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July 2017 Monthly Workshop - Experiential Learning for High Engagement and Learning

  • 15 Jul 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Best Western Plus, King of Prussia - 127 S Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406


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So many of our leadership workshops are still fairly traditional (workbook exercises, assessments and .ppt slides). There are more engaging and experiential ways to go. Over the last 20 years, Rich McLaughlin and his colleagues have taken effective Outward Bound type challenges and adapted them for indoor use with corporate groups. They are challenging, engaging, kinesthetic and effective at helping launch conversations about the client’s culture and ways of working by providing an immediate “work cycle” to reflect on.

Join experiential learning master Rich McLaughlin and master leadership trainer and coach Ken Blackwell for this hands on, interactive session. This workshop will demo a couple of their favorites and give attendees a chance to explore how to frame, execute and debrief these type of exercises for maximum effect.

This session will allow participants to engage in:

  • Improv exercises for high engagement
  • Progressive exercises that reinforce improve principles of
    • “Yes …and”
    • “Be present…to serve the scene”
    • “Make my teammates look good”
  • A walkthrough of some simple experiential challenges 
  • And discuss uses, tweaking variables, framing, debriefing exercises

Attendees will walk away with a free copy of Rich's Experiential Activity Book!

Rich McLaughlin has been an observer and practitioner of innovation and employee engagement processes for over 20 years.  He has over 12,000 hours designing and facilitating leadership and interpersonal skills workshops, innovation explorations and problem-solving with teams to help them jump start their change and innovation efforts.  He has helped teams as small as 8 and departments as large as 100 learn how to blend external developments (to understand where customer needs are moving) with internal employee engagement processes (to show how to stimulate internal experiments and capitalize on those opportunities).  Rich also enjoys showing leaders how to engage employees in driving ongoing innovation in the organization.   He brings an experiential approach in his work with client teams. His client’s value the engaging way he works with their people whether facilitating a leadership workshop, working with a specific team, or challenging employees to be more accountable for the whole.

Rich spent time learning about instructional design and change management at Accenture, helped Square D Company develop and implement their TQM programs and processes and developed the leadership curriculum and internal consulting practice at Baxter Healthcare during his time as an internal OD practitioner.  The last 8 years of his practice he has been following the intersection of Innovation and Design Thinking.

Rich received his M.A. in Training and Development for Business from Ohio State University, and has been consulting faculty for the University of Notre Dame’s College of Business since 2000.  He is author of, Rules of Engagement: A Story About How Leaders Can More Effectively Engage Employees. And he co-authored The Experience-Based Learning Guide: Consulting Tools and Exercises that Facilitate team Performance and Learning Through Action.  He is also certified in Rummler-Brache process mapping methodology, MBTI, TMI, CCL’s 360 Benchmarks, the Hermann Brain Dominance Index and the Experience Innovation simulation.

Ken Blackwell rescues Accidental Leaders - people who unexpectedly found themselves in a leadership position, or who wanted to be a leader but weren't prepared for the challenges.

Using a simple 5 step process he helps them bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be.

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