There are three key elements to the courses that we provide:
Quality Facilitation, Our Associates and The Great Outdoors.
These all combine to provide a service to you that we are proud of and that will meet your course outcomes, whatever they are.
Some think of tasks and activities that utilise the outdoors, as simply and exclusively the preserve of the military or masochistic managers. That activities such as gorge scrambling or canoeing have no relevance back to office or workplace and that they are simply ‘jollies’. Well such opinions can be valid (often derived from poor experiences in the outdoors of their own), but essentially incorrect. Incorrect because Earthly Edge includes clear and overt periods of quality facilitation.
The word facilitate comes from the French word ‘facile’, which means ‘easy’. The facilitators role is therefore to help ease the process of an individuals learning through the stages of Kolb’s Learning Cycle. In particular this allows participants to:
● Experience situations and conditions.
● Give and receive thoughts, impressions and personal feedback.
● Self reflect and apply new learning.
● Explore and plan for the future.
● Transfer learning into personal learning outcomes, course outcomes and the workplace.
All of the above is undertaken in either formal or informal facilitated sessions that are undertaken at the right time, in the right place and with the right framework by experienced associates.
Quality facilitation is a key and major difference between Earthly Edge and many of our competitors.
It takes many years of training, experience, assessments and CPD to reach the top of your particular professional tree and this is certainly the case with our associates. Be it a facilitatory ‘soft’ skill tree (for example NLP, MBTI or TA practitioners) or a technical ‘hard’ skill tree (for example MIC, CIC, Summer ML, BCU Level 3 instructor), our skilled and experienced associates are vital in ensuring your safety (both physical and emotional), your learning and enjoyment. They are chosen carefully and with pride.
Earthly Edge is also very conscious of its responsibilities towards ensuring industry standards are met regarding associate’s needs and requirements.
The Great Outdoors:
Question: If you can facilitate transferable learning effectively through various activities with skilled facilitators, why not use the warmth and security of the indoors as your classroom? Some companies do so exclusively, however we passionately believe in the added benefits that the powerful and flexible vehicle of the great outdoors can provide. In particular:
● Utilising dramatic and inspiring countryside that can provide long term memorable experiences and ‘uplift’ the soul.
● Providing a real time workshop that lectures and textbooks cannot emulate. Consequences here are real; not simulated. They are produced by the actions (or in-actions) of those involved and not through contrived desk bound scenarios.
● Utilising unfamiliar surroundings that ‘strip away’ a participant from using learned organisational behaviour or symbols of power or position. This often results in an individual’s real behaviours becoming clearly visible.
● Providing a wide variety of readily available data / evidence that can be called upon by participants during feedback and reflection sessions. This data increases the opportunity for an individual to develop self awareness.
● The clear development of ‘Insight Skills’* such as working in groups, negotiating, building trust, coping with ambiguity and change.
● Enabling Earthly Edge to develop flexible and imaginative tasks and activities that can cover a broad spectrum of course outcomes. These could range from emphasising and focusing on a particular model or company structure (for example regarding Leadership or Health and Safety), through to enabling long term personal learning agendas and outcomes.
These are our key three elements. These separate Earthly Edge from many of our competitors.
The choice is yours. Either contact us now with your ideas or questions, or click on one of the slides below and explore further what we can do for you.
*Waters. 1980. Management Skills Development.