We all know that there are certain things you can only learn through experience. And if you don’t buy that, how about this one? At the very least, there are certain aspects, certain levels of depth that only come from being immersed in a topic. Haley Robison has learned that truth THROUGH experience and she’s done so intentionally. She recognized at various junctures in her educational and career path that she needed to get outside what she calls her “air conditioned box” and experience things first-hand. It led her to the nation’s premier outdoor leadership school and eventually to become CEO of Kammok, a world-class company that’s not only selling products but making a difference in communities around the world. You’ll enjoy hearing the learning and leadership lessons Haley has to share on this episode of Converge.
A non-intuitive approach: Experiencing freedom through commitment.
When you first hear Haley Robison’s story, it feels like it was perfectly scripted beforehand to land her where it did, as CEO of Kammok – but of course, that wasn’t the case. Like all of us, Haley experienced it step by step, making decisions as she went along, and it all combined to bring about her current success. Haley says that part of what she’s learned is that committing herself to something with a mind to get everything out of it that she can, has enabled her to experience a kind of freedom she didn’t expect. It’s the freedom to grow, to try new things, even to take risks. It’s the kind of freedom most of us need to experience, too. You can hear Haley’s story by listening to this episode.
Haley Robison tries to walk a careful line as a woman CEO these days.
We are in midst of a transformative time in terms of equality and increased opportunity for women. Haley Robison is acutely aware of that fact since she experiences the benefits and blessings of many of those changes herself on a daily basis. She’s very excited about the opportunities that are becoming more and more available for women but realizes at the same time that the men who work on her team should not suffer at the expense of those opportunities. She believes that the world needs BOTH strong men and strong women in leadership and she does her best to walk the careful balance of supporting both in the company she leads. Find out how she attempts to walk that balance, on this episode.
Getting past the mindset games when it comes to learning new skills.
The experience of learning new things presents different challenges for different people. Some of us find it difficult to get past the beliefs that learning is hard, we aren’t good students, or we are incapable of picking up new skills or bodies of knowledge. Haley Robison knows that challenge herself and decided that the best way for her to learn was to learn through experience, so she went all-in. She intentionally put herself into structured environments that would teach her in the areas where she felt she needed to learn most. Would it be helpful for YOU to go all-in? Haley’s story might inspire you, so don’t miss listening to it.
Why experiential learning is often the best kind of learning.
There is something powerful that happens in the mind when we learn through experience. Perhaps it’s the combination of senses involved in the event – touch, smell, sight, hearing, etc. – or maybe it’s that facts ABOUT the subject are being integrated with experiences OF the subject. Either way, it adds up to deeper, richer, more fulfilling learning. Haley Robison is leading a company that encourages life-changing adventure. They believe in living life to the fullest – and a big part of that is enabling people to get into the outdoors, enjoy it, and learn experientially as they do. Haley’s words in this conversation will resonate with anyone who’s seeking that kind of life, so be sure you listen.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:22] Why Dane is convinced Kammok is one of the coolest upstart companies that fuels adventure.
- [1:48] How Kammok came to be – and how Haley’s story led to the birth of an amazing company.
- [11:34] The balance Haley attempts as a woman leader who supports both men and women.
- [17:44] Advice about experiential learning for those who need to grow.
- [21:23] Why this conversation is important for creatives – and how to get a special offer.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode
- Kammok website – Get 25% off your order with the code “converge25”
- Haley on LinkedIn
- Haley on Twitter
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