What is Development Beyond Learning? Those who visit here will recognize it as the name of an international development company, named for the philosophy that there is an important difference between learning and development.
Specifically, what is this “philosophy?” Is this My New Philosophy? Maybe it’s new. Everything is new for someone who is hearing or seeing it for the first time. It certainly is “my philosophy” in the sense that I claim it as my belief. But, I didn’t invent it. Simply stated, development is both learning AND the change that occurs when learning is combined with action, application, and new beliefs, attitudes and behavior patterns. Here is a summary of my thoughts about learning and development:
- Learning without implementation leads to mediocrity.
- Learning without implementation is both incomplete and selfish.
- Development is who we become. Therefore, development without implementation does not exist.
- Learning occurs at events and from life itself. Development is a way of life.
- Much of learning is an accidental response. Development is an intentional cause.
- Learning is both unavoidable and necessary. Development is optional and life-changing.
- Both learning and development are time-consuming, sometimes difficult and painful, rewarding, and always necessary for success.
Development is personal, begining on the individual level. It is also organizational. When enough individuals change, organizational change occurs. Development Beyond Learning, the company, is concerned with both types of development.
On this Thanksgiving Day, while reflecting on the many blessing for which I am thankful, I kept coming back to Development Beyond Learning. I am thankful for the friendships and business relationships with Gary, Josh, Elana, Jackie, and all of my Australian partners as well as for Ohio teammates Terry, David, Michael and numerous friends, allies, clients and collaborators who are passionate and committed to raising the level of leadership in America. I would never have guessed there would be so many committed to this cause and willing to engage with me. I am thankful for the desire I have to continue developing myself, which was kindled by my parents and teachers and continues to be fueled by my family countless others. I am thankful for the opportunity to lead through my writings and through the development programs and workshops we provide.
This post is dedicated to you, hoping you’ll be inspired to rediscover and give thanks for your many blessings today and every day. Will you join me in making development your philosophy and thankfulness your practice?