Monday, August 20, 2018

Etiquette for giving feedback

The Ettiquette of Giving feedback requires
1) seeking permission first
2) being kind
3) establishing human connect
4) if all three steps are done, then only going ahead with giving the feedback.
5) seeking forgiveness for any hurt the feedback may have caused.
6) appreciating the openness of the receiver and closing the feedback with a Hug or kind words.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Planning an Outbound Training Program

Planning an Outbound Training Program
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Outbound Training in India is known with lot of different names like Outbound Learning, Outdoor Learning. Adventure Based Learning, OBT Training. Corporate Adventure Offsite, Team Building program, Outdoor Management Development Training etc.

The essence of an Outbound Training is based on Experiential Education methodology and the Experiential Learning Cycle that consists of various phases of learning from experience, reflection and transference of the learning to the workplace settings, by a facilitator who uses a method called questioning, debriefing or processing that is based on the experience and behaviors observed in the activity.

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The Experiential Learning Cycle - pfeiffer
The following are some of the important steps in planning an outbound training program for your company

1. Identify Learning Needs and Outcomes for the Outbound

The first step in any training is to identify the need for conducting the outbound. The learning objectives need to be identified clearly with the expected outcomes. It is generally advisable to consult the various Business Heads, the participants and the business needs to come up with the learning needs. Typically about 2 Learning objectives can be addressed in a day (6 hour) through an outbound training intervention. Avoid putting too many learning objectives and outcomes as the training focus may be diluted.

2. Identify Location for the Outbound

Outbound Training needs an environment that is safe for learning and gives a sense of belonging to the participants. Ideal locations would be green and serene environments that has a therapeutic effect like nature based camps and those that bring the participants out of the comfort zones. Outbound Training is also extensively done at places like resorts and in banquet halls. The environment can have a major effect on the experience and learning of the participants.  Some Learning partners will have their own campsites with all facilities for Outbound Training Interventions.

3. Selecting your Learning Partner

Selecting your learning partner can be the determining factor on the impact of the program.  Training Companies that specifically focus on experiential education tend to be better at design and delivery of the programs that can meet client expectations.

​The Outbound Training partner should be able to understand the learning needs and outcomes, Industry segment, and business needs. They should design the program keeping in focus the learning objectives and the outcomes. Should be capable of coaching, mentoring and evaluating to measure the impact after the program.

4. Selecting the Outbound Facilitator

The outbound facilitator is the person who will deliver the program. Its important for the facilitator to be an expert in expereintial education and have the relevant experience delivering outbound training programs.

The facilitator should also be involved in understanding the learning objective and outcomes of the program. ask the learning partner on who will facilitate the program and get in touch with the facilitator much in advance to discuss the objectives, outcomes and flow of the training agenda.

​The facilitator to participant ratio is utmost important, while recreation programs can have 1 facilitator to 40 participants, educational programs should not exceed 1 facilitator to 20 participants and Leadership based program may have 1 facilitator to 10 participant ratio. 

5. Preparing the Participants

The success of the outbound program will also depend on the involvement and participation of the employees as Outbound learning programs require the participants to get involved, share experiences and make the program participatory . Make sure to inform the participants to set the expectations on the nature of the program and guidelines to prepare for a better outcome.

6. Finally Remember

Outbound Training is not a one time quick fix and the participants may need followup, further mentoring or coaching with  regular assessment and intervals of training for the behavioral changes.

The budgets spent on outbound will be higher than a classroom training sessions and so is the overall impact. Sometimes companies tend to spend huge amount on the resort facility and a paltry sum on the training by hiring a emcee or  team building trainer to deliver the program, making the program ineffective. so decide whether you want to do a fun based recreational program or a outbound based development program and balance between the needs and outcomes. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

boys and Immature Men

The world is full of grown up boys, unfinished and immature men who never got opportunity to learn to access their primordial Masculine nature from a father, guide or other group of men.
A Boy in order to become a Man needs to be Chivalrous, Honest, Free, independent, self Sustainable, Principle centered, a protector, a provider, bold, of high integrity, pragmatic, passion driven and most importantly having purpose in life.
To become a Man and to know that he has become a Man, the boy must go through many phases to mature Masculinity. The boy needs a mature father, or a mature man as a guide, or group of men who can show him his authentic nature and teach all the skills and Behaviors required to be a Mature Man.


This primordial nature of Masculinity is deep rooted in every boy and can only be accessed through help of a mature father, a mature man or fellowship of men and can't be learnt in any other place, it can't be learned in school, from other boys or from women.
In olden traditions and that of the gurukul, and among the sadhus, shamans, sufis, mauris, boys were initiated in the wilderness, away from home into becoming mature Men.
The result of abandoning the masculine initiation is a world of unfinished and uninitiated men, struggling, striving, sulking, uncertain, angry and without a purpose in life.
It's imperative that for boys to become men they need to be initiated, undergo a process, journey and many experiences in the path to realise their fullest masculine nature and potential to make this world a better place.
Spending time in Wilderness, Outdoors, Nature, Adventure, Travel and Sports with other mature men is one among many paths that will help boys become men.

Every kid is unique

Every kid is unique, they cannot be compared to or generalise with. Some parents I know feel responsible for their kids academic performance from their very young age. They somehow feel personally responsible for their kids performance at school to an extent where the kid is sometime treated as an extension of the parents.


Some parents keep comparing their kids with other kids in their family and friend circle and set standards on all the skills the kid should learn in a particular age. when that doesn't happen, the parents get frustrated and try different ways of teaching including using extra tuitions and various incentives and punishments.
Every kid whether he performs or not at school eventually learns to face life and lives a life of their own when they become an adult.
So parents, just chill and learn to let go, leave academics to your kid. You are only responsible for providing education. You are not responsible for their results. you can encourage your kids to study but you are not responsible for their performance. Neither are the kids responsible to make you feel good with their performance.
Learning happens in many ways and learning happens out of school also. Your kid will figure out a way, like we all did.

Reading and Writing for kids

Teaching young kids to write and read at a very early age causes interference in their natural learning style. reading and writing should be introduced from age 6 onwards. If your kid is below 6 years and having difficulty reading and writing, do not bother much as he will get better when his mind body coordination is fully developed to write and read.


Play and Primary schools curriculum which introduces writing and reading before age six interferes with children's natural learning. Kids learn on their own and from their environment, mostly by observation and exploration. They do not require structured learning before age 6 .

Sunday, August 20, 2017

from Boys to Mature Men

The world is full of grown up boys, unfinished and immature men who never got opportunity to learn to access their primordial Masculine nature from a father, guide or other group of men.

A Boy in order to become a Man needs to be Chivalrous, Honest, Free, independent, self Sustainable, Principle centered, a protector, a provider, bold,  of high integrity,  pragmatic, passion driven and most importantly having purpose in life.

To become a Man and to know that he has become a Man, the boy must go through many phases to mature Masculinity.  The boy needs a mature father, or a mature man as a guide, or group of men who can show him his authentic nature and teach all the skills and Behaviors required to be a Mature Man.

This primordial nature of Masculinity is deep rooted in every boy  and can only be accessed through help of a mature father,  a mature man or fellowship of men and can't be learnt in any other place, it can't be learned in school, from other boys or from women.

In olden traditions and that of the gurukul, and among the sadhus, shamans, sufis, mauris, boys were initiated in the wilderness, away from home into becoming mature Men.

The result of abandoning the masculine initiation is a world of unfinished and uninitiated men, struggling, striving, sulking, uncertain, angry and without a purpose in life.

It's imperative that for boys to become men they need to be initiated, undergo a process, journey and many experiences in the path to realise their fullest masculine nature and potential to make this world a better place. 

Spending time in Wilderness, Outdoors, Nature,  Adventure, Travel and  Sports with other mature men is one among many paths  that will help boys become men.