...... Outbound training programmes, while physically exhausting, often test mental endurance levels rather than physical fitness. Pune-based Empowered Learning Systems, organises such training programmes and its Managing Director K Jayshankar says "I's a trigger for learning as it pushes people to raise the bar. There is no scope for delegating work, no hiding from reality, and this forces people to get out of their cushy environment." Risk taking ability, managing a crisis situation, resource management, motivating and leading a team, apart from team building skills are often better addressed in such situations. .......

...... Says Human Resource Consultant Vinaya Shetty, President, Vin Management Consultants: " Outbound training in comparison to classroom training has the advantage of the influence of nature in its purest from on the learnings. It's akin to listening to music in a theatre versus an open-air concert. The range of exercises and the trainer's innovation facilitate participants to learn on varied dimensions." .........

...... So while employees of Thermax went white water rafting in order to relate to managing turbulent business situations, ITW Signode took its employees to Khardung La near Leh in pursuit of innovating thinking. People at JM Morgan Stanley went on a treasure-hunting spree in teams and soon they realised that they can solve the puzzle only if all the teams co-operate, driving home the point that it's more important to co-operate than compete. ........

Text extracts from

"CEO'S DAYOUT" article on "Outbound" Programmes
Economic Times, Mumbai, 13 August, 2004



 

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