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10 Learning Lessons from Horseback

September 6, 2016

 I often receive learning epiphanies during life's many moments of joy with my family (history will tell as the experiences are recounted by my children to their children).  On this particular day I was taking one of my sons out on horseback through the desert and into the river area.  My son Jake was 8 at the time and he was going to ride my old trusted horse Samson (Sam).  This horse taught me how to ride and my sons how to ride as well.  He was an amazing horse.  

 

During this trip into the desert I learned or was reminded of many aspects of designing and delivering training in a manufacturing environment.  Here’s what I mean…

 

We started fairly early in the morning so the temperature was still cool.  We were loading up two of our horses, Sam and Bailey, into the trailer so we could get out a bit before we started riding.  Jake was getting the gear for Sam and I was getting the gear for Bailey.  Sam’s saddle was really heavy.  It was a roping saddle given to me by a good friend who won it at a roping competition.  Jake was 8 and in my opinion the saddle was too heavy for him to carry.  I went to to help but he insisted on carrying it.  He struggled with the saddle something fierce.  But he wanted to carry it.  Much to my surprise he did it.  He did it because he set his expectation to be able to carry the saddle.  There was no quit in his expectation.  

 

 

Lesson #1 - Learners will rise to their level of expectations.  You can influence their expectations by by guiding them but you can’t take over the project...which leads to…

 

Lesson #2 - Sometimes learners may struggle but you have to give them that space to struggle and succeed.  You can coach them along the way but ultimately they have to take back a usable skill to the workplace.  The struggle helps the learner become better at what they do because their is greater meaning to their learning.