Turn individuals and groups into high-performance leaders and teams.
In the wilderness or the boardroom, anywhere in the country, North Carolina Outward Bound School can help improve your organization’s performance through leadership, team skills, effective communication and trust.
The Outward Bound Professional curriculum emphasizes individual transformation through challenge and integrates best practices learned from top-performing organizations and organizational development leaders. Outward Bound Professional annually serves more than 7,000 individuals and 400 corporate, non-profit and government organizations, helping them achieve more than they ever thought possible.
The most powerful and sustainable learning comes from direct, relevant, concrete experiences. As corporate America’s premier provider of experiential leadership and team development, we will design a custom program to achieve your outcomes. Several frameworks exist, including the following:
Immersion Expedition Program
Three-to-five-day, wilderness-based programs are unparalleled for accelerated team performance and breakthrough leadership learning. These are tremendously effective when integrated into your internal leadership initiatives and are powerful as stand-alone team and leadership events. Most programs take place in the North Carolina mountains. The Ten Thousand Islands of Southwest Florida and South America are among other options.
Intensive Insight Program
These one- and two-day programs deliver a powerful team and relationship-building experience that would otherwise take weeks, months or years to develop. Participants will walk away with better knowledge of their colleagues and more open channels of communication and trust. These programs take place at our state-of-the-art Odyssey High Challenge course in Atlanta, truly a next-generation high ropes course, providing significant acceleration of team performance.
Accelerated Insight Program
Where else can you move your employees further along the relationship and team-building continuum with only a four-hour investment? Create a high-performance team as your group members learn about their colleagues, accelerate networking ability and grow professional relationships. The results: increased commitment to your organization and greater productivity. We can deliver these programs at a conference center, resort, park or at your site.
Develop the hidden potential of your organization. Outward Bound has the people and programs that can change your world. Improve your organizational performance by:
- Increasing leadership capacity
- Building high-performance teams
- Increasing productivity
- Strengthening your bench of leadership talent
- Accelerating the induction of new employees
- Facilitating strategic alignment
- Leading change and innovation
- Improving internal communication skills
- Inspiring participants to achieve the seemingly impossible
Our people are truly some of the best in the country at experiential training and development, chosen from a select pool of senior leadership training staff with years of experience working with a variety of corporate clients, both large and small. They are consistently recognized for their skill, experience and passion.
1-Day Insight Program
Welcome and Introduction Review program goals, expectations, safety and set tone by senior organization representative.
Mental and Physical Stretching Initial warm-up activities and review of characteristics of high performance teams.
Trust Sequences Group initiatives strengthen trust and explore the limits, benefits, and applications of trust in the workplace. Facilitated discussions follow each exercise to insure learnings are captured.
Problem-Solving Initiatives Tailored problem-solving activities that increase in complexity and explore issues of teamwork, effective communication, work processes and leadership.
Debrief Morning Discuss and document AM learnings: key individual and team skills, obstacles that impede individual and team success, expand on key learnings.
Lunch Check in to insure pace, approach, and objectives are in alignment with expectations.
Project Based Teamwork A series of increasingly complex tasks to focus on team performance and assessment.
Day Review Evaluation of the successes and challenges of the day and lay ground work for individual and Team Action Plans to apply learnings to the workplace.
4-Day Wilderness Program
Day 1 Travel to base camp accommodations or wilderness area, followed by orientation and discussion of program goals and objectives. Begin Expedition.
Day 2 A combination of team initiatives, backpacking, rock climbing and canoeing. Facilitated discussions on experiences and how they apply to the work environment.
Day 3 A full day of orienteering and/or project-based team initiatives focused on improving ways the group works together.
Day 4 Final team project, and Team Action Plans, departure.
Our Professional Partners
Highland Lake Inn
Perfect for corporate retreats or day meetings, Highland Lake Inn provides everything you need all in one convenient location. You are secluded from the hassles and stresses of everyday life and can enjoy a unique country environment. You won't sacrifice high-end technology in this relaxed retreat from the outside world-wireless high speed internet is included in your corporate package. They provide exceptional service, wonderful rooms, and incredible food. Highland Lake Inn has 26 wooded acres for you to enjoy when your group is not in meetings-hike, swim, canoe, or just relax in a waiting hammock. This is a great location for an Outward Bound Professional group!
Cox Enterprises' Executive Leadership Program
Each year Cox Enterprises runs an intensive Executive Leadership Development Program, which targets high-potential managers who are being groomed to run one of Cox’s varied businesses, such as a television station or automobile auction company. Read more »
The Home Depot
The Home Depot culture, which is a significant strength of the Company, emphasizes a decentralized approach to management, and it encourages entrepreneurial innovation and high levels of commitment, teamwork, and enthusiasm by its associates. In the midst of an unprecedented expansion, doubling the number of stores, the need for highly effective assistant store managers, who are able to provide leadership and coaching to store associates, is essential. Read more »
Kurt Salmon Associates
Kurt Salmon Associates is an international consulting firm that specializes in the retail and consumer products industries. Consultants working for KSA spend the majority of their own time working at the client’s site in small project teams including both KSA and client employees. Read more »
From the Field
“The Outward Bound Experience challenged me physically, stimulated me mentally, and stirred me emotionally. Moreover, the program helped me to better understand the skills and abilities that I possess, to unearth latent ones, and to stretch myself beyond my conscious capacity. ” —Monica, 2010 Cox Participant
“The North Carolina Outward Bound experience this past week was extraordinary... I was completely surprised by what actually happened. I’ve gotten feedback and been evaluated through four major training centers with military units, and the Outward Bound assessment and feedback was even better and more personalized than that.” —Major Jason Jones, UNC - Kenar-Flager 2010 Participant
“I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the single most effective developmental week I’ve ever had in my career. They provided me a psychological mirror into how I treat others and attempt to make personal connections to lead, showing me my true strengths and weaknesses.” —Major Jason Jones, UNC Kenar-Flager 2010 Participant
“We started a difficult Sales Training Exercise following our North Carolina Outward Bound experience that requires our sales people to look at their jobs differently and moves them into a new paradigm. After a difficult day, we started the next day recalling our Outward Bound experience. We reminded the team of how they felt when learning and implementing new skills during Outward Bound. We tied those feelings back to the sales training they were currently involved with. It really helped change our teams’ perspective about tackling the new sales challenge!” —Pete, Division Sales Manager of Innovative Veterinary Diets 2003 Participant
“I am happy to report that the team had used their communication tools to solve a critical problem and saved the company a considerable about of money. I feel the time and money were very well spent. The experience certainly changed the way the team worked together. I highly recommend Outward Bound Professionals!” —Jeannine, Systems Development Belks Department Store 2001 Participant
“ I doubt that a classroom experience could even remotely simulate the level of transformation that Outward Bound initiates.” —Monica, 2010 Cox Participant
“Three things stand out about our experience at NCOB: 1 - the people were skills, authentic, competent and intuitive. 2 - the location was removed from the everyday, rustic and comfortable. 3 - the activities, they worked! Simple yet structured activities allowed for us to learn lots.” —Dan, Customer Service Manager at Varian Medical Systems, 2008 Participant
“I was impressed by the ability of the instructors to adapt the activity debrief to fit the specific goals for our development program. Our participants spent most of those discussions reflecting on their work situations and connecting the outdoor learning to real life. They found powerful new worklife meaning in the wilderness!” —Gordon French, Director of Executive Development Cox Enterprises
“This was a great bonding experience and a wonderful way to jump start a year of leadership development for us. We came away with an attitude that there is nothing we can’t do. I know we will be better able to utilize resources and have a much greater understanding of the importance of teamwork to our success. I know that I will make a greater contribution to our business and believe that all the participants will be much more effective leaders. Outward Bound was well worth my time and effort and should pay dividends to our respective businesses for years to come.” —Susan Davidson, Human Resources Director, Austin American-Statesman
“After reviewing the evaluations and comments, it’s clearly evident that you’ve taken the course to unsurpassed levels of excellence. Your energy, expertise, keen eye for detail, and superb execution were unanimously voted a resounding 10. You’ve made a distinctive mark, leaving the Store Managers very tangible insights destined to enhance their leadership and team building skills!” —Home Depot Training Coordinator
“This has been the most effective training program I have been a apart of. We have been pushed each day to evaluate how our personal developments affects our company. I will leave with a sense of personal accomplishment and desire to add value to Integrity when I return to work on Monday.” —Integrity Employee
“This program unleashed a new level of understanding of what leadership is and a vision of how I can become that. ” —2011 Cox Participant
“The direction and feedback will stay with me forever. The program has provided me with the process as well as the justification to move toward leading, and not just getting the job done. ” —2011 Cox Participant
“The most professionally significant training I’ve ever received, particularly getting myself and me team to the next level. ” —2011 Cox Participant
“I have a better appreciation of the people-side of my job now that I’ve been at North Carolina Outward Bound. I will do a better job of empowering my team and allowing them to execute. ” —2011 Cox Participant
“I learned what I am capable of accomplishing, and how to be authentic and genuine. ” —2011 Cox Participant
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