New Beginnings and a Fresh Start

Sep­tem­ber, with its crisp change of sea­sons, the excite­ment of the first day of a new school year, and even new note­books and pen­cils, is all about new begin­nings. For me, the month con­jures up the idea of a fresh start.

Here at the Insti­tute for Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing, we are cel­e­brat­ing new begin­nings for dozens of peo­ple new to expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing. In recent weeks, we have intro­duced the Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Pro­file to peo­ple from across the globe in our Meet the KELP webi­na­rs.

And we helped to guide oth­ers to the uses and ben­e­fits of the KELP in our KELP Debrief and Guide ses­sions.

Help­ing peo­ple access and explore the Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Pro­file, and get the most out of it, has been a con­tin­u­ing mis­sion of ours in the past year. And we con­tin­ue to hear back from those who are tak­ing the KELP about how they’re using it and how it is help­ing them in their work, rela­tion­ships with oth­ers, and through­out all aspects of their lives.

Here are some ways oth­ers are using the Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Profile:

  • Enter­ing col­lege stu­dents take the KELP dur­ing ori­en­ta­tion to learn how to learn and take con­trol of their own learn­ing process.  This helps them to man­age course­work and make the most of expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties such as intern­ships, com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice, and study abroad. One uni­ver­si­ty start­ed a cam­paign, “Ask me how I learn?” with enter­ing freshman.


  • Enter­ing MBAs take the KELP to build self-aware­ness about strengths and chal­lenges, and to build aware­ness of oth­ers who may be dif­fer­ent.  The MBAs share a lan­guage of learn­ing and ways to apply it to deci­sion-mak­ing, inno­va­tion, and team­work.  By apply­ing their knowl­edge at the team lev­el, they improve col­lab­o­ra­tion and team­work while man­ag­ing com­plex deci­sion-mak­ing and min­i­miz­ing inter­per­son­al conflict.


  • Edu­ca­tors in pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment pro­grams take the KELP to remind them to con­nect with their own learn­ing process, to build aware­ness of indi­vid­ual learn­ing dif­fer­ences, and to prac­tice edu­cat­ing around the entire cycle.


  • Coach­es use the KELP to intro­duce their clients to a mod­el of learn­ing, devel­op­ment, and change.  They also use the KELP to build aware­ness about their own pref­er­ences to pro­mote full cycle learning.


  • Men­tors use the KELP to under­stand their own approach to men­tor­ing and rec­og­nize indi­vid­ual dif­fer­ences in their mentees. Mentees can share the KELP with mentees to empow­er them to take charge of their own on-the-job learn­ing and to improve retention.


  • Team lead­ers use the KELP to cre­ate high per­for­mance teams. Teams that use the Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing process are more effec­tive, more engaged, more prof­itable, and expe­ri­ence less con­flict.  Team mem­bers learn about their own strengths and appre­ci­ate oth­ers who are dif­fer­ent, intro­duc­ing a new per­spec­tive on diver­si­ty, equi­ty, and inclu­sion.  Team learn­ing pro­motes mem­ber devel­op­ment as teams man­age their work and pay atten­tion to how they accom­plish it.


  • Orga­ni­za­tions use the KELP to pro­mote lead­er­ship, pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, high per­for­mance teams, and to cre­ate learn­ing orga­ni­za­tions.  When intro­duced at the indi­vid­ual and team lev­el, indi­vid­u­als share a com­mon lan­guage and process that allows them to col­lab­o­rate with learn­ing and devel­op­ment in mind.

To explore the Kolb Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Pro­file and get start­ed on a trans­for­ma­tion­al jour­ney of expe­ri­en­tial liv­ing, learn more at the Insti­tute for Expe­ri­en­tial Learning’s web­site.