At ThyPower, we developed our outdoor classroom leadership program curricula from a Self-Reliance frame of reference, which is aligned with the known benefits from both research and practical results from the experiential method. We also drew from our past experiences in military service, scouting, outdoor adventures and, quite frankly, from our collective past as active, athletic, outdoor, fun-loving kids.
We openly admit that most of our Corporate education delivery background has been in providing and receiving training and teaching via the standard conference room, whiteboard, and flipchart – aka passive learning – mode. We’ll admit that there’s still a place for some traditional classroom learning.
If someone needs to learn a new software product. Got it.
- Sit down
- Work some exercises
- Take some notes (hopefully)
- Take a break
- Rinse / Repeat
However, for leadership development, problem-solving, and team building, the old model should be re-examined.
Participation in too many boondoggle off-site meetings and retreats, using significant Corporate resources, and seeing no real return on investment has been part of our catalyst for starting ThyPower.