If you are an Outward Bound alum or a former instructor, our world needs you to step forward now. Whether or not you knew it at the time, Outward Bound was created to prepare YOU for moments like this. You have the skills and experience that are needed to help guide our world through this crisis.
Sixty years ago founder Kurt Hahn addressed the Outward Bound Trust and spoke of the power and potential of Outward Bound. Hahn told members of the Trust, "I claim that Outward Bound, and not only Outward Bound, but kindred institutions...have made an important advance towards the discovery of the 'moral equivalent of war.' I hope for an even greater contribution in the future." Hahn was responding to the recognition that men who faced the horrors of war also experienced the deep love of their comrades and a commitment and confidence that the average citizen lacked.
Here we are sixty years later and the future is now. There are millions of us around the world who have...
Leaders in the outdoor leadership space are quite familiar with a wilderness ethic and
organization called Leave No Trace. Originally a program created by the United States Forest Service in the late 1980s, the organization offers guidelines to people who venture into the wilderness to help reduce their negative impact and preserve it for future generations. LNT has become the gold standard for organizations who operate in America’s backcountry environments. LNT is not a philosophy that is well known outside of the outdoor industry. But perhaps it should be. That argument was introduced by New York Life CEO Ted Mathas, while speaking at an event hosted by Outward Bound USA that honored New York Life Foundation's work with grieving teens. Mathas, himself an alumnus of Outward Bound’s wilderness programs, made that connection as he discussed his journey to becoming an effective CEO. He highlighted the importance of leaders putting their egos aside and “leaving no...
For many this time of year is filled with celebration and resolutions--and yet the milestone of a new year is simply a construct we have created. What remains clear, however, is how effective such a cycle of change can be for people. We operate well when there are beginnings and endings.
It has always been my practice to use this time of year as reflection. Among the many things that Outward Bound taught me is the "ebb and flow cycle of experience"--this is what I now call Expeditionary Leadership.
It begins with a determined amount of time--the expedition. Prior to launch you plan. You meet with your partner and your course director and plan your route. You plan your meals and figure out what gear you will need. You discuss your strengths and places where you struggle. You review the files of the participants who will be joining you. And you lay out the first 72 hours.
Then you launch. During that immersive/training phase you are teaching. Much of the teaching revolves...
Shortly after my new book, Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership, was under contract with Berrett Koehler Publishers, I flew to New York City to talk with Tom James about the book. Tom, who at the time was serving as the Provost, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Teacher's College at Columbia University, spent several hours with me discussing the book. In addition to a remarkable career in higher education Tom is one of the most knowledgeable experts on Outward Bound and its founder Kurt Hahn.
His thoughts, guidance and encouragement were instrumental to me as I took on this project. An occasional encouraging email or suggestion along the way also helped. And after the book was published I received these words from him: "I am impressed that you have found a new approach to illuminating what Outward Bound and its kin are able to do for human performance and self-knowledge. Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy the many avenues of...
I need your help to launch my new book and honor an amazing organization.
On Tuesday, October 15 Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership will be available for purchase. This is a big day for me, the culmination of a lifetime of striving toward a goal. The book is a co-publication with Outward Bound, a non-profit organization I was involved with for more than two decades. Part of the royalties for this book will go to support Outward Bound's mission of changing lives.
I've had a lifelong dream to be a published author, and that dream becomes real October 15. And I need your help to make this launch a successful one. So here's the ask:
1. Please PURCHASE THE BOOK FROM AMAZON ON OCTOBER 15. Amazon's algorithm looks at activity by the hour and the day. Coming out of the gates the first day will help to give the book visibility and show up in more searches. Thank you in advance for doing this.
2. Share this blog with your network. Ask them to purchase a...
"Of all the organizations I've been connected to, Outward Bound has had the most significant impact on my life." --Arthur Blank
Honored by Forbes Magazine in its 2017 centennial issue as one of the 100 greatest living business minds, Arthur Blank cofounded The Home Depot in 1978. Arthur was friends with North Carolina Outward Bound School founder Marjorie Buckley, and almost from its inception Outward Bound and expeditionary leadership became a guiding piece of the rapid growth and success of The Home Depot. "Of all the organizations I've been connected to, Outward Bound has had the most significant impact on my life," said Arthur in the upcoming book Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership.
After retiring from The Home Depot Arthur became owner and chairman of the Atlanta Falcons professional football team. Through his holding company AMB Group he has continued to expand his businesses to include the Atlanta United professional soccer team, PGA TOUR superstore, and...
Luis Benitez is the Vice President for government affairs and global impact at the VF Corporation, a $23 billion holding company that includes some of the outdoor industry’s most iconic brands.
Prior to joining the VF Corporation, Luis was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to lead the newly established Outdoor Recreation Industry Office in 2015. In that role, he transformed the outdoor industry into a powerful force for economic development, conservation and stewardship, education and workforce training, and public health and wellness. Under his watch, the state’s outdoor economy ballooned from $28 billion to $65 billion.
Luis spent a decade managing Outward Bound Professional in Colorado at the start of his career. He also served as the COO and Director of Operations for Adventure
Consultants, a New Zealand-based global expedition firm with a long and
storied history of leading trips on Mount Everest that was featured both in the
book Into Thin Air and in...
Eduardo Balarezo is a former financier, business executive and social entrepreneur who currently leads Mind Shift Impact, a transformational change organization. He focuses his expertise in systems thinking, alternative futures and adventure learning to design programs that help individuals achieve meaningful personal and professional transitions in today’s Impact Economy.
Eduardo is a recognized social entrepreneur and founder of the retail brand Lonesome George & Co., which provided funds for the education and protection of the Galapagos Islands. He next channeled his passion for business, adventure learning and social impact to teach youth about courage and compassion by founding Academy of Agents of Change in Miami. In partnership with the North Carolina Outward Bound School this program prepares high school students to identify their passions and use them to tackle pressing social issues in their communities.
"Leading for legacy is the highest end of leadership"--Peter Bailey in Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership
Peter is the president of the Prouty Project, which delivers strategic planning and leadership development to organizations worldwide. Prior to joining the leadership of the Prouty Project he worked as a global performance consultant for Wilson Learning, designing cross cultural and global performance improvement programs.
Peter was one of the first "urban Outward Bound instructors" in the country and helped pioneer much of the early experiential learning movement in schools. His innovative work and deep grasp of experiential education has led to a career of helping organization's find their highest calling and leaders find their deepest strengths.
In addition to the work he does with business executives, Peter continues his relationship with Outward Bound by serving on the board of the Voyaguer Outward Bound School in Minnesota. His advice to leaders as...
We're just a few weeks from the publication of my book, Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership. The "lessons" are told through the stories of fifteen extraordinary people. They range in age from a now sophomore in college who was 16 when she launched her first non-profit to a man in his eighties who served in the first class of the Peace Corps. The lessons reflect an approach to walking in the world that I call "Expeditionary Leadership."
Author and master coach Richard Leider, who wrote the foreward for my book, put it this way: "The Outward Bound motto--To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield--has always struck a deep chord within me. And, if there is one great secret to becoming an Expeditionary Leader, it is to never give up on giving--to serve."
Universally everyone I spoke with while researching this book referenced the motto. These values: serving, striving, and not yielding, are the core of the lessons that I learned from my years of working with Outward...