Training through Experiential Learning
Here are a few reasons you should consider experiential learning, on its own or in conjunction with traditional classroom learning:
Equality: In this unusual environment all participants are equal in their ability to make a unique contribution. The situations and challenges create a state of disequilibrium where people cannot stand behind their normal status, roles and defenses. Where prior experience or status isn’t relevant, the group can reorganize itself around the tasks and processes required to complete the challenge.
Team Building: Working and collaborating on extraordinary challenges, the students will communicate and interact like never before. You will find people get to know and understand one another better and learn what it means to work in a co-operative and trusting environment.
Insight: As the group focuses on solving problems, each individual will project their own management ability and leadership style into the experience. These insights into their styles provide a unique opportunity to shape the team based learning accordingly.
Review: After, the challenges teams are required to evaluate the consequences of their organizational decisions and performance. Each team member reviews themselves, their leadership, problem solving skills, teamwork, communication and management style.
Chaos and Crisis in a Safe
Environment: Where else could your team experience chaos, disorder, crisis and the unexpected in an environment where the consequences for failure are limited? Teams are able to take risks, and to develop strategies and best practices for managing crisis which serve them well when they are placed in a workplace environment.
Cognitive Development: Experiences that involve physical, mental and behavioral dimensions provide a ‘whole body’ learning. Participants develop a shared vision and an ability to see themselves and their team members in a new light. The experience has positive and long-term effects on the dynamic and environment within any workplace.
Fun: Most of all participants have fun. And when they are enjoying themselves they are more open, more creative and more co-operative.
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