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: 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.

 

ARTICLE SHARE: Harvard Business School Academic Paper on Leadership as a Form of ‘Natural Self-Expression’

This week’s CBST Adventure’s article share is taking on more of an academic focus than usual. Harvard Business School has a paper out discussing leadership as a natural form of ‘self-expression’ in hopes of developing leaders that are good at spontaneity and using their intuition.

Additionally, the paper also makes the case for leadership curriculum to be experienced in addition to it also being taught in the classroom. 

The article can be found HERE.

ARTICLE SHARE: ‘Let Your Workers Rebel’ Says Pixar and Harvard School of Business

It’s no secret that employee engagement is quite low in the US (32%) and even lower worldwide (13%). And according to Gallup, these numbers haven’t changed since the early 2000’s. The big question is ‘Why?’

Pixar and Harvard Business School (HBS) think it has to do with the fact that too many employees are expected to conform to the status quo. As a result, HBS estimates that less than 10% of employees work for company that regularly encourage non-conformity. As a result, people gradually lose sight of their individuality and their unique talents, resulting in lower engagement, productivity, and innovation. Not a good state of affairs.

In response to current workplace’s abundance of conformity, HBS has recently published a fascinating (and lengthy!) article discussing the perils of not letting employees ‘rebel.’ This article is a truly enlightening read and offers some innovative suggestions for leaders including simply ‘letting employees be themselves’ to ‘encouraging employees to bring out their signature strengths.’

We highly encourage to enjoy this article along with the companion video featuring Pixar’s CEO Ed Catsmull, who shares that as part of Pixar’s on-boarding process, new employees learn about Pixar’s shortcomings over the years so they taught right away that it’s ok to fail.

Click here to read the full article. And if you’re interesting in learning how your team can incorporate these leadership practices in your company, reach out to us. 

Kellogg School of Business Says ‘The Best Leadership Training is Immersive’

No matter how many employees your company has, it probably doesn’t have an abundance of leaders. At least, not yet. Such is the reason for providing leadership development opportunities to employees. Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business shares this opinion in their recent article titled ‘Four Strategies for Cultivating Strong Leaders Internally.’ Clinical Professor of Management and Associate Dean for Leadership Development at Kellogg, Bernard Banks, states that “It’s not like there’s this overwhelming abundance of great leadership talent, and every company gets who they need.” As a result, it’s imperative for the future of growth of companies to develop the leaders of tomorrow, today.

The article shares four key strategies on developing great leaders in-house. We won’t go until detail here as we recommend reading the article in full but one excerpt we wanted to highlight was the emphasis placed on ‘Immersive Leadership.’ The article points out that current corporate leadership training is archaic and outdated in that it typically puts employees through standard classroom training. This fails to teach leaders ‘how to think’ versus simply ‘what to think.’

What the article recommends, instead, is immersive leadership training similar to what you might see in the Army where ‘…people are dropped into an entirely new context, in which they are forced to respond in real time against a thinking adversary.’ Within this approach, incorporating ‘after-action reviews [can also] help determine what went well—and what could have been done differently.’

At CBST Adventures, we’re big proponents of immersive leadership as this concept is core to our Experiential Leadership Programs. Many of our leadership programs are founded in military training, including our Mission Special Ops engagement. If you’re interested in learning more about these Experiential Leadership programs or other engagements, feel free to reach out to us.

CBST Adventures’ CEO Has Honest Conversation On Finding Your Life’s Purpose and the Entrepreneur’s Journey

CBST Adventures’ CEO Jay Irwin sat down with the StoryHinge Podcast for an honest and real conversation on Jay’s life story, particularly his search for meaning an purpose in life and the ups and downs of becoming an entrepreneur and running a company.

If you like longer form, deep dive podcasts such as The Tim Ferris Show, you love this conversation between Jay and StoryHinge podcast host Jason Vidaurri.

You can give the podcast a listen here.

Entrepreneur Magazine Discusses How Making Leadership Development Available Company-Wide Increases Pipeline of New Leaders

In a recent article, Entrepreneur Magazine talks about how to develop leaders for the future, so that when your current leadership moves on or turns over, the company is well prepared, with a new crop of leaders in-house.

Check out their article titled ‘4 Ways to Develop the Leaders You’ll Need in the Future.’  We particularly like their recommendation to expand leadership development programs to include aspiring leaders as well as  current managers and leaders to help build a ‘leadership bench.’

And if you’re interested in any of CBST Adventures’ leadership development programs, click here for more information.

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