March 7, 2017

Theoretical background

The foundational theories and methodologies on which we base our work impact everything we do. From our relationships with clients to how we design new program content, these principles and perspectives underpin and guide every step we take and we think it is important for our clients to be able to access more information regarding this foundation to better understand the services we offer.

In order to explore this background in more detail, without getting too deep into the academic theories and principles, we thought we’d share our mission statement with you and use it to explain our approach to training, organizational development, and human systems intervention.

 

Mission statement: Using participant-driven interactive experiential programming, Innersee facilitates growth and development through exploration of the self and others, empowering participants to be aware, empathetic, cooperative, and purposeful team members.

 

Let’s break that down a little and explain what that means for you, the client.

By focusing on participant-driven learning we are fostering and supporting growth directly grounded in our clients’ needs, strengths and individual systems. The specific methodology we use to implement this theoretical foundation is that of experiential learning.

Experiential learning is a cyclical learning process in which participants reflect upon a particular experience, analyzing that experience to form abstract conceptualizations, and then apply this new understanding to future situations through experimentation, creating new experiences which can then be processed through the same cycle. Differentiating between simply learning from experience (hands-on learning of new techniques or ideas through participation) and learning through experience (looking at the bigger picture and drawing correlations) experiential learning focuses on the latter using experience as material to be examined and explored in order to foster new understanding.

In our customized design model, the content topics we explore  (i.e. change management, goal setting, conflict resolution) are all determined by the client, with the support of our design and assessment team. Our focus with the content of these programs always centres around human systems theory which acknowledges the complexity of working within groups, drawing from social psychology, sociology and organizational development theories. In this way we help teams explore how they work together, building on strengths to improve processes and organizational culture.

In their exploration of the group’s functioning participants have the chance to share their perspectives, explore differences and strengthen relationships within the team. The overall result of this work together is that they become more aware of their own needs, those of their teammates, and how their actions impact the group as a whole, fostering deeper empathy and understanding of the complexity of the team dynamic.

By using the experiential approach we create an experience in which the learning is personally meaningful and relevant to your team as it comes from their own insights and experiences. This means that what they learn will be more useful and attended to with a higher degree of engagement than learning conducted under more prescriptive approaches, fostering a sense of empowerment and efficacy in improving their workplace experience. If you would like to read more about the impacts of our programs head over to that page and see what benefits you stand to gain as an organization.

Combining increased awareness with a deeper understanding of the importance of processes and group dynamics within human systems, our programs therefore foster more aware, empathetic, cooperative, and purposeful team members.