why these days, all of us all of the time, need a coach/thought partner to support and encourage our learning efforts. Click the navigation button below to schedule an exploratory conversation that will help you define your distinct learning-to-learn needs and interests. If you’d rather arrange a personal demonstration that would help you get a closer look at how we do what we do, click the “arrange” navigation button below. We’ll get right back to you.