Outbound Training for corporates is the process of using experiential learning in an unfamiliar outdoor environment to enhance pre-existing skills and talents in employees for further use or development in the workplace. Amongst various aspects that are benefited by participating in Outbound Training, probably one of the least mentioned aspects is the development of creativity. Companies generally tend to put a big emphasis on leadership, communication, teamwork, etc. And while those are certainly necessary, creativity can fall by the way side in the presence of tried and tested methodologies and systems. But when conventional methods fail, the solution may lie in something ‘outside the box’. This is where Creativity can help.
Somebody once said, “Necessity is the mother of invention” and they were right to say so. Far too often people are surprised at what they were able to achieve or pull off when they thought they had no other options. This is what Outbound Training attempts to do. Through a series of tasks or challenges, an individual or team will be required to accomplish a certain task using limited resources in a limited amount of time. But the ‘courses’ might be designed in a way that is not easily compatible with the resources available at hand. In other words, the participants will invariably have to come up with a crude tool, equipment, system or activity, using a combination of equipment and services, to overcome the hurdles that stare them in the face. Having successfully put together multiple minds, they innovatively use resources to bypass the obstacle. They are then free to move to the next challenge or continue along the trail. Doing such activities over and over again help create a neurological tangent within the brain to look for any and every possible alternative to overcome a setback. This can be a crucial trait in a high performance work place scenario that may be fraught with challenges and obstacles on an everyday basis.
Outbound Training programs are widely used today all over the world, including developing countries like India and China. Moving into the 21st century, the onus to improve and stay a step ahead of the competition falls squarely on the companies who are looking to be big players in a technologically industrialized tomorrow. Here is a resource on what activities companies use to develop their employees: HR OutBound Training
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