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Why bother with experiential learning?

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December 1st, 2015

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Most people will have heard the adage of “I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do, I understand…” but is it as simple as that? Is it just about making something memorable? Let’s go back a step to why and how we develop leaders. For me, the point of developing leaders is not […]

In service of the group: Why good facilitation matters

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August 20th, 2015

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May be I’m a facilitation snob, but over the last few months I’ve seen quite a few facilitators who are well-meaning but to a greater or lesser extent, unskilled. That’s not to say that there isn’t latent potential in these facilitators, but it is, as yet untapped. As we recruit for either full time or […]

Power: what can horses teach us?

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July 9th, 2015

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I was standing in the arena recently working with horses and a group of leaders, all of whom were seeking to develop their presence in some way; increase their impact or just return to themselves. As I watched, I started to think about power and why we, as individuals, can sometimes shy away from fully […]

Facilitation as invitation

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March 4th, 2015

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Whilst reading some relatively recent articles in academic journals (2012) on experiential learning and ‘Outdoor Management Development’ (OMD) for my doctorate, I was surprised to come across references to Kolb’s learning cycle. I realised I hadn’t thought about Kolb in reference to experiential learning for a good 10 years. The model was being critiqued as […]

Leadership – are children leading the way?

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September 9th, 2014

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An article in this week’s TES  caught my attention as it reported that equine assisted learning is being put to good use by helping children to improve their self-esteem, teamwork and non-verbal communication. But it’s not just children who can learn valuable lessons from being around horses. We all know effective leadership is key to […]