CCL Experience Explorer Card Deck

Experience Explorer focuses on positive and negative leadership experiences - in both personal and work life - which has influenced and shaped their leadership skills and style today. As well as focusing on change management and resilience by reflecting on different leadership experiences.

Experience Explorer is a card based activity created by Center for Creative Leadership – one of the world’s top ranking leadership development training companies.

This set includes one deck of Experience Explorer Cards. Buy both the Facilitator Guide and deck of cards here.

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Key Features

    Learning Focus
  • Change Management
  • Coaching Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Improving Performance
  • Knowledge Management
  • Resilience
  • Group Size
  • Ideal: 2 - 6
  • Possible: Variable
  • Duration
  • 30-90 Minutes plus review

Activity Overview

Experience Explorer was developed by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), who are one of the top ranked global provider of leadership development, and RSVP Design are pleased to be the first UK company to resell these materials!

Experience Explorer enhances the lessons of experience by giving leaders a simple, energizing way to share stories that advance development. Leadership does not solely develop through training and development, but through leadership roles in jobs, and life experiences.

This is a powerful activity for discovering what participants have learned through good and bad leadership experiences, what they have learned about leadership, and what they still have to learn. The cards are divided into two categories: Experience Cards and Lesson Cards. Within each category there is a symbol located at the bottom of each card symbolising themes which are found to be essential to leadership.



Learning Objectives

  • •  Explore positive and negative leadership experiences
  • •  Reflection
  • •  Leadership development
  • •  Personal development
  • •  Change management
  • •  Resilience
  • •  Theory & learning from past experiences and how they influence our behaviour

Activity Description


 52x Experience Cards include:

  • •  Bosses & Superiors
  • •  Career Setback
  • •  Coursework & Training
  • •  Cultural Crossing
  • •  Ethical Dilema
  • •  Feedback & Coaching
  • •  Increase in Job Scope
  • •  New Initiative
  • •  Personal Experience
  • •  Turnaround

 Package Weight: 0.1kg

Activity Example: Ask participant's to sort the cards into two piles, experiences you have had, and experiences you have NOT had. Participants are then asked to select one or two of their most memorable experiences which has shaped them as a leader. In turn, each participant is to talk about their 'most memorable experience' and the lessons learned from it.

42x Lesson Cards include:
  • •  World of Work
  • •  World of People
  • •  World of Self


Activity Example: Participants pick which lessons they have learnt from their Experience cards. Group those together into a small group of 5-8 who have the same symbol at the bottom of their Lesson card(s). Ask participants to describe their experience and lessons learned, make a flipchart or notes on common or unique lessons, and then report the most common lesson learned.

5x Instruction Cards

It is advisable that each participant receive a full Experience Explorer Card Deck to allow for a full review of their experiences, making for a more effective training experience.



Very valuable Review by Crispian
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We first started using the Experience Explorer Card sets in 2016 as part of a New Leaders Programme. They proved so effective in generating discussion and learning that I then included them as part of IDP (Individual Development Plan) sessions. We have run these widely and at various levels within the business, and they have always been thought provoking and well received. They are effective in both one to one discussions, and where we have run group sessions with work teams. The cards have proved to be a very valuable addition to the learning process.

Business Partner, Learning & Development
(Posted on 18/01/2017)

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