Development Beyond Learning

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?

G’Day Mate!

Taking a page out of the radio jockey handbook, I’d like to introduce, after the “song’s been played,” Mr. Gary Lear of Sydney Australia, who became my blog’s first guest contributor (March 1st and 27th). I first met Gary and began collaborating with him in 1996 on a software commercialization project. Through a flash of inspiration and the services of LinkedIN, we recently reconnected and discovered a mutual interest in personal and professional development.  We’ve been talking, brainstorming, and planning ever since.  As a result, Development Beyond Learning (DBL) has landed on the shores of North America.

Mr. Lear is a co-founder and the majority owner of DBL, a multinational company that was formed in the year 2000 to provide personal and professional development through education, training, coaching, and mentoring services.  His specialties include: change management, leadership development, and values and direction facilitation.

Gary is also Chairman of the Board at Young Life in Australia, an international Christian youth organization. You can read more about his personal and professional background at LinkedIN and the DBL Website.

If you get a chance to meet Gary in person, you’ll discover a warm, caring gentleman with deep insight, a contagious personality, an engaging style, and a really cool accent!  More importantly, I hope YOU get an opportunity to discover first-hand what a DBL program can do for you and your company or organization.

God bless,

— CC

Development Beyond Learning, USA
937.660.5217 |  CCross@DBLearning.biz | http://www.DBLearning.biz