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?

Better Business Relationships

Professional growth is a personal responsibility and an investment in yourself. But, it’s more than that. It’s an investment in your family, your business, your career, your community, and your future.

Development Beyond Learning is pleased to present: “Better Business Relationships”

Date: Wednesday, April 28th 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Place: Groundz4Living at The Greene (Beavercreek, OH)
Cost: $30
CCross @ DBLearning . biz

You will enjoy inspirational, life-changing concepts and innovative and practical ideas from internationally-known speaker & trainer Gary Lear of Sydney Australia. He will be joined by Clancy Cross, Director of DBL’s North American expansion, and David Wright, The Growth Coach.  Also, each attendee will receive a special gift.

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Knock, Knock — Who’s There?

Every so often, probably more often than we realize, Opportunity comes our way. But, Opportunity is quite the clever one, often teasing us with extra laps around the block and a gentle tap rather than a loud knock. Let me share such a story which began over 13 years ago when Doug Williams of the U.S. EPA introduced me to Geoff Raymond of Sydney, Australia who in turn introduced me to another Aussie named Gary Lear. The connection led to the development of CleanPro, which was based in part on an environmental software tool I helped develop for the EPA. This certainly was an opportunity, but not the one I referred to.

“Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.” — Hugh Allen

About a decade later, Gary dropped by my office during a trip to the U.S. I remember how much fun it was to finally meet him in person, even though I can’t remember the reason for his visit or what we talked about. Being the sentimental person that I am, I took his picture and filed it away. Opportunity was merely making her extra lap that day.

“Opportunity is a bird that never perches.” — Claude McDonald

Because Opportunity prefers tapping to knocking, I’ve learned that it pays to look out the window now and again to see if she’s standing on the front porch. In the late spring of 2008, while sorting through some old papers, I discovered a fax cover sheet with Gary’s name. It was curiosity that caused me to use to look up his contact information. There were actually, two Gary Lears listed in Australia. Thinking to myself, “Why not?” I mentally flipped a coin and dialed. With free international calling, I had nothing to lose. “Hello. Is this the same Gary Lear who worked with UDRI to develop CleanPro? This is Clancy Cross.”

“Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly.” — Frank Tyger

Since that day, when I reconnected with Gary and discovered Opportunity (better known as Development Beyond Learning) I have been blessed to meet some warm, talented, creative, intelligent, and highly motivated people who are now my colleagues and business partners. One of these is a 29-year old entrepreneur named Josh Mackenzie, who will be touring the U.S. beginning with a week at the NACE conference in Las Vegas, a week in Dayton, Ohio, and short stops in Chicago and San Francisco. I am so looking forward to introducing him to the Miami Valley during the week of June 15-19. (Josh’s itinerary is available here.)

Thanks to that fax cover sheet, LinkedIN, and a little curiosity, we are now immersed in an ambitious international expansion project to bring Development Beyond Learning to North America. Funny how Opportunity behaves, “aye mate?”

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” — Benjamin Disraeli

God bless,

— CC

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

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