We all have blind spots when it comes to our own abilities, and they represent our opportunities to adjust our behaviors, improve our performance and get better results. But how can we act on our opportunities if we can’t see them? Enter experiential learning…the Signature Teambuilding way.
We believe that experiential learning is truly the most effective way to facilitate learning. It acknowledges that learning is a process—one that we all experience naturally given the right context, conditions and support. As I have posted previously, the very thing that has always been one of our greatest strengths and differentiators has also made for a bit of an uphill business climb, given the negative connotation that ‘experiential learning’ has for some—that is, until they experience ‘the experiential difference’ and become converts to Signature Teambuildings approach! So, let’s put experiential learning into context; what it is, and what it’s not:
Experiential Team Building IS…
- A LEARNING ACCELERANT
- LEARNING THROUGH DOING
- A POWERFUL TEACHER
- A RISK-FREE PROVING GROUND
- MULTI-FACETED AND HOLISTIC
- HIGHLY TARGETED
- PREDICTABLE IN ITS OUTCOMES
Experiential Learning IS NOT…
- GOOFY, UNCOMFORTABLE, ONLY SUITED TO THE EXTROVERT
- ACTIVITY FOR ACTIVITY’S SAKE
- PROP-BASED DEMONSTRATION
- HIGHLY PHYSICAL, UNNERVING CHALLENGES WITH LOOSE BUSINESS PARALLELS AT BEST
The experiential learning model we use is a cyclical process that guides and supports the learner on their journey of self-discovery, often taking them by surprise, and systematically delivers them to a “Point of Choice” – they had the experience, they see the opportunities and they know what to do to change their behaviors, enhance their performance and create different results.
Experiential learning is truly the most effective and efficient way to engage your people, improve performance and drive business impact. In mere hours it can deliver insights, motivation and practical skills that could otherwise take days, weeks and months to acquire via traditional or ‘on-the-job’ training. Add to this that it’s fun, memorable, immersive, targeted, transformative, predictable, holistic, risk-free, self-perpetuating, proven, powerful…and how we all learn—and the case for experiential learning seems every bit as strong today as it was when we got our start in 1980!