focused outdoor management and team development,
particularly for small and medium-sized businesses and teams in the
public and independent sectors.
Outdoor Management and Team Development
There are many providers offering outdoor management
development [OMD] or team development, and it is often difficult to
determine whether the service on offer will meet your team's needs. On
this page I have attempted to lay out the personal philosophy which
underpins my work. I hope you will be able to use this information to
decide whether my approach suits your team.
I am a psychologist with 20+ years experience
working as an individual clinician, in teams, within both the public
and independent sectors. I am a
grounded individual who, throughout my working life, has remained
interested in people. I am also a qualified mountain leader
and have been mountain walking for many years. For me, the hills and
mountains are beautiful and I regularly spend time hill walking to
place the demands of working life into perspective. I am keen to
balance work and leisure, and you will find this reflected in my
outdoor team development programme.
During the 1990s many outdoor management development
programmes emphasised competencies or diversionary 'fun' activities,
such as paintballing. Whilst these are valid in themselves, they lack
the process of review and integration necessary to make changes in team
process - important if you're to enhance team functioning. Whilst I
enjoy outdoor activity, I've not lost sight that this is merely a
medium for tackling the primary issues - team functioning, particularly
team dynamics. So, you will not be employing a hard taskmaster who
prioritises outdoor activity over your team objectives. This, I
believe, is the particular advantage of a psychological approach from
an experienced practitioner.
Inclusion is fundamental to my work, and you can be
assured that each member of your team will be monitored and consulted
throughout the programme. I have purposefully restricted the range of
outdoor activities to ensure that the focus remains on team dynamics
and objectives, rather than offer a cluttered programme of events which
lacks coherence. Our work will be in the mountains of western Lake
District, including Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England.
I am a firm believer that outdoor events should not
equate with undue hardship. The elements and the task of mountain
walking itself will normally provide sufficient adversity, so I believe
your accommodation should not! For this reason I have chosen the Wasdale
Head Inn as a comfortable base for all non-mountain activity.
The Inn is situated at the head of Wasdale, almost in the mountains
itself, and provides comfortable rooms, good food and an unparalleled
setting in which to carry out seminar work, in addition to a
well-appointed bar for relaxation.
Finally, I am committed to my own professional
development. I am involved in regular peer supervision and I maintain
attendance at conferences and seminars to keep abreast of professional
developments and ensure best practice. You can be assured, then, that
my work with your team will be to a professional standard and based
upon considerable experience of teams and hills.
Scafell Pike from near Great End. Photo by Walking
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