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Part I – Why Your Hospital Needs An Experiential Program

Here are my top 5 reasons why your hospital needs an experiential personal growth program this fall.

What is an experiential personal growth program?

An experiential personal growth program is one that engages people into an experience, while doing their own personal work at the same time.

Essentially, it is a holistic model for addressing the growth process. As well, an experiential program is a multilinear model for development in our workplaces, which no HR manager might wish to be left out.

experiential personal growth program

Experiential training for medical professionals is a rising topic of discussion.  Some programs are implemented through short leadership retreats for senior managers. Others incorporate leadership in their regular trainee curriculum. If these programs are uniformly implemented across all employees – particularly front line health workers – these programs embed great value in developing a pipeline of future leaders.

Experiential personal growth programs such as The ProMind Experience puts employees at the centre of what they need to know to be healthy and manage stress. This establishes the foundation for continued personal development in all areas of their lives. Additionally, the mindset work that we do in The ProMind Experience goes above and beyond the standard “stress management/burnout” trainings that are currently offered because it supports the health and wellbeing of health professionals in a pro-active way!!!

Psychologist David Kolb

Following the Chinese proverb, ”I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand”, Psychologist David Kolb, a pioneer in experiential learning, works on two levels: a four-stage cycle of learning and four separate learning styles.

Kolb identifies the following four components necessary for one to experience personal growth.

  1. Concrete experience – Active involvement in the experience
  2. Reflective observations – Analyzing the experience
  3. Abstract conceptualization – Drawing conclusions and evaluating what trainees have grasped.
  4. Active experimentation – Implementing what has been learned.


Psychologist David Kolb

Source: Queens University.

It is for the above reasons that an experiential personal growth is exactly what your hospital needs this fall. The program offers an opportunity to revolutionize how you engage your employees, and develop leaders from within.

It’s not enough to just present stress-management in-services once or twice throughout these challenging times, nor is it enough to refer out to counselling services. Studies show that offering repeated opportunities for the practice of new information and strategies vastly improves learning and skill-building. This applies to both, in the quantity of what’s learned and the quality of the application. If you want to dig into Kolb’s biography, check it out here. 

What To Consider For Employee Personal Growth Training

Experiential personal growth comes into its own, as expectations of employee training evolve. If you’re interested in growing the employee in mind-body-spirit,  you should consider the following;

  1. When it comes to practicing what is learned, vs just studying written/coaching material, Satori see greater retention of information past two weeks. Retention more than doubles, actually! (68% in the latter, compared to 29% in the former).
  2. Contrary to the popular myth, millennials job-hop more than generation X. Avoid this by providing personal growth training benefits, which can increase the tenure with one employer.
  3. With the growth of AI in the workplace, these same millennials recognize that they need more training to keep up.
  4.  A low supply of highly skilled workers means that experiential learning, on the job, is the new normal when it comes to training your workplace.

The ProMind Experience

So let’s dive deeper into the top 5 reasons your hospital might want to consider partnering with Satori to run an experiential personal growth program, such as The ProMind Experience

  1. Develops capacity to adapt to new situations, while building emotional intelligence

    Employees who learn to shift their mindset, inside the flow of their workday, can become more agile and highly adaptable to new situations. The ProMind Experience is not a program, it’s an experience that builds Mindful Clinicians. We train our participants to do daily short lessons over 7 weeks, which emotionally immerses in the experience of consistent self-care, while implementing strategies and building that emotional intelligence . This emotional experience engages participants to the point that the learning and experiencing change the participants’ mindset.

    A well-constructed experience enhances a learner’s ability to empathize, far into the future. The ProMind Experience recognizes that emotions such as fear, confusion, and distrust cause many people to stall.

    Although there are a number of ways to overcome fear, it is through these experiential training programs that participants are encouraged to identify and celebrate their emotions. By celebrating their emotions now, and as we advance into the future, the experience of powerful emotions is identified as the place to pivot, express, ask, and act.

  2. Helps embrace uncertainty

    In previous generations, employees were programmed to get the right answer. Most candidates were hired because they said the ”right” things, unfortunately, in today’s unpredictable world, there is rarely a right answer. Therefore, to learn how to relish uncertainty, the learning experience must have multiple experiences where individuals learn how to navigate through uncertainty.

    embrace uncertainty

    During an experiential personal growth program such as The ProMind Experience, the perception of risk and uncertainty changes. It becomes possible to develop competencies related to risk-taking and coping with uncertainty through training, which also underlies the transformative nature of the health professional’s role.

    Most of our clients at Satori who have faced uncertainty in their lives, and their careers, undertake our coaching programs to move-on to creating something more certain. In fact, uncertainty is one of the 6 human needs that I address in this podcast episode here.  This is one of the things a mindset coach can do for you.

    There is also extensive value in learning to manage your mindset, while also connecting with what makes you feel safe and secure. Until you develop that awareness, and train your mind to appreciate what you really need, you risk continually following the same outdated behaviours. Instead, learn what offers you adventure and joy, and build more of that into your life!.

    Experiential growth programs are essential to have employees learn how to gracefully face uncertainty head-on, and to be present in their jobs or personal lives, so that the participants learn to embrace uncertainty as a feeling that will pass. It doesn’t need to take-over their entire mental space, which can have a ripple effect in other parts of their lives.

  3. Bridges the gap between theory and practice

    Certainly, it’s one thing to read a book about performing open-heart surgery. And, it’s quite another to actual open a heart. Having an experiential personal growth program is that sweet spot of practicing the theory you have learned.

    Well-performing enterprises know how to balance their delivery of instruction so that a little time spent with well-designed micro-learning or other instructor-led resources can get the process of practice started in later experiential programs. This is precisely what Satori’s Team provides to hospitals through The ProMind Experience. 



  4. Provides a safe space to fail

    With employee perception of job security at an all-time low, failure can feel like an Armageddon. And yet would you put a pilot with no practice at the helm of a jumbo jet? Probably not.

    An experiential personal growth program uses simulations to allow employees to fail safely. Their job is not in danger when they put their skills to use in simulations and other applicable scenarios. In The ProMind Experience, we offer group coaching along with the 6 digital modules, and weekly Study Halls to support your staff at getting their minds “right”.

  5. Encourages growth outside your comfort zone

    We, as humanity, are greatly preoccupied with habitual behaviours. Creating powerful daily habits isn’t easy. We all need a little help with this simple task. In The ProMind Experience, we focus on establishing those powerful daily routines and creating sound daily habits that will help accomplish new skills, goals, and capacities. This helps every member of the team because there’s a culture of overall health and personal growth. 


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    Essentially, we don’t realize that much of the reason we don’t take risks is that we think that the discomfort would not be worth the hustle. Without an attack on those habits and the exposure of how those habits limit one’s results, there can be no learning nor any chance of different actions.
    It’s only when a participant gets the opportunity to act outside of their comfort zone, will a new action come to fruition. The most important actions for your personal growth are doing whatever is necessary to stay accountable to the vision, mission, and strategic objectives.

    These actions undertaken are for risk-taking, creativity, holding one another accountable, having fierce conversations, and going above and beyond to make your objectives achievable.

Opportunities To Move Forward

The ProMind Experience offers so many added bonuses and features not mentioned here.  Helping your employees manage stress, their overall health and wellbeing, and achieve peak performance clinically is not an easy feat. Let us do that for you. You might even choose to engage your workplace health team to take the lead once the program is finished.

The opportunities are endless, and lucky for you – Satori is here to support you through these times of change.

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