Excellence Academy 2: Coming Soon!
In Tom Peters we have a master of modern management theory who shares his insights freely in a variety of formats (Books, ebooks, speeches, papers, twitter, blog, website etc). His ideas have high currency, particularly amongst entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and new startups. The list of his literary achievements is long but equally interesting is the impact he has had on how business is done. Over the years we have come across many people who attest to having changed the way they work by Tom’s persuasive and emotional arguments. Many of them speak of life changing transformations.
In TPC, we work with clients who want to adopt these ideas and to inspire others to do the same. Our focus is almost totally on application;-) We find that the problem clients are dealing with is rarely that people lack knowledge – it’s converting knowledge into practice that is usually the difficult part.
The things people tell us they appreciate from our interventions include;
- Getting feedback about current performance
- The chance to debate the relevance of the ideas to them
- Reshaping ideas to deal with their own problems
- Tools that help them come up with new solutions for their situation
- Having a go at a new skill or behaviour
- Getting moral support from fellow students
- Having fun
We’ve been doing this in face-to-face settings for over 25 years, and the Excellence Academy moves this field of activity into virtual space. This gives us the chance to reach a much wider audience and to stay connected as virtual buddies to provoke and support over a longer period of time.
There is a groundswell of thinking about teaching and learning going on at the moment. Russell Ackoff and Daniel Greenburg (Turning Learning the Right Side Up, Roger Schank (Teaching Minds, 2011), 2008) and Zoe Elder (Full On Learning, 2012), all in their own ways advocate approaches to learning that centre on practice not teaching. The age of the internet means that there is no reason for a person to be ignorant about any subject that interests them. Education should focus on helping learners to use this information thoughtfully to achieve goals that matter to them.
To make sure we aren’t just another source of content, our focus in the Excellence Academy will be:
- Challenging peoples’ preconceived beliefs and norms
- Defining fresh challenges for themselves
- Shaping work projects to drive activity from which they can learn
- Provoking, reminding and inspiring them to act and to continue acting
- Reflecting on what they have learned
- Feeling part of a community of learners
- Helping people feel intrinsic reward for their efforts
The Academy will have its own web platform, and the program of activities will spread over 6 months. Its focus will be on supporting people to learn about improving performance in chosen aspects of their work life with the inspiration of Tom Peters to guide us. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.