To create transformation, it is important to be able to shift focus from the unending flood of happenings to the underlying patterns. It is these patterns that help us discover the processes that drive our behaviour and provide insight into the ways in which we can drive positive change.
We instinctively gravitate to that which is pleasurable, empowering and efficient. If these requirements are fulfilled by a new experience, it replaces old ways of doing things. There is no need to identify the exact problem and create defensiveness to conquer and only then feel that we deserve the ease of being that a functional process brings. Simply put, it complicates learning.
Outdoor training focuses on the patterns. It is effective, because we operate according to our patterns in all circumstances. A resourceful person find ways to get those prime tickets for his girlfriend or to organize a meeting with that elusive but coveted client. A hesitant person hesitates to send his daughter on a month long tour as much as he hesitates to try out a new idea at work. When we change our patterns, we change our life, not just specific problems.
During an outdoor training programme, we take your team out of their work context with its reflex ways of behaving and high stakes and engage them in vivid, spontaneous experiences that create an awareness of these patterns and allow the flexibility to do things differently. We teach nothing. We provide the opportunity to experiment with possibilities and the human being is such that the ones that work get absorbed into the functioning, and influence behaviour in all aspects of life.
Typical team building events can be anything from team building exercises at an exotic resort to a survival experience in the wilderness. It all works as long as the experience is out of the ordinary and has no fixed associations in the minds of the participants. Of course, if you run an extreme sports company, we just might put you into a very formal envoronment
No matter what the overt experience is, the underlying structure is based on David Kolb’s Adult Learning Cycle (which I prefer to call the Experiential Learning cycle). Roughly described, it outlines the process of learning itself where we do something, experience it, reflect on our experience and conceptualize our understanding of it to guide future experiences.
The programme attempts to guide participants through these stages consciously by providing opportunities to do things, inviting awareness of the experience and providing group space where the experience can be verbalized and the reflection and conceptualization be facilitated.
This facilitation is done by a person called a facilitator, who, in Wide Aware, is Vidyut. If you haven’t thought about corporate off-sites beyond logistics and dramatic activities (which keep becoming a bigger and bigger challenge) you may want to explore how you can take the whole thing to a totally new level. Call up Vidyut and see what possibilities emerge.