February saw Exponential Training host their first Transversal Study Visit with participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey and Italy.
Study Visits offer the opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise on education policy and practices across Europe. Participants learn about national training systems, visit organisations involved in education and training, and discuss policies and issues on a particular theme with local experts. Exponential decided to host a study visit in the 2011/2012 catalogue to showcase its work to a wide range of participants and gain insight into the education practices of other institutions, as well as potentially find new partners for future projects and ideas.
The study visit played host to 9 participants from 7 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey and Italy and comprised of a mixture of organisations from schools, to training and consultancy organisations.
The four day Study Visit, entitled ‘Supporting the Growth of SMEs through Effective Leadership and Management Development’ allowed participants to learn about the role, skills and competences required by a high growth coach, the challenges SMEs face when adopting a high growth strategy and the role of managers in implementing high growth strategies. Participants also looked at the tools and techniques used by high growth coaches and the use and application of 360 degree management skills benchmarking tools/ techniques including Perspectives 360.
Participants met with a UK High Growth Coach and took a field visit to the Chartered Management Institute as well as setting up and undertaking a 360 management skills assessment. On the last day of the Study Visit, Exponential took all the participants outside to take part in a team exercise. This allowed them to put into practice what they had learnt throughout the week about planning, leadership, communication and teamwork. When given a long piece of rope and told they had to make a perfect square with it, many had the expression ‘there must be a catch?’ Of course there was! All participants were blindfolded, making this challenge much more difficult than it first appeared. It was a great end to the week and allowed everyone to see the importance of each of the factors discussed during the week and also have a lot of fun, particularly seeing the photos of them in action!
“The Study Visit was a useful experience for me too. I have had the opportunity to learn about various practices from different countries and also meet such precious friends like you. Thanks to all members of Exponential team for their sincerity and hospitality.”
Nilay Dönmez, Turkey
“I expected this study visit to be a beautyful (sic) experience, but it was even better, I have met so many gentle and professional people and learnt so much from all of you. John and everyone at Exponential were siply (sic) extraordinary! I really want to thank you all and I hope we will keep in touch and work together again soon.”
Silvana Cavallaro, Italy
“Many thanks for your hospitability (sic) and great organization of the study visit! I’ve learned many things and also hope to implement them at school. Also hope to cooperate with you in the near future!”
Ana Ribeiro, Portugal
The 2012/13 Study Visit Catalogue is out now! To view the catalogue, please follow the link:
* Deadline for round one applications is 30th March 2012, deadline for round two is 12th October 2012
Exponential Training’s next study visit, to be hosted in November 2012 can be found on page 40 of the Study Visit Catalogue. If you have any questions or would like further information please feel free to contact us.