5 Game-Changing Ideas Innovative Adult-ed programs Promote to Make Sure Their Learners Succeed

The true mission of adult education is to take learners closer to their dreams and  innovative adult-ed programs know how to get the job done. Really?

Yes, they do. How do they do that, you may ask?  

See, innovative adult-ed programs’ administrators know learners must develop soft and salable skills if they want to compete in the marketplace. Therefore, these programs offer students the learning opportunity to do just do.

What I am saying is leaders that run innovative adult-ed programs focus essentially on taking learners beyond compliance testing. They lead students to  true learning focusing the following game-changing ideas.

Let’s go over them one by one.

1- Self-control and emotional intelligence (EQ)

Why? EQ is one of the most important skills in the job market. People who can control their emotions almost always stand out from the crowd and are able to maintain a sharp focus―that leads to success.  

To quote Travis Bradberry: “EQ is so critical to success that it accounts for 58 percent of performance in all types of jobs. It’s the single biggest predictor of performance in the workplace and the strongest driver of leadership and personal excellence.”

Recommended Resource: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

2- Systems work better that goals. 

Why? Reaching a goal is a one time event. Using a system is building habits that last. Therefore, students will be better off if they learn to build effective and efficient systems that help them attend classes and study regularly, fail well, learn fast and get things done quickly.  

“Losers have goals. Winners have systems.” ― Scott Adams

Recommended Resource: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams

3- Ego Is the Enemy. 

Why? This point is somehow related to the first one. Ego will hold learners back, preventing them from working well with and learning from other people, unless they know how put it under control. To be specific, with humility learners will remain grounded and therefore accomplish more.

“Ego is the enemy of what you want and of what you have: Of mastering a craft. Of real creative insight. Of working well with others. Of building loyalty and support. Of longevity. Of repeating and retaining your success. It repulses advantages and opportunities. It’s a magnet for enemies and errors. ” ― Ryan Holiday

Recommended Resource:  Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

4- Make obstacles the way. 

Why? Point # 4 is related to point 2. Adult students should learn how to build systems that enable them to face life challenges instead of running away or giving up on their dreams. In other words, they must develop mental toughness, resilience― and grit.

Like Marcus Aurelius put it: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Recommended Resource :The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday  

5- The difference between growth and fixed mindset

Why? Students who have a growth mindset know they can change their situation with hard work and persistence. Therefore, they are more likely to push through barriers― and use obstacles to fuel their desire to succeed.

“Many growth-minded people didn’t even plan to go to the top. They got there as a result of doing what they love. It’s ironic: The top is where the fixed-mindset people hunger to be, but it’s where many growth-minded people arrive as a by-product of their enthusiasm for what they do.”― Carol S. Dweck

Recommended Resource: Mindset:The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck  


Please do me a favor. Share these ideas with adult-ed professionals in your network. And go change your learners for the better!

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The coach
 

Teddy Edouard is a Learning Consultant & an Instructional Coach with a passion for Teaching, Learning, and Cognitive Science. He is on a mission to help institutions, teachers, and training professionals maximize the effectiveness of their instructional and non-instructional interventions. Teddy translates adult learning theories and other research into ready-to-use classroom teaching tips and strategies for the benefits of adult learners and instructors.

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