Hyper Island Way is all about leading, collaborating and developing

Regardless of how long ago they participated, Hyper Island Way course participants continue to share powerful memories of the experience. Let's look at six reasons why...

1. It’s about leadership, team development and personal growth

On our website, we describe Hyper Island Way as a course for you who wants to “learn the skills and tools to help you develop your team and company to seize full potential and thrive”. It is designed to help individuals who want to empower the teams and organizations around them for the future. The course is based on facilitated reflection sessions, both individually, in small and big groups while adding research-based team development tools to complement what they learn on site.

Participants often cite the following reasons for joining the course:

  • “I am looking to improve my leadership skills.”
  • “I want to update my toolbox in terms of leading a team.”
  • “I’m looking for inspiration on how to drive my efforts more efficiently.”
  • “I’m hiring several new people and want to make sure my team develops.”
  • “I’m having a serious mid-life crisis and needed to change perspective.”

2. It’s based on facilitation rather than traditional teaching methods

After the first day, some participants may seem confused. When asked to voice their concerns, some will say, “I expected more teaching”.

The Hyper Island way of delivering value is based on learning by doing. Hyper Island doesn’t employ teachers and believes in the power of facilitation. This means that tools are introduced as a process, there are rarely right or wrong answers and discussions are lead by participants instead of a teacher. In the case of the Way course, this also means that there are no slides – tools are introduced during active discussions or by doing, participants are encouraged to take their own notes.

This practice is unusual for most people coming from an academic background and is a big differentiation factor when comparing to other courses tailored to professionals. However, during the final reflections on day 3, participants often emphasize how positively surprised they are about the course’s effectiveness.

3. It promotes self-leadership as the path to success

From the first minute, participants need to engage with each other to learn from each other. However, as there are no teachers, no performance goals and no measurement of success, nobody will evaluate your effort. The only reason for you to participate is because you want to. This is a big difference to other types of education and unconventional for many business professionals – we’re used to having our performance measured at any given time. Most of us rarely need to practice Self-Leadership, as we have clear KPIs and deadlines. Being in a situation where the success completely depends on ourselves is new to us. Not only do we need to define what ‘success’ means in this context, we also need to decide what to do to achieve it. There is something extremely motivating in this process – leaving measuring behind, we are forced to focus on our own values and beliefs.

4. It introduces the power of reflection

Experienced-based learning doesn’t work if you don’t understand and draw conclusions from the experienced. How many times have you had an aha-moment week, months or even years after experiencing something just because you never took the time to sit down and think about the experience? Who can honestly say that they haven’t missed out on some important learning just because of a lack of reflection?

But why is reflection such a core practice in this course? Reflection is the foundation of critical thinking. And some argue that critical thinking is the only way we can truly learn from an experience. You could ask yourself “What happened that affected me?”, “How do I feel about this?”, or “What can I learn from this?” You’d be surprised how many things will come to mind if you take a few minutes to think about an experience.

5. It uses feedback to make participants feel good

Another core element of the Hyper Island Way Course is giving (and receiving!) feedback. Even though most (if not all) of the people participating in the course will be strangers to you, there is an immense power in delivering and receiving feedback to people. As a part of the course deals with defining personality types and presenting things that shaped you, you are able to build a stable foundation for human understanding. You connect with people on a less superficial level and are actually able to deliver meaningful feedback to them – even if you’ve only known them for a few hours.

6. At the center of it all is you!

Only if you know and understand your own behaviors, will you be able to open up to your team members. Only once you understand where they’re coming from, will you be able to achieve top performance levels. The Hyper Island Way Course really manages to communicate this and will leave you with plenty of tools to update your practices, a better sense of self and will certainly help you become a better leader and team-player.