All ChallengeWorks programs use the framework of the experiential learning process:
Within this framework our programs can vary considerably to meet the specific training needs of your organization. We work hard to understand your needs and goals in order to lead the activities and discussions that will best meet the unique needs of your organization.
Each ChallengeWorks program features the following elements:
- Action-based learning
- Dynamic interactions
- Group specific and appropriate activity sequences
- An atmosphere of mutual respect and freedom of individual choice
- Facilitated periods of shared reflections and insights (debriefings)
- Fun and novelty
ChallengeWorks facilitators will encourage participants to:
- Examine the interpersonal dynamics of the group
- Explore their own individual reactions and behaviors
- Identify productive and unproductive responses
- Discuss connections to participants’ “real world” experiences
- Implement new responses to improve personal and group effectiveness
- Set personal and group goals for future performance
EXAMPLE PROGRAM STRUCTURES:
Team Awareness Day:
As a half or full-day option, this program provides a sequence of games and low and high challenges designed to plant seeds of awareness about team effectiveness. The emphasis is on fun, renewal, and awareness. (High events are not used in half-day programs.)
Multi-Day Teamwork Academies:
It takes a lot of time and effort to create and sustain a great team. In a Teamwork Academy, your group will spend two to six days to discover new levels of effectiveness. The multi-day format allows time for groups to develop the bonds and practice the behaviors that inspire creative, sustained teamwork. We work closely with you to custom design experiences for maximum long-term impact. These can include a variety of outdoor activities to include:
- The challenge course
- Ropes course
- Climbing tower (largest in the area)
- Rock climbing
- Mountain biking
- Zip line
Theme Focused Programs:
Use our curriculum to reach specific training objectives for your organization. Theme programs are single-day sequences that can be used individually, in a series over time, or inserted into your own developmental programs. Examples of themes are listed below:
- Leadership for Change – Practicing what great leaders do.
- Communication – Putting mutual respect principles into practice with effective listening.
- Trust Building – Creating the foundation of teamwork.
- Creative Problem-solving – Expanding perceptions to create win-win solutions.
- Collaborative Decision-Making – Making consensus work for your team.
- Celebrating Diversity – Strengthening teams by valuing individuals.
The benefits of participating in an action-based training are many, and they are often different for various individuals. For a discussion of a few commonly experiences benefits, click on Team Building Benefits.