Redefining Success for your Team

by Juliette

So, something bad has just happened. But did you know it’s not the setback itself that influences what happens next, but how you react to it?

A simple model that I used in the military on many occasions helped me to successfully develop teams and individuals. It centres on understanding why and how a specific experience was successful or not.

In his model, Kolb states that learning involves the acquisition of abstract concepts that can be applied flexibly in a range of situations. The impetus for the development of new concepts is provided by new experiences.

“Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (Kolb, 1984, p. 38).

With each new experience we have, and this can be anything; challenging behaviour from a child, a new system being implemented at work or a new workout at the gym, we can use the above model to make sense of the experience.

Reflect on the experience, concentrating specifically on what was positive, what felt good and why. Once you’ve identified these points, you can recognise them the next time a similar experience arises. Likewise, if you identify what didn’t feel right, and what you could change; i.e. your response, personalities involved, you can ‘Actively Experiment’, the next time you experience a similar situation in order to manipulate a positive outcome.

Don’t dwell on negative moments, or you will not find your way out. Remember “this too shall pass”. Go try it! Let us know how you got on.

References: Kolb, D. A. (1984). Experiential learning: Experience as the source of learning and development (Vol. 1). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.