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Adult learning principles

I hope you all had a good summer vacation. I’m already back in full swing. Last Monday we started a new project with part of the fantastic team of Coaching 4 Results. It’s always exciting to deliver a first session with a new customer. In this case, a group of 16 professionals with their expectations, opinions, ways of acting …

For a trainer it´s a challenge to create the right climate for participants to learn and then to transfer the knowledge to their job. Therefore, I always have in mind the following adult learning principles:

  1. Focus on real problems and situations
  2. Emphasize how the learning can be applied
  3. Relate the learning to the participants’ goals
  4. Allow debate and the challenge of ideas
  5. Listen to and respect the opinions of participants
  6. Encourage participants to help each other
  7. Treat them as adults

I hope this serves as a reminder, especially if you are also devoted to training.

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Why horse-assisted leadership training?

In the last days we have organized two successful sessions of Leadership with Horses. Why have we been delivering horse-assisted leadership training for more than 5 years?

Because:

  • horses help you get out of your comfort zone, which is where you can really learn something new,
  • they demonstrate the effect of your behaviour and this way you can measure the possible difference between intention and impact,
  • they force you to take responsibility (you never blame the horses, if something goes wrong)
  • they magnify how you manifest yourself in real life and this increases your self-knowledge,
  • you face unique challenges and you build confidence whilst overcoming them,
  • you receive immediate and unfiltered feedback that accelerates learning,
  • you see growth and change in a single day and keep a lasting impression,
  • it is an experiential training where you enjoy learning through action.

Thank you very much to all participants for your ideas, contributions, laughter, joy and sincere feelings, as these have been key to make the sessions so special.

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Signs that you lack Emotional Intelligence

Here are some of the tell-tale signs that you need to work on your emotional intelligence:

  • You often feel like others don’t get the point and it makes you impatient and frustrated.
  • You’re surprised when others are sensitive to your comments or jokes and you think they’re overreacting.
  • You think being liked at work is overrated.
  • You weigh in early with your assertions and defend them with rigor.
  • You hold others to the same high expectations you hold for yourself.
  • You find others are to blame for most of the issues on your team.
  • You find it annoying when others expect you to know how they feel.

So what can you do if you recognised yourself in this list? In this Harvard Business Review article, written by Muriel Maignan Wilkins, you will find four strategies:

  1. Get feedback.
  2. Beware of the gap between intent and impact.
  3. Press the “pause” button.
  4. Wear both shoes.

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Leadership Programme

This week I completed a Leadership Programme covering the following competencies: self-management, leadership & coaching, sales & negotiation, leading work meetings and communication. A whole year of work with a fantastic group of high potential professionals who came from Germany, Switzerland and the UK. The duration and intensity of the programme offered them a space for reflection, evaluation and practice and thus prepare them to take on more responsibility within their company. The mission of Coaching 4 Results has been to help our client prepare a new generation of leaders. As Peter Senge already said, “We understand that the only sustainable competitive advantage is an organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition.”

I will miss each and every one of the participants: their thoughts, ideas, interest and involvement, good humor and generosity. I understand training as an interactive and dynamic process. Only with the involvement and good attitude of the participants is real and lasting learning possible. Keep developing your talent!

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