Leadership Training – Learning from the wild!

Summertime in the Innoko Wilderness, Alaska, USA.

“As part of outdoor training programs, students are asked to step back and create functional teams that work across traditional departmental lines and outside of a strict hierarchical structure. Setting goals, making a plan, managing resources (food, fuel, etc.), working as a team, and remaining flexible are crucial to a successful backcountry expedition and the expedition of life. The model focuses on collaborative teamwork to achieve goals. Risk management becomes intuitive given the inherent risks and hazards of remote and wild areas.

Outdoor training “was a life changing time for me,” said Nantucket Nectars and Plum TV founder, Tom Scott. “The stakes are very real. The chain is as strong as its weakest link. The goal is to arrive at the next place as one. All links intact. I came back a different person.”

Even if a team-wide outdoor training isn’t in the cards for your group, getting away from the boardroom and into a more natural setting will allow your team to step out of the standard office roles.”

“Connecting with the wild outdoors in an intense way fosters the kind of self-reliance, judgment, respect, and sense of responsibility that can help leaders thrive in today’s shifting organizational landscape.”

Extracts from

Expedition Leadership in the Wild   by John N. Gans, Havard Business Review 19th April 2011

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