New Metrics and Outward Bound Oman Partner to Transform Leadership Training in the Sultanate

New Metrics and Outward
Bound Oman Partner to Transform Leadership Training in the Sultanate

New Metrics and Outward-Bound Oman have officially joined hands via a Memorandum of Understanding to provide unique experiential learning programs to companies across the Sultanate and beyond.  The collaboration aims to help organisations build intelligent teamwork and positive group dynamics through a blend of team coaching and interactive team building activities.  The partnership was kicked-off recently by a program for high potential employees from the Capital Market Authority at Outward Bound Oman’s recently opened desert learning centre in Sharqiya Sands.

As part of the program, participants spent
three days and two nights at the desert learning centre.  The group were guided through conceptual
learning exercises and group coaching led by New Metrics’ expert coach
Elisabeth van Loon-Muller, combined with practical team activities facilitated
by Outward Bound Oman’s expert delivery

Commenting on the program, Elisabeth Van Loon-Muller said, “The
group were given the experience and confidence to apply much-needed skills of
the future.  The activities pushed
participants to move outside their comfort zones and in doing so, empowered
them to grow individually and as a team on this journey.  The learning, activities and breath-taking
desert surroundings set the scene for an eye-opening, transformative and unique
experience for all.”

Executive Director of Outward Bound Oman
noted that ”the feedback we get from many of our corporate clients is that they
are increasingly looking for something beyond the traditional, theoretical,
desktop activity and presentation style of training, and want something more
focused, applied and real, with a longer term impact. This partnership with New
Metrics brings something new to Oman, and has already been well received.”

The group desert hike designed to challenge team roles

The program received an overwhelmingly
positive response from participants.  One
participant commented, “The program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that
enabled me to connect with and understand my inner-self as well as those around
me.  I believe that adopting the program’s
lessons will dramatically assist with communication and productivity in both
professional and personal life.”

Another participant noted, “Even though it
was a strange idea to conduct a training in the middle of the desert, I was
excited to participate as I’m always a fan of trying new things. The training
was unique, unusual and interesting. We got the chance to learn through fun and
we were encouraged to go deep into ourselves and share our feelings and
emotions. I believe this program helped us to know how we can use emotional
& social intelligence more effectively in our work environment and how we
can express and share our thoughts in a better way.” 

This program was one of many New Metrics learning and development projects focusing on leadership skills experiential learning.  Recently, New Metrics headed a two-week immersive learning trip to London for a group of high performing marketing professionals to visit and learn from some of the city’s most innovative and iconic companies.

This article was also published on the Muscat Daily and Zawya.