We’ve all been there. You’re telling a story that’s so funny that you can hardly even get the words out between laughing fits, but the person listening just doesn’t get it. Your response: “I guess you had to be there. “ Sigh.
We all have experiences that are difficult to express because of their deep impact on us. It’s impossible to completely understand the effect a certain experience had someone else unless you experienced it also. Sometimes you really do “have to be there.”
At work, we have common experiences. We work in the same office, under the same leader, etc. As a team we struggle with the same challenges. However, we often have individual ways of handing those challenges because we don’t look at them as a group.
For example, in a recent workshop a team was asked to get a horse over a pole. Everyone, it seemed, had their own idea of how the task should be done, but no one talked about it or made a plan together. Despite trying lots of different things, they were having very little success and becoming very frustrated. It was just like back at the office.
Then something changed. At the same time, everyone realized things needed to be done differently. They came together to discuss the problem, reached an agreement, executed their plan and accomplished their goal, celebrating at last.
Experiential learning creates group “aha moments.”
When a team shares an experience, they create shared “aha moments.” In an instant, the pattern becomes clear to everyone at the same time and they reach the same conclusion about what the solution is. In the Bible, it’s described as “being of one heart and mind” when describing how the early Christians supported each other. It’s the essence of a shared vision. It’s a common group insight.
Group “aha moments” create buy-in, commitment and success.TALENT MANAGEMENT
When a solution is agreed upon by the team as a whole, there’s a greater degree of commitment because everyone has had an opportunity for input. Individuals no longer feel the need to pass the buck (or blame) and are willing to take responsibility for their part in both the problem and the solution. This results in greater trust, better communication and better performance for the team as a whole.
Is your team on the same page? Are they even reading from the same book? Visit our website at http://www.HerdWise.net to learn more about how horses can help your team get the results they want or call us for a complementary demonstration.