The participants in an executive development programme are not empty boxes waiting to be filled up with knowledge. We know that they are full of experience, knowledge and opinions when they arrive, and we encourage them to use all that and share it throughout the programme.
We believe that new insight comes from the old coming up against new ideas. When the new ideas are recognised as being more applicable and useful that the old, new insight has been gained. When this subsequently results in new ways of acting, learning has taken place. This happens in a constant dialogue between old ideas, a person’s own experience and new ideas. The new ideas do not always win, and that is as it should be.
The dialogue itself makes the participants aware and so may well lead to old ideas becoming better rooted. Bringing this dialogue about is a crucial success criterion for a good executive development programme. This is one of the things we are truly best at.