Management Development Trainer - Working hard at being lucky
Interesting article. I fear that these types of training events are seen as 'old fashioned' when compared to the trends of gamification and digital social learning and so on. The first thing people ask me when they arrive at our outdoor learning centre (which thankfully has no phone signal) is "what's the wifi password?" However, I can attest to the value of the 4Ds, having just pushed myself right out of my comfort zone and achieved more than I ever though possible (working on high ropes and I'm TERRIFIED of heights). And doing it with a team of people I'd never even met before was an incredible experience. So I'm a big advocate: get out of the office, feel the elements, sharpen your senses and challenge yourself.
I used to deliver leadership / Lean 6 Sigma training for a company (internally) and whenever we had spare places, I'd offer them free of charge to other organisations within our industry. I was in paper manufacturing and the training landscape there is shockingly bad, so anything to 'give back' to the community was (in my mind at least) a good idea. Not one taker. a 8 day FREE leadership / Lean 6 Sigma course and nothing...
I know time is currency but even with that perspective, some things are worth a bit of investment surely?
Wholeheartedly agree we need to develop language skills but this seems more like a pitch for e-learning (or M learning) than a real look at the changing linguistic landscape of the workplace.
I use the back to back exercise to demonstrate 'chunking', or top down vs bottom up processing to be technical. That is, we all think differently and some people are motivated by the 'big picture' others the 'small picture'. So, I give my groups a series of shapes to describe and it's interesting to see how they describe a globe for example: a sphere depicting the Earth (big picture) or a sphere showing continents and seas, with South America shown clearly. At the bottom you can just make out Antartica etc (small picture thinker - lots of detail).
The idea is to try to match the level of detail to your listener's requirement. Too much detail for a big picture thinker and they'll get bored and switch off. Not enough detail for a small picture thinker and they'll get frustrated and this will form a barrier to their listening.
It's a great way to make people understand that if the other person isn't getting it, it may not be their fault, maybe the message that WE are putting out is not in their required 'format'?