Specialist in focused outdoor management and team development, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses and teams in the public and independent sectors.

Paul Cousins
Outdoor Management and Team Development

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There is a core structure to each of the two programmes, but neither is overly prescriptive. 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.

Pre-programme Assessment. Typically we will discuss your training needs and arrange to either visit your team or to complete the replica watches pre-programme assessment by post. This is an important phase in which I gain an understanding of organisational objectives, budgetary constraints and time allowances for your team, and marry these with your team's individual responses. I will ask each of your team to consider their aspirations as part of your team alongside personal objectives. Also, this phase allows participants to explore course methods, to express any concerns about the team development event itself and to provide essential health information to ensure the programme is adapted accordingly. Personal concerns and health information will, of course, remain confidential.

Programme Design. With full information from the Pre-programme Assessment, it is then possible to set details for your programme and offer this for your agreement.

Standard Programme. Typically, the structure for this programme involves:

  • Day 1: Late afternoon arrival at Wasdale Head Inn, settling in and preliminary seminar on team aspirations and common understandings of team difficulties
  • Day 2: Full day in the mountains, followed by debrief seminar
  • Day 3: Seminar on team functioning, followed by structured outdoor activity to address identified issues. Leave late afternoon or socialise/network in the evening, returning on the morning of Day 4

Advanced Programme. The advanced programme includes wild camping in the mountains, which typically extends the programme to 4 days. Days 2 and 3 will be spent in the mountains allowing for 2 nights under canvas and seminar work on Day 4. Typically, Day 4 will be full and participants will gain from socialising/networking in the evening, returning on the morning of Day 5.

Review. To encourage active application of programme gains to working practice it is important to review impact. Thus, the review process forms an inherent part of the programme, taking place either in the workplace or by questionnaire returns at an agreed interval. This allows for personal gains and learning points to be evaluated against original organisational objectives. These are combined in the evaluation to enable trainers to determine success.

Trainer Involvement. Trainer involvement is critical in both the pre-programme assessment and the review. Additionally, you may consider it appropriate to include your trainer in the full programme, dependent upon organisational structure.

Accommodation. I have negotiated rooms at the Wasdale Head Inn which provides comfortable en-suite rooms in the most amazing mountain setting, the opportunity to eat well and access to a well-appointed bar for relaxation. The Inn will also be the base for our seminar work, and there is a drying room for wet days. When I first stayed at the Inn I was struck by the beauty of its setting at the head of a long dale, looking onto cheap michael kors handbags Great Gable and Lingmell which hides Scafell Pike, the mountains where our work will take place.

Equipment. I supply all safety equipment, rucksacs, food and drink in the mountains, compasses and maps. Most participants prefer to bring their own waterproofs and boots. As part of the pre-programme assessment I will detail essential clothing, and I can advise on appropriate clothing if required

Transport. I can arrange transport, either from your place of work or from Lake District railway stations. For most teams the replica rolex journey to the western side of the Lake District is longer than to other parts of the Lake District. However, I'm sure you'll find that both the programme and the setting more than compensate for the additional journey.

Costs will depend upon the final structure of the programme, but a general costing can be provided on initial enquiry, and programme requirements adjusted according to budget.

Wasdale Head Inn: base for our team & management development programmes
Wasdale Head Inn. Photo by Walking Britain

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