At Transformational Learning Opportunities, we know five important things about 21st Century learning:
First, that your high school diplomas, college degrees, and best-in-class third-party training certificates are essential ‘first steps.’
Second, that, by themselves, formal classroom-based 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.
Third, that personal and professional expertise never arises immediately or directly out of any classroom-based instruction.
Fourth, that 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 from your ability to personally transform this new knowledge into expert skills.
Fifth, that this combination of knowledge and skills develops fully only through long periods of real-world testing and experimentation, both on the job and in our lives.
These five insights add up to one primary conclusion. In addition to knowing where, when, and how to acquire a relevant, high-quality education, you also need to know when, where, and how to design and implement your own self-directed learning projects. Together, knowledge acquisition and skill development are the learning skills that have emerged as the 21st Century’s most essential skills. These are two pivotal skillsets that, in combination, are precisely what each of us needs these days. It’s clear that real learning is about two things: First, developing the knowledge that’s best suited to your life and your work, and second, transforming these new conceptual resources into the kinds of sophisticated modes of thinking, feeling, and acting that will allow you to cope with the uncertainties and complexities that 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 all of it into the mindsets, perspectives 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 learned 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 skepticism. As a result, we’ve discovered that, up front, it’s useful to start 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 their own learning strengths and weakness. And a little about the best ways to develop the new knowledge and the relevant expertise that our work and our 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.