Outward Bound Professional Testimonials
“Outward Bound Leadership Experience provides a way for our emerging leaders to learn about their leadership, team and self-motivation skills. This grew their confidence to action long-term changes in the workplace. Participants from several programs have commonly said it is the most challenging, confronting and 'best development' they have done in their career”.
“Having worked for a few multinationals who would pride themselves on their development programs - and having been a participant on many programs - I would have to say that the Outward Bound program is one of the best I have been involved in. I admit that I am biased and passionate about this style of learning - however if we are looking to deliver a sustained lifestyle change in a Manager - this has to be the environment in which to do.
All participants were taken out of the 'comfort zone' at one point or other - physically emotionally and intellectually. The OBA leaders however always provided a safe supportive and reflective environment to maximise learning and sharing.
All participants were suitably 'charged up' by the end of the program. Our final debrief reminded them that their challenge would be to reflect and maintain at least one or two personal changes that would improve themselves, their family and their workspace.”
Mary Dahdah, Learning and Organisational Development Manager, Boral
“The personal and team learning's that I have taken away from this course will be of great value to me in both my current role as a Customer Service Manager and as well as future roles. The course was heavily focused at the completion on practical ways to transfer the learning's back to the home and workplace. I believe that this course is well targeted to a wide range of people and roles from the Supervisor looking to move to a Management position all the way to Managers already at a senior level. All would benefit from this style of leadership training.
This training was money very well spent by
and I would recommend this course to anyone and thank you again for the opportunity”. Fletcher Building
Recently I experienced for myself the incredible positive power drawn from understanding others and acknowledging our differences during a 12-day Self Development and Leadership program run by Victorian volunteer organization - the CFA (Country Fire Authority).
Firstly, we undertook theory to learn about both individual and group Values and Behaviours, people’s communication preferences (such as Visual, Kinesthetic, Auditory and Data Digital), differences between the male and female brain (including communication techniques) - amongst many other things.
Once the classroom work was complete, it was time to put this new knowledge into practice.
All 20 of us were taken to a remote part of the Victoria where our personal boundaries were pushed with activities such as Whitewater Rafting (four days), bushwalking, caving, abseiling, rock climbing, and a 24hr solo (this involved being placed in the bush by yourself with limited supplies to make camp and prepare food - and was a time for reflection without interruption). During these eight days, participants were able to share and conquer their fears, provide leadership to the group and assist others in meeting their goals.
I have been a part of many large teams before, but never before have I witnessed a team coming together in such a short time to achieve great things. This I attribute mostly to what was learnt in the classroom, as without it, the strong group dynamic would not have been possible.
When we have a greater understanding of those around us and acknowledge (and accept) our differences, great things are possible.
I would like to extend a big thank to Carol Fox of Life Performance and the team at Outward Bound Australia for making this program so successful
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Wayne Goodes, Training Manager, fmedge
“I can confidently say it is the best course I have attended and would recommend it to anyone. It is the only course I have attended which allows time for self-reflection and to reconnect with your values both at work and at home. In a busy world, you can forget these.... the things, which define you. It has given me greater confidence and inspired me to be a better leader and highlighted that the impossible is possible when a team pulls together.”
Cameron Corcoran, Fletcher Insulation
“I recommend this program to anyone aspiring to be a leader: graduates to middle management, really anyone who seeks growth and to understand effective leadership and teamwork.
The course opened my mind to myself and how well I can work with others, and how to learn more from others. In the week just passed being back at work, I have been more conscious of varying leadership styles and different elements being implemented to draw team members to a common goal. I feel more attuned to what is going on around me in both the literal & figurative sense.”
Gillian Acres, Executive Assistant, Westpac Banking Corporation
“The difference between a regular training session and the Outward Bound course is that people can study management techniques for years and not to be able to use them in the practice. The participants of Outward Bound courses are challenged in an emotional and mental way in order to be able to use such techniques in a natural and conscious way at the end of each training session.”
Josh Smolenears, The Laminex Group
“Outward Bound’s Professional Program is a life-changing experience to say the least. Every member of my group was privileged to have been able to take away so many learnings and apply them in our daily lives from just one short week. I believe the unique blend of theoretical, experiential and real-life scenario teachings, together with a balance between team-oriented and self-guided activities have greatly increased our awareness towards our personal behaviours and how we interact with other people in our worlds.”
Victor Lee, Project Logistics Manager, Mettle Group
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have participated in this course. The week is well constructed and thought through (avoiding the standard team building activities that many of us would be familiar with). It is a formula that works by integrating theory with practice. It is challenging and demanding on a variety of levels to address the participant’s diverse backgrounds and the experiences they already bring. The Outward Bound team are professional, knowledgeable and experienced. They strike the right balance between pushing the participants to take a risk whilst maintaining a high level of health and safety practices”.
GeorginaCourse, The Smith Family
“The program’s ‘experiential' method puts participants in various situations where their leadership styles can easily be observed. The immediate and frequent feedback from the co-participants and facilitators that follows each team activity crystallizes the key learning points about a participant’s leadership strengths and areas of development. In effect, the program constructively contrasts one’s self-perception with what others have of him/her.”
Charles Tiuson, Boral
Firstly, the experience I had at the hands of your people was one of the most valuable I’ve had in terms of allowing me to see how I behave and how i come across to others. I think that the reason that it was so powerful for me was because I was open to the self-reflection that the Outward Bounder's allowed to happen carefully and progressively throughout the week. I think that the insight allowed by the honesty and dialogue fostered has allowed to move beyond some unhelpful behaviours that I was carrying. The self- development aspect of the course was excellent for me”.
Jolyon Burford, Foundation for Young Australians
“The highlight of the programs was learning the importance of difference roles within a team and how to harness a range of diverse opinions and views to achieve an end results. There was a big emphasis on the importance of listening to others and formulating a common goal, which has really helped out team back at work”
“I really enjoyed getting to know my peers’ backgrounds, strengths and goals. It also gave me greater insight into my own strengths and weaknesses and helped me recognise that everyone has leadership potential and that different leaders are appropriate at difference times”
“My time on Outward Bound has taught me the importance of maintaining morale when in a leadership role and that everyone has to be moving or changing together to succeed”.
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