Dr. Miranda Fernande Walichowski, founder and principal of MiraNous Coaching and Consulting, LLC, posits a challenge to businesses, organizations, and institutions.
That challenge is a call for businesses, organizations, and institutions to pick-up where preschool to college education (PK-16) left-off.
Some may think that professional and personal development is the responsibility of the employee and not the responsibility of those who employ them.
However, the new economy (as we transition from a knowledge economy to a human economy) will reward organizations who know how to leverage and distinguish themselves via their most valuable resource – their human capital, as a collective body. The most important investment any organization can make is investing in the development of their human capital.
Imagine what is possible for an organization if each an every individual developed and refined him or herself to be an instrument of meaningful contribution. Imagine what would happen to the climate and culture of an organization in which everyone was striving to step-into a higher-version of themselves.
As an organization invests in every employee, the unrealized potential of the organization will be unleashed. The question becomes how. How can an organization (especially a small or medium-sized business) provide development opportunities that make a difference and deliver these across the organization? Research affirms that despite US organizations spending over $165 billion in training and development, there is dissatisfaction with these efforts.
Traditional professional development can be: (1) disconnected from the organization’s vision, mission, and goals; (2) lacking in evidence-based practices; (3) devoid of data that helps measure the progress of each participant; (4) broad but lacking depth; (5) lacking in on-going support to ensure implementation; (6) not aligned with evidence-based practices of effective adult learning; (7) something an employee does out of compliance but with no buy-in; (8) delivered as an isolated event such as one-time workshop or retreat; (9) specific to professional competencies while ignoring personal development (that is integral to development of a persona as a whole).
Here are highlights of feedback from a group coaching program at an institution of higher education. Participants were faculty and staff.
“Never had an experience like this, where the focus is on taking a self-journey and learning by witnessing others on that journey. Other PDs are a space where people talk at you, into overload, and they do not take everyone into account.”
“As a result of this experience, I have become more confident, attentive, decisive, gained clarity in the direction I need to go in, bolder in thoughts and ideas. I have raised expectations of personal growth.”
“This professional and personal development experience was much more engaging and valuable than any development I’ve ever done; because you are actively engaged in sharing it feels more rewarding than traditional professional development.”
“This experience allows you to take a deeper look into yourself with a supportive group having a support system while bringing in a change is a great help, not feeling vulnerable but supportive.”
“This program has given me tremendous growth in a short period of time, and I feel like it would benefit everyone. The program helped me be a better professional and a better person.”
At MiraNous, it is our mission to provide professional development that catalyzes professional and personal development, so that individuals are better equipped to make a more significant and meaningful impact in their workplace and the world.
Moreover, our programming is specifically designed to support small and medium-sized businesses that may not have in-house or all-encompassing, Learning and Development departments. No longer, is high-quality, evidenced-based, customized, personalized development, reserved for top leadership in your organization. With our approach, we help organizations and businesses develop everyone – because everyone matters.
We seek to partner with progressive organizations that are ready to make a unique commitment to developing their human capital as a matter of social responsibility and wise business acumen. With our solutions for teams, groups, and leaders we can help a committed organization or business mature into their highest-potential.
Mira in Spanish means “see.” Nous means “wisdom, common sense, mind, intellect,” and in French, it means “us.” Let’s work together and see the wisdom that ensues!
Contact us to begin a conversation and discern how MiraNous can help you achieve your business and organizational goals. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979-739-8299.
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