Having always worked as an outdoor learning professional I have long been an advocate of the experiential learning approach. I have been fortunate enough to explore a wide spectrum of contexts where experiential learning can be applied (from learning to fly helicopters, to developing future leaders) and believe strongly in Franklin's observation; ‘tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn’.
My approach when designing and delivering any programme will always start with the client. At all times, for the client to be fully engaged, I believe that learning needs to be a ‘do with’ process. The coaching approach ensures that the client feels empowered and in control of their own development, and I strive to embody the coaching philosophy in my development work by asking powerful questions and applying active listening. As a coach, I will always be working with the client, alongside them, helping them to achieve that which is important to them.
Drawing from my experience as a military aviator, I will incorporate continued opportunity for feedback and review. Just as aircrew will conduct a debrief after every flight, I encourage teams to regularly feedback to each other, while fostering an open and just culture so that feedback is given and received without judgement or blame.
I view Kolb’s learning cycle as an upward trending spiral so that as we progress through the cycle our skill level raises as we apply what is learnt to the next experience. Hence, I believe in the importance of reflection, analysis and evaluation on completion of a development programme. Allowing the client and facilitators to investigate whether the agreed outcomes were met, and how the client can apply the learning to future events. Throughout all my working relationships I bring enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire to make progress.