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Why Use Yachts for Management Training

We consider that using yachts for this purpose can have the following advantages over traditional management training courses:-

Change is a key issue for organisations today. The sailing environment provides many opportunities to illustrate this, allowing a focus on change within a programme, without being contrived.

Close proximity of participants on the yacht brings personal issues to the surface more quickly. Interpersonal situations are generated similar to those arising within a pressured work environment, but without the opportunity to ‘escape’. The resolution of such issues during a programme can avoid costly distractions/mistakes in the workplace.

Opportunities to learn are provided in a cost effective way. Prices are comparable with land-based courses. Our management training courses provide more trainer contact per day. Anchor overnight for a really contained group? More time is spent together and participants are within an area mostly in view of the facilitator (instead of ‘lost in the woods’ in a typical search and rescue type task).

This ‘new’ environment adds memorability, aiding the transfer of learning to the workplace. E.g. A mistake that causes the yacht to run-aground (perfectly safe, but with high perceived risk) is not EVER likely to be forgotten. The cause, e.g. poor communication, and the underpinning theory from the course, ‘attached’ to that memory, will not be forgotten either. Incomparable to a classroom lecture!

Course tasks develop the group’s ability to sail the yacht – and illustrate the importance of the individual’s and team roles/responsibilities in achieving corporate goals. The course work and tasks provide an instant illustration of cause and effect. The environment is real, the tasks are real and part of a larger plan. The tasks illustrate without being contrived, the importance of an individual or department’s contribution to the overall result.

These are NOT ‘sailing courses’ but participants do learn something about sailing (as a by-product of the course). This may be seen as an additional benefit. ‘Learning organisations’ strive to encourage employees to learn about any subject in the belief that they will, as a result be more receptive to learning within the organisation.

Physical disabilities do not necessarily preclude participation. A disabled group crewed, around the world in a recent race. Our courses however, are definitely not a physical endurance test.

An opportunity to practice new personal styles of, for example, leadership and team-role. To attempt such practice within the workplace may be impossible or prove costly through mistakes. Planning, preparation and lateral thinking are an integral part.

Learning of current theories and best practice. Theory input on a wide range of competencies (see enclosed) can be provided as required, followed by opportunities to practice, developing competence in the subject.