Okay. The conference was great. Her workshop was stimulating. His presentation was mind-blowing. But what did you really learn?
We recently attended the Australian Human Resources Institute conference for a professional and personal boost.
Although it is likely you did not attend this conference or listen to this keynote, it is likely you will have attended a workshop, read a book, or watched a video on Youtube recently. Right?
But how do you take what you’ve learned from opportunities like this and make them real in your world? We suggest using a pathway known as the TetraPath of Learning will make a big difference.
We demonstrate this below in a 5-minute read. (Choose to explore the links and allow yourself 15 minutes).
We take a look at Lynda Gratton’s keynote on The 100-year life—and explore its impact. For a quick insight into the findings here’s a short video from the London Business School.
Note: The 100 Year Life was shortlisted on September 9th for the Financial Times book of the year.
Why did this presentation matter to me?
Louise Duncan, GM TetraMap International:
I’d be happy to live till 100—so I was intrigued and curious. Having a job I love, and now being in my mid 50’s I find it hard to imagine a traditional retirement. I was looking to learn ways to combine my interests, extend my love of learning, and think about ways to retain some income. How can I enjoy life, remain healthy and afford to be 100 years old? Lynda’s keynote engaged me from the get-go, her style, content, and value was excellent. I rushed to the book signing and picked up one of the last copies for sale at the conference.
Robyn Walshe, Master TetraMap Facilitator:
I missed Lynda Gratton’s live presentation. And while I did catch some snippets from the Exhibition space, my chance to really absorb her powerful message came from AHRI’s website the post-conference catch-up opportunity provided for delegates. I have a particular interest in work—people in the wrong job, re-shaping your job to match your passion and the dramatic changes in how work actually works in this decade. (Click here for my e-book and worksheets.) So for me, this presentation was probably the most important one from all the conference had lined up.
How did we make the gems and insights work for us?
TetraMap has a particularly insightful way of looking at learning opportunities. We call it the TetraPath of Learning. The TPoL provides a sequential approach which demonstrates the flow from experience to reflection, to generalisation and envisioning —all in the context all in an application of learning context. The four Elements of Nature provide the pathway:
The TetraPath of Learning
Let’s take you through the TPoL and show you how we turned this session into huge value for each of us. (Some of the points below are generic, and some are personal to either Louise (L), or Robyn (R).)
What did I experience; action or observe?
What, on reflection, is the real significance here? What conversations and thinking have followed?
Where else does what I now understand apply? How does it compare to what I already know? Where else might it add insight?
If I took this into the future – what might it change? What might a different future look like? How can we respond to the opportunities?
For us, using the TetraPath of Learning as a way to embed learning has extended the value of this conference session massively.
The diagram and key questions above will guide you. You’ll find your own thinking is extended and the application of this new knowledge becomes more real in your context. We’d love to hear your comments – about this or any other session that’s boosted your learning and insights.