Behind every program, talk or experience, the following principles form the basis for Trav and his team’s interaction with your young people.
Success through perseverance rather than intelligence.
All activities and debriefings are designed to highlight, encourage and praise a ‘can do’ attitude. Or, as Dr Carol Dweck has termed it, a ‘growth mind-set’. By providing participants with the opportunity to dig deep and commit to a task, the resulting experience is often the joy and pride of solving a problem or challenge. Facilitation and debriefing focuses and praises effort, perseverance and commitment, rather than aptitude, competency or intelligence.
Personal ownership of influence.
A secondary focus is placed on personal influence and effort. Based on Stephen Covey’s ‘above or below the line’ behaviours, participants are challenged to self-assess their behaviours and start to ask how that behaviour contributes to the overall group or team dynamic.
Leadership Awareness / Theory
Based on John Adair’s ‘Action Centred Leadership’, participants are introduced to a Functional Leadership model that proves that leadership can be learnt and is not inherently something that a person is born with. Linking this with the ethos of personal ownership of influence, participants start to appreciate that they can perform leadership tasks in their own right without having to adopt a different demeanour whilst in the role. The three areas – Task, Team & Individual – are focused on in the facilitation and debriefing to assist participants in starting to become consciously aware of how they can influence (lead) others.