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Experience-based

Say the words “company training” and our minds immediately go to droning instructors and a room full of people checking their phones. Our favorite hobbies like golf, skiing, chess, and cooking are learning experiences that offer a better model of how our brains work best.

  • We create experiential learning programs that fully engage employees so they learn faster, more fully absorb the material and enjoy the experience more.

Open-path

Ask any first-grade teacher and they’ll tell you: No two learners are alike. Some are visual learners. Others do best by listening. Still others need hands-on experience. Many learn best in teams. Others prefer to absorb the material on their own.

  • We design learning programs that provide as many different paths through the material as there are learner types.
  • We give learners the ability to pick and choose their own route so everyone is free to learn the way their brains think.

Purpose-driven

We all learn best when there’s something at stake. A goal to reach. A challenge to overcome.

  • The programs we design help learners synthesize new content and work through what it means to them within the context of their day-to-day jobs.

In doing so, participants are better able to bridge the gap between the material and how to put that material into action in overcoming the real-world challenges of an organization.

Self-driving

  • Purpose Unites: At the heart of any effective culture is a broad yet clear purpose that helps gather a diverse workforce toward a common goal.
    • All self-driven organizations have a clear, actionable answer when an employee asks, “How are we making the world be a better place?”
  • Freedom Empowers: Freedom and autonomy are basic human needs, essential to both emotional and intellectual growth. The opposite of freedom and autonomy is control.
    • When you trust employees to solve challenges in their own way, using their own natural abilities, they solve those problems quicker, more effectively, and efficiently.
  • Learning Fuels: If you only give someone a purpose and freedom, you’ll be left with a person inspired and empowered to change the future, but lacking the skills, behaviors, and understanding to make that vision a reality.Knowledge is the engine that turns ideas and will into action. If you want to create a baker, teach them to bake. If you want to turn that baker into a leader, teach them how to empathize, to instill confidence, and to model integrity.
    • Whatever skills, behaviors, or concepts your workforce needs to rise to the next challenge—and to sustain them for decades to come—they can only come about as a result of effective, experience-based learning.
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