I’ve often thought about how I learn best. The most effective results come from the learning that I can remember and put into practical use as a second nature action. For me, it’s not about theories, science, polls, or studies touted by great talent specialists. It’s certainly good to understand the logic behind the explanations of how different learning styles work, but what really counts is what works best for you.

Experiential Learning is a style that is in my sweet spot. There’s no greater satisfaction than putting theory to the test and doing something hands-on. This feedback is immediate and effective in firmly establishing long term results consistently. It’s a fact that certain jobs require success without failure. Pilots, firefighters and law enforcement are just three careers that specifically require experiential learning to reinforce learned behaviors into seamless actions. We can practice competencies using simulators, mockups in the field, or even virtual reality to solidify our reaction to the given situation. The value of this style of training is irreplaceable to these types of jobs, but how does this style work in other roles and more specifically, leadership?

John Gillis JR. recently wrote an article published in Chief Learning Officer May 2019 edition titled, Dive In.  In his article, John illustrates how effective leadership development has a positive ROI on the business. He describes why a business simulation’s learning potential is far greater than any other training room learning method to achieve this. According to National Training Laboratories, these experiential learning methods have a much higher retention of 80 to 90 percent. In comparison, leadership development by means of lectures is highly ineffective and participants retain only a fraction of what they are shown.

Read John’s full article for an in-depth review of how the Learn, Experience, and Apply model produces meaningful learning with positive impact and discuss with Invista Performance Solutions when you’re planning your next leadership development initiative.