As mentioned in a prior post, the Pathways Core Topics are the entry point into the Pathways Framework. The topics here are the first set of topics a seeker should become familiar with and attempt to master before moving on. It is assumed that the seeker has already gained competency and mastery in their chosen area of expertise.

Becoming familiar with the material gives the mentor and the seeker a common language and example set from which to build upon. In this post, I’ll describe the topics to a more detailed degree to give the reader a feel for what is involved in learning the core topics and getting ready for the initial assessment.

The core topics are:

  • The Business of Paradigms, Discovering The Future – Dr. Joel Barker
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Dr. Stephen Covey
  • RESET – Applied Critical Thinking
  • The Pathways Framework
  • The Professional Development Assessment

 

The Business of Paradigms, Discovering The Future

In this core topic, Dr. Barker’s work on paradigms and how they work are examined, and the lessons learned are brought into focus. Whether you agree with the definitions and conclusions are beside the point, while they may be interesting in and of themselves,  they are the beginning of building a common language and a common set of ideas from which to expand. Dr. Barker offers a book and video training. The seeker should read the book, view the video and have a discussion with the mentor. This exercise can be done in a group if desired, and can be split into multiple sessions.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

In this core topic, Dr. Covey’s framework for personal and interpersonal mastery are examined. There is a book, audio books, videos and a variety of material (including books on other topics) as well as seminars available. The seeker should read the book and do the exercises recommended at the end of each chapter. This exercise can be done in a group if desired, and should be split into 10 or more sessions to discuss the material, review the results of the exercises and build some lessons learned.

RESET – Applied Critical Thinking

In this core topic, a collection of short videos and discussions challenge what we know, expand our view of possibility, examine the question “What’s Next” and help build world class teamwork skills. The seeker will view the powerpoint presentations and videos as well as participate in group discussions to further develop lessons learned and reset their worldview and selected paradigms. RESET is best viewed in 6 or more sessions.

The Pathways Framework

In this core topic, the Framework of the Pathways program is laid out for the seeker. The goal is to attain familiarity with the different streams and be prepared for assessment. The seeker will view the powerpoint presentations and discuss interests with the mentor. The Framework can be covered in a single session, with the seeker able to do whatever homework/research necessary to prepare for assessment.

The Pathways Assessment

In this core topic, the seeker and mentor do a joint-assessment of how to approach the pathways streams. The next phase of the Pathways program is tailored to the individual seeker based on seeker preference after a mentoring session to present options and provide feedback. Suggested approaches are:

  • One from each stream (across)
  • Deep Dive (all activities within a stream)
  • Popcorn (scattershooting, picking the ones of the most interest)
  • Strengths (concentrating on improving what the seeker is already good at)
  • Weaknesses (concentrating on shoring up skills determined to be lacking)

The assessment can be completed in one session.

Upon completion of the core topics, the seeker will be familiar with the principles embodied in the core topics, have a strategy for working on the next phase of the Pathways process, and be able to facilitate the core topics and act as a mentor to the next generation of seekers.

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