Our programs are carefully designed to meet the goals and needs of your group. Each program follows a three-phase client engagement approach.
PHASE 1: ASSESSMENT & DESIGN
30 DAYS PRIOR TO PROGRAM
Once you book a program with us, your group will be assigned an Outward Bound Program Manager. The role of our Program Managers is to work closely with each client in order to design a program that can best serve your group and reach your desired program outcomes.
Program managers will discuss:
- Workplace culture strengths and growth areas
- What brought you to your desired program outcomes
- Office management structure
- Typical barriers and stressors in the workplace
- Levels of physical activity
During this phase the Program Manager will identify the best group / leadership learning models to incorporate into the program. These learning models are integrated into the program, and are valuable tools to take back to the office and conference room for your teams ongoing use.
In some cases, the program manager might set up calls with various members of the team in order to gather pertinent information.
PHASE 2: PROGRAM DELIVERY
DAY OF PROGRAM
Based on the foundations of experiential engagement and reflective learning, our team of facilitators will use identified program outcomes and information from client communications to design your program flow.
We use a mix of group-problem solving activities, low and high challenge course elements, group learning models, and facilitated reflection to promote connections to the workplace.
- 9:00am // Welcome – Check-In, group introductions, and orientation
- 9:45am // Whole Group Activity – This is a fun and creative way to connect, share, and move your team into a growth mindset.
- 10:30am // Small Group Breakout – Your team will move through a scaffolded series of hands-on activities that highlight areas of strength and growth in areas such as effective communication, collaborative approaches, or dynamic problem solving.
- 12:00pm // Lunch break [see our FAQ for food options]
- 1:00pm // Learning Models – Teams use group learning models to reflect on performance and facilitate connections back to the workplace. Using the learning from the morning, groups reflect on and refine their approach.
- 2:00pm (High Ropes, Low Ropes, or Group Initiative) // Whole Group Complex Challenge – This experience evokes powerful moments for the team as they take ideas, systems, and theory and put them into practice. Teams build trust, create a supportive environment, and feel the accomplishment of stepping outside their comfort zones.
- 4:00pm // Closing Graduation – the whole group reconvenes to celebrate and reflect on the day.
*This is only a sample itinerary and will be modified for your group, and is also subject to any special circumstances.
PHASE 3: PROGRAM FOLLOW-UP
30 DAYS AFTER PROGRAM
All participants will receive follow up communication after the program. We believe that follow up in the workplace ensures that key takeaways are transferred into the workplace culture.
Follow up options might include*:
- Reflective activities to do in the boardroom
- Feedback on the program
- Consult call with your Program Manager to discuss next steps for your organization
You’ll also receive a survey that will help us provide information about your team’s assessment of the program’s effect on your workplace.
Keep in mind that even though the program is over and you’ve transitioned back into your workplace, the work itself is not over. Keep integrating the learnings with your team, and remember that this type of work is ongoing and requires fine-tuning along the way. Many of our clients make this part of an annual leadership development strategy and you should consider how to make this part of your organizational evolution as well.
*Follow up options may be an additional cost, and can be dependent on your group goals.
Meet the OBP Crew
Colin first joined the Outward Bound community as a participant on a winter expedition in the wilds of northern Maine. Since that time he has worked with Outward Bound Professional as a facilitator, program manager, and director of OBP’s operations in Boston. His consulting practice focuses on leadership development and building effective teams. He is also a certified executive coach assisting leaders in their growth and efforts to affect positive change. Colin has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Colin’s clients with Outward Bound have included American Express, the U.S. Air force, Yale School of Management, Harvard JFK School of Government, and the World Bank. In addition, Colin is a past President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development. Colin holds an MBA with course work in organizational development from the University of Southern Maine. When not consulting, Colin enjoys the outdoors and teaching martial arts.
Paul has worked as a leadership educator for over 25 years. He works with executives in business, civic, educational, and military organizations, helping them understand what leaders do (and teams need) to enable collaboration and innovation. He is a master of experiential methods that bring leadership forward and teams together. Along with program delivery from the front of the room, Paul leads expedition-length whitewater, backpacking, and mountaineering courses for leadership development. Paul is a certified executive coach and has a Master of Public Administration. He teaches leadership theory as an adjunct professor at Western State Colorado University and presents with the Denver Community Leadership Forum and other cohort-based leadership development programs. He is author of the Do-Be Model© for Leadership and Teamwork and conducts workshops and seminars that lead participants to a better understanding of themselves, the interpersonal skills necessary for teamwork, and the leadership practices that define and animate a team in its desire to perform. Paul lives in rural Colorado, is a past director of Gunnison County’s Adult Literacy and GED programs, and was an elected member of Gunnison’s City Council. In his spare time Paul is a devoted high altitude gardener, skier, and guitar player.
David has 10 years of experience working extensively with groups and teams from a range of backgrounds. From high schools and college students to municipal agencies and corporate groups, he has intentionally crafted and facilitated programs that fit the goals and needs of each participant. David lives in Baltimore City with his family. In addition to his love for working with people he also enjoys reading, cooking, and draining three pointers over defenders in basketball games.
Lynne Lindsey is a dynamic and creative leader with over twenty years of experience in the field of education. Her teaching career has ranged from the traditional classroom to unique outdoor environments such as Yosemite National Park. In her capacity as Program Manager and Outward Bound Professional Facilitator, Lynne has worked with clients such as Martin Guitar and T. Rowe Price, among others. During her tenure as faculty at Penn State University, Lynne developed and taught classes in the Recreation and Park Management major as well as in the Outreach Division. Since 2001 Lynne has been specifically focused on the areas of professional training and development. Through her work with Outward Bound and other organizations, has had the opportunity to effect positive change in the realm of non-profit organizations, government agencies and private corporations. Lynne spends her winters as a ski patroller and the warmer months hiking, biking and paddling. She currently lives in Hagerstown, MD where, together with her husband, she is happily in the midst of raising three boys.
Peter has more than twenty-five years’ Outward Bound experience in adventure, teambuilding and corporate development. Since his first course as a sailing instructor in 1991 he has facilitated programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast for an impressive list of local clients on corporate leadership training programs, including The Leadership (Greater Baltimore Committee), T. Rowe Price, The Robert H. Smith School of Business (U. of Md.), Lockheed Martin, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and the World Bank. He has a background in journalism and extensive management experience in the corporate world, including Assistant Managing Editor at U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Severna Park, enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding and cross-country skiing and is active in community organizations in Anne Arundel County and beyond.
Liz Moore joined our professional team in early 2018 having worked in experiential education up and down the east coast, most recently with a non-profit out of Vermont called High 5 Adventure. She stepped in with joy and gusto to serve the Baltimore area believing adventure education has a certain power for challenging us to be better individuals and teammates, learning through play and discussion. In addition to supporting Outward Bound Baltimore, Liz runs the ‘Power Play Project’ where she trains and supports educators, recreational therapists and leaders to use experiential methods in their own work. Outside of work Liz continues to play in the form of hiking, rock climbing, reading, paddle boarding, and her favorite - teasing her nieces.
Laurie L McPherson
Darryl is an energetic and creative facilitator who started his Outward Bound career in 1996 and who continues to be an active staff member for many of the corporate leadership training organizations for which he’s consulted. Darryl has trained a long list of diverse leaders from organizations such as Yale School of Management, Denver Colorado Leadership Forum, Martin Guitar, NASA, World Bank, JP Morgan, Booz Allen and JP Morgan. The past three years he has been a corporate trainer at the Western Management Development Center in Aurora, Colorado, and has a strong background in outdoor leadership. Darryl did one tour of military service after high school then returned to study Theater Arts, Management and Accounting, at Towson State University and then to Loyola for Business Administration. He is also a certified diver and canoe instructor as well as an EMT. He lives near Annapolis and he’s big Indy Racing League fan who hopes to someday speed his Cobra around the Brickyard, crossing the yard of bricks at, almost, Indy speed.
Katie is a partner in Achieve Consulting Group which works with organizational leadership, teams and individuals to amplify their success. Before this role, she held positions in banking, law, marketing and the nonprofit sector. Her varied background provides great insight into workflows, problem-solving and stakeholder engagement. Katie has worked for and with Autodesk, WSP, Sundance Institute, Kimball Art Center, Virginia Gold Cup Association, AARP, Light Point Hospitals, and Salesforce. Katie grew up on farm in Rixeyville, Virginia. Her undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Business Administration from Boston University. She also holds a M.B.A. from Marymount University, a J.D. from University of Richmond and a M.S. in Organizational Dynamics with concentration in executive coaching and organizational consulting from University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed attorney in New York, District of Columbia and Virginia. She is a Master Trainer in the psychometric assessments Life Orientations and Accountability Circles and also certified in MBTI, and DiSC. These instruments provide a conversational frame for leaders, managers, and teams to improve understanding and productivity through self-awareness and interpersonal “soft skills.” Katie is a member of the International Association of Coaching and regularly coach’s leaders striving to reach their next iteration. Professionally, Katie is inspired when clients reach “ah moments” and when, through intentional reflection and visioning, innovative ideas and solutions emerge.
Gary is an Organizational Development consultant with a graduate certificate in that field from Georgetown University. Since 2000, Gary has focused on working with Outward Bound and a few other leading professional development organizations. He utilizes action learning and experiential methods to promote team development and leadership skills. Utilizing proven learning models and mental modes, Gary designs and administers unique developmental programs to global and small businesses, applying a philosophy of adventure and challenge, systems thinking, learning by doing and social and environmental responsibility and character building. Gary gets especially energized when he has the opportunity to work for longer periods with clients. Gary has worked with Fortune 500 senior and middle managers in organizations like the World Bank, CIA, JP Morgan, GE Capital, Under Armour, Merrill Lynch, TRowe Price, BB&T, McCormick, and many others. He is an ACA Whitewater-Kayak Instructor and has led adult and teen wilderness expeditions for over 20 years. Gary lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Dian. When not working he can be found fishing on streams far and near or bounding along mountain trails.