Optimist Performance

Are you practising great high-performing team behaviours with your team? Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. At Optimist, we believe that using experiential learning allows teams to practise high-performing behaviours to enhance the team’s performance. 

What is experiential learning?

Experiential learning is a process through which learners develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. This approach emphasises active involvement in the learning process, where individuals engage in activities that involve exploring, experimenting, and solving real-world problems. 

Our team experiences are designed to bring to life the learnings we have worked on with our clients throughout our programmes. They aim to get people outside of their comfort zones and practise those skills and behaviours that will make a high-performing team. 

How does experiential learning help your team’s performance?

Encourages reflective practice 

Throughout experiences, teams engage in continuous and varied reflective processes where they can reflect on their actions and outcomes. These reflections allow team members to assess and learn from their experiences. 

Additionally, it helps them build the behaviours they can later apply to their day-to-day job.

Foster adaptability and agility

By stepping out of their comfort zones, teams are forced to face uncertainty and adapt to move forward. They practise modifying strategies quickly and effectively. 

Practising these behaviours helps build resilience and flexibility. 

Builds team cohesion and communication

Out-of-the-norm experiences reinforce the value of collaboration and communication among team members. By practising those skills during the experiences, team members get to practise different ways of communication and collaboration that they can apply to their everyday jobs. 

Increase problem-solving skills

By immersing team members in situations that mimic real-life challenges, it provides them with opportunities to practise troubleshooting in a controlled, risk-free environment. 

This hands-on approach not only enhances their ability to think critically and creatively but also instils confidence in their problem-solving capabilities. 

Enhances emotional intelligence 

Creating a safe space is a critical component of experiential learning. The aim is to make people feel safe to explore their emotions and the impact of their actions on others.

This enhances their self-awareness, as well as the understanding of their colleagues. In turn, it helps their empathy and supports team bonding.  

The Optimist View…

At Optimist Performance, we follow a Think, Feel, Do approach, where people not only learn something new, but also get time to reflect on and practise those learnings. 

Experiential learning is about creating a safe space for people to practise new learnings. Our experiences are designed specifically for our client’s needs to help them practise, reflect, and adapt their behaviours to enhance their overall team’s performance. 

Want to know more about our experiences and how they can help your team? Get in touch with us today to learn more about our learning programmes and experiential away days.