Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Experiential
Experiential learning has participants experiencing and responding to
the same pressures they face daily in the workplace in a fun and non-threatening
way. The approach typically includes a variety of hands-on problem-solving
tasks that have individuals and groups experimenting with and practicing
the essentials of leadership and teamwork. These activities and exercises
provide metaphors that mirror organizational issues and provide participants
the opportunity to discover for themselves the cause-and-effect relationship
between what does and does not work when applying their skills.
What's the value
of the Experiential Learning approach?
When participants discover insights themselves they are more likely to
adopt new behaviors and attitudes. Our experiential exercises also allow
participants to do this discovery in hours and days instead of years.
They then draw upon these insights and experiences when they return to
engages participants intellectually (their heads), emotionally (their
hearts), and physically (their hands). This approach to engaging participants
on multiple levels creates discoveries that are memorable and therefore
more sustainable in the workplace. The experiential exercises also allow
for many "teachable moments" that lead to internalizing the need for new
approaches and behaviors, which in turn lead to an increased willingness
to experiment with new behaviors and to take new actions.
How will we see
value back in the workplace?
Transfer to the workplace is critical. Experiential learning demands finding
practical solutions rather than theoretical ones. People are encouraged
to experiment with new behaviors and these behaviors and actions are more
easily transferred to the workplace because they have been tested and
practiced instead of merely considered.
What kinds of areas
can experiential learning address?
We integrate experiential learning simulations into our programs in the
- Leadership Development
- Executive Development
- Team Effectiveness
- High Performance
What skills can
we expect to address with experiential learning?
VisionPoint Consulting's experiential programs include focus on these
- Strategic planning
- Problem solving
- Decision making
How would experiential
learning be used for leadership/executive development? Leaders need
to model and exemplify skills in multiple areas. By combining experiential
learning with conceptual classroom learning, we integrate the acquisition
of knowledge with the opportunity for skill application in the leadership
arena. We also include 360° feedback in our programs so participants have
current data from which to draw conclusions. Our diverse experiential
exercises bring alive, magnify, and clarify feedback from these 360° assessments.
How would experiential
learning be used for team development?
Our use of experiential learning in team building has proven particularly
effective in broadening the competencies of managers and in enhancing
the effectiveness of intact or cross-functional work groups. People find
themselves on common ground, regardless of title, when they face unfamiliar
tasks. The experiential learning challenges, coupled with post-exercise
assessment and discussion, provide a neutral context to quickly surface
team issues, enable the group to identify and work on their most critical
obstacles and enhance their effectiveness.
How would experiential
learning be used in organizational effectiveness work?
Our programs and services focus on improving and enhancing organizational
issues that include direction setting, organizational change, and leadership/management
development. Our use of experiential learning exercises for large meetings
(e.g., Sales, Marketing, Management meetings) can be used to set the stage/tone
or reinforce key messages.
Not necessarily. At one end of the spectrum, our exercises include exciting
and fun indoor-classroom simulations that can be delivered to small groups
of four participants or to large groups of 300+ participants.
Our more physical
simulations are typically conducted outdoors. These include activities
that range from our less physical, yet powerful single-group and multi-group
problem-solving exercises to adventure-based ropes course events.
fit must participants be to participate in outdoor programs?
Our outdoor programs are designed to accommodate participants regardless
of their age and physical condition. Participants can take part without
any prior physical preparation. We emphasize the right of the individual
to determine his/her level of involvement.
How do I get more
information about experiential learning?
Let's connect! Contact us at 925-944-0140 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org