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ARTICLE SHARE: Why Experiential Learning Should be Part of Your Employee Training

Why is experiential learning so effective? Forbes has the answers.

1. Learning by Doing: It’s the best way to improve. Inevitably, we learn by trying things, making mistakes, then doing better the next time.
2. Colleague Bonding and Collaboration: Teams learn how to work together. Communication lines that never existed before have the opportunity to open up.
3. Gaining Self Insights: Experiential learning facilitates opportunities for self-reflection, therefore, improvement.
4. The Philosophers Blessing: Einstein and Aristotle knew and began advocating for “learning by doing” centuries ago.
5. Developing Awareness Behaviors: By working in teams during an experiential learning session, individuals can observe and talk about where their contributions are strong vs. unhelpful.

The bottom line: activities that employ multiple senses and emotional connections when learning leadership skills last and transfer to the workplace. Read more here. Explore our experiential leadership programs here.

ARTICLE SHARE: Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders

Harvard Business Review examines what factors really develop good leaders (and it doesn’t happen through classroom curricula). Their research shows leadership skills transfer to the workplace when they’re taught experientially. The key is to create experiences that build emotional circuits through trying and working through new problems so that when people are back in the workplace setting, they’re able to recall those moments and skills.

We believe the best way to simulate this kind of skill-building is through adventurous experiences in natural and urban settings. See how we create experiential leadership programs here.

ARTICLE SHARE: Putting People First | Leading in an Era of Constant Transformation

A summary of a  TED talk by Jim Hemerling—the discussion centers around a people-first approach to leadership: “Sustainable change and transformation requires inclusive leadership that inspires through purpose, develops people and builds a culture of continuous learning.” CBST adventures takes the people-first approach by designing community impact events, team-building adventures and experiential leadership opportunities that create lasting memories and skills for participants.

ARTICLE SHARE: The New Science of Building Great Teams

In this study by Harvard Business Review, researchers prove communication to be the single most telling predictor of a team’s success. “Not only that, but it is as significant as all the other factors—individual intelligence, personality, skill, and the substance of discussions—combined”. When put to the test, researchers correctly predicted which team would win a business plan contest based on their measured communication abilities.

Through the study, several defining characteristics of highly functional teams were identified:

  1. Group discussion consists of equal and succinct contribution by all.
  2. Conversations occur most often face-to-face and in an animated manner.
  3. Team members seek each other out for discussion, rather than relying on the team leader.
  4. Members seek information outside of the team to provide fresh perspective in problem-solving.

Because of the cache of research proving the importance of communication, CBST Adventures designs its team building experiences around these skills. Events stretch individual’s communication, interpersonal, and problem solving skills to create lasting relationships amongst innovative and engaged teams.

ARTICLE SHARE: There’s No Easy Way to Say This, But Your Employees Hate Your Team-Building Ideas

In this article by Entrepreneur, the myth of traditional team-building being effective is debunked. While a trust-fall can be fun once-in-a-while, this arena is in need of innovation and fresh ideas. Let’s get people excited again: “Effective team-building can build lasting bonds and even workplace friendships. It can re-energize employees and improve morale and productivity.”

CBST Adventures certainly has some ideas. We’re experts in team dynamics, and our engagements are designed to stretch individual’s communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills—all through immersive outdoor experiences. We help companies build a workplace of camaraderie, friendship and personal investment. Entrepreneur would agree that “to really improve morale and team dynamics, [companies should] create scenarios that will build friendships.”

We’ve developed a series of team building and experiential leadership opportunities that get people bonding, high-fiving and making memories all around—scavenger hunts, raft building, Climbing Wall Scrabble Sprawl, all in a day’s work.

Learn more about effective team building by reading the full article and get in touch with us to start planning an event that matters to your company’s long-term success.

ARTICLE SHARE: Forbes Shares 5 Steps to Greater Business Agility

This week’s CBST Adventure’s article share takes on the meaning of “agility” in the business world—the ability to respond to an ever-changing market with confidence and efficiency. This means curating a workplace culture where employees own challenges and become leaders. CBST Adventures is helping to build an economy of agile companies through experiential leadership and team building in the great outdoors of Colorado.

The article can be found HERE.


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