June 23, 2013
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Continuing Professional Development
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“Decision Making: The Full Monty!” – A uniquely inspired leadership training experienceLeadership development is considered one of the most critical challenges facing manyindustries today. Most commercialized leadership training programs provide classroomtraining, team building opportunities and cross-team projects; however, few have theinsight to engage participants in a safe environment where they are allowed to learn andgrow in a remote location, away from their daily, risk adverse responsibilities. Morespecifically, a safe environment is one in which failure is not only an option but highlyembraced when it occurs during a stretch assignment; for it is well documented thatindividuals learn far more from failures, than from successes.Developed over the past ten years, the Leadership Training Program (LTP) at XXXCorporation) provides this critical component in the form of an experiential educationexperience where participants have the opportunity to introspectively assess themselves,and interact with like-minded peers in search of extreme leadership lessons. To those inthe XXX LTP, this experience is known as an offsite and considered by many to be aleadership "boot camp". Instead of what normally takes ten to fifteen years of progressionthrough multiple levels of corporate leadership, LTP alumni that take full advantage of theprogram gain a fast-forwarded experience over a three to four year period.As alumni of the program, the authors have benefited from the "complete experience,"growing from participants to facilitators, facilitators to coaches, coaches to planners, andplanners to leads. Through the evolution of the program and many lessons learned, theirexperience has helped them identify two main approaches to offsite execution: experientialand skills-based. While each type of offsite includes overlapping spheres of learningdevelopment, such that some of the elements are inseparable, their execution is unique.This paper will focus on the execution of an experiential offsite; one that is focused on self-discovery and knowledge acquisition through full immersion into a simulated situation,preferably based in real-world application. Multiple modules are linked together to createa continual learning experience in which the outcomes of a previous module will affect thesetup of the next module; thus, a master simulation is executed over the entire duration theoffsite.The ability to make sound decisions, if developed and utilized correctly, will become one ofthe most valuable assets to any individual in the organization. Based on the corporateenvironment at the time of inception, the authors saw an emerging need for all futureleaders to realize and embrace their responsibility to understand the full picture before,during, and after making a decision. Decisions have consequences, and consequencesrequire further action. The continuity of an experiential offsite afforded the ability toprovide greater exposure to the idea of consequence, thus, the planners chose this type ofoffsite with an intense focus on the decision making process.This composition will take you through the authors' journey to design, develop, andexecute a 4-day experiential offsite for the LTP at XXX. Furthermore, the composition willattempt to validate the development methodologies chosen by the offsite planners alongwith qualitative results realized through the final execution. Finally, the composition willdescribe in detail the critical effect team coaches and intentional feedback have on thesuccess of the simulation.
Miller, N., & Boyd, T., & Pearson, E. P. (2013, June), “Decision Making: The Full Monty!” – A Uniquely Inspired Leadership Training Experience Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19028
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