Experience: The Link Between Knowing and Doing
As corporations seek to improve workforce productivity, managers are realizing the need to shift organizational cultures from “me” to we.” However, teamwork cannot be mandated – it needs to be developed. Experience-based training is the most effective way to develop the skills and desire to create a “team” environment.
Traditional classroom-style team building focuses on the cognitive understandings of “what makes an effective team.” This knowledge is not enough – it needs to be applied. Experience-based training helps bridge the gap between knowing and doing.
Through experiential training, participants examine the “whys” and “hows” of the groups' dynamics:
- Why do you act the way you do in a particular setting?
- Why do you behave differently from one person to the next?
- How do you feel about the way others treat you?
- How do others feel about your behaviors?
Experiential team building training provides a medium for the “ahas” that are a powerful step in changing behaviors. Learning-by-doing reaches participants physically, cognitively, and emotionally. Individuals actually experience teamwork, trust, and open communication. This holistic approach to development results in long-lasting individual, group and organizational development.
Experience-based training benefits teams at any stage of development, whether the group is a newly-formed project team or a high-functioning self-directed work group. Experiential activities are used to move groups along the “teamwork continuum.”
Organizations benefit from the “team” atmosphere through increased employee commitment, improved quality, and increased productivity.