The Center for Project Leadership
We exclusively offer active, scenario-based, immersive learning, with real-world examples.
From the US Marine Corps to NASA, electric utility linemen to pilot training, this approach has proven to be the most powerful, long-lasting way to learning anything important. It combines instruction and interactive coaching with the hands-on practice of new techniques under the watchful eye of an experienced, hands-on trainer. The result is much better retention of what to do, when, and a deep understanding of the why.
You cannot take one of our courses remotely, sitting alone, from a canned lecture on your laptop, tablet or phone. We provide our training via interactive webinars but not as canned, Computer-Based Training (CBT) modules. Nor will you find us licensing our material to your organization’s training department for later “teaching” by other people. We have tried those approaches and they just don’t work well - - - we find that other people lack the subject matter expertise of our seasoned cadre; other people's teaching skills vary greatly so the retention rates can be lower/poorer; and the experience is just not fun. Conversely, our instructors, whether in-person physically or via video link, keep the atmosphere light, provide memory tricks to aid with retention of key points, and use videos throughout each day to provide memorable highlights that drive-home lessons learned. Humor and personal experiences are interwoven throughout each module as well as "what would you do here?" challenges.
Studies have shown the measurable effectiveness of instruction by a real human. Since this involves the time of an experienced instructor (either in-person or via webinar) each time the course is taught, it is the most expensive type of training, but it is the absolute best. We use live instruction because people only retain a small fraction of new material when they sit passively in front of a monitor because humans are easily distracted. Our minds can wander into what we will be doing after work, how good a cup of coffee would taste, what the boss said last week, etc. To prevent that, our fast-paced approach employs face-to-face interaction between instructor and student, and active participation by class attendees, often in small-teams. We have oral presentations of findings and conclusions after every exercise, morning and afternoon so everyone gets to brief the entire class. And our coaching and encouragement continues nonstop throughout each day. Nobody wants to sleep (or even could) in our classes!
Government participants are assigned roles as contractors in several exercises, and vice versa, to experience the challenges and to make decisions on the other side of government procurements from where they normally sit. Nothing works like this technique, to dissolve the barriers between government employees and contractors and bring them to a common understanding.
Our instructors are trained to pull everyone into classroom discussions. Shy, introverted people (like many engineers) are gently engaged by our instructors and other attendees in a nonjudgmental, friendly environment where they can ask questions and express opinions freely without fear of embarrassment. This is one reason we like to keep our classes small (24-32 people) where we can involve every student in every training module. The results of this approach are mental focus and retention. Our students stay immersed in the subject material versus just being exposed to it. They internalize it, make it their own, and have a great time. One senior RF engineer’s comment from a Tucson AZ class is representative of what we hear nearly every course: “This is the best training I have ever had in my entire 30-year career.”
Tried and true, no-bull, problem solving and creative thinking for today's world of complexities.
Designing and building complex systems using technical CONOPS.
Fine-tuning the Governments interactions with companies.
Three Key Parts of Our Teaching & Training Style
The Proven Benefits to the Student
Active which means participatory. Our students are engaged in discussions about the class material constantly during class (and usually on the coffee breaks and at lunch!). They are challenged by the instructor to think, to question things heard in class and to ask how the lessons apply to their situation. This is the complete reverse of passive learning which lets people sit quietly, either in a classroom or in front of a laptop monitor and absorb some portion of what the talking head drones on about (if their wondering attention and boredom permits them to learn anything at all).
Scenario-based means the instruction is based upon real-world situations. The situations are realistic and based on actual scenarios (stories) of the challenges and hurdles the student can expect to find as they implement the lessons.
Immersive means the student enters a new world of experiences, surroundings and thoughts. Our experienced instructors help students experience the world they will enter once they leave the classroom, with the challenges and decisions they will face. Our courses are carefully designed to immerse the student in the new material, letting them experience the thoughts and wrestle with the decisions of practitioners doing that work today.