WHAT MAKES OUTBOUND
AN EFFECTIVE TRAINING TOOL
In today's corporate world, the need of the
hour is for smart thinking, swift action and effective people
skills - qualities that are more effectively developed in an
experiential setting than through classroom training.
Outbound programmes have been found to be
particularly effective in areas that involve interpersonal relationships,
trust and bonding, communication of shared vision and goals,
motivation, behaviour modification in response to change, and
These programmes are usually conducted in
wilderness sites far removed from human civilization. In a tranquil
and informal environment, up close with nature, people are found
to become more introspective and uninhibited, paving the way
for a complete and effective learning process. After spending
a few days in an outdoor situation, team members tend to bond
together in a way that is impossible in an urban office atmosphere
with its attendant worries and stress.
Additionally, in unfamiliar environments and
unpredictable situations, stretched beyond their normal comfort
zones, people tend to lose their inhibitions, shed their masks
and become more receptive to learning. In the enviromnment thus
created, it becomes possible for a sensitive and experienced
facilitator to identify strengths and trouble areas, and suggest
new coping behaviour.
Outbound training is particularly relevant
to today's society as it demonstrates to people that they in
fact do possess the necessary internal resources required of
them; that in spite of differences in backgrounds they can live
and work together; and that it is intrinsic to human nature
to be helpful.
It has been repeatedly proven that the participants
in a well-designed outbound programme always find the experience
memorable, and the benefits significant and long-lasting. To
hear it from participants themselves, visit our testimonials
AREAS WHERE OUTBOUND IS MOST
Building successful teams while focusing on problem-solving,
communication, trust-building, change and conflict resolution.
Identifying and developing traits successfully employed in situations
involving strategy, goal setting, planning, resource allocation,
empowerment, and decision-making.
Enabling an organisation to build a shared culture, integrating
new organizational structures, managing transitions, and expanding
perceived limits of performance.
Improving interpersonal skills, removing communication blocks,
building abilities to express and resolve differences in an
Personal and Professional
Improving self image through emphasis on personal and group
achievements, encouragement to stretch beyond perceived limits,
and gaining a renewed sense of purpose and commitment.
Develops abilities to relate meaningfully and with confidence
in group and individual situations, working towards enhancing
Builds effective communication skills that enables enhanced
performance and productivity.
Reduces lead time in creating productive, effective employees
and enables faster integration of corporate culture, values,
Creating more effective client, vendor, supplier, alliance,
and partner relationships through shared experiences and goals
WHAT IS OUTBOUND TRAINING?
The concept of using the outdoors as a tool
in management training was first developed in the 1940's by
Dr. Kurt Hahn, a philosopher outdoorsman who believed that the
outdoors has many lessons for city people which will enhance
their personal thresholds as well as group thresholds. It was
Dr. Hahn's belief that advancing civilizations and technology
were depriving many persons the opportunities to develop self-reliance,
physical fitness and a compassion for others.
An established corporate training tool in
Western countries, Out Bound Training is gaining increasing
popularity in India today as more and more corporate houses
discover its ability to solve a number of issues that cannot
be completely addressed in classroom training situations. The
most obvious - and immediate - benefits of OBT is a building
up of interpersonal relationships, trust and bonding.
The crux of OBT lies in taking a group of
people away from their normal environment into the outdoors,
and placing a new, unfamiliar set of challenges before them,
in the solving of which a whole lot of new equations are thrown
up. The programme works on the principle that when a team is
thrown together in wilderness or adventure settings, where they
have to fend for themselves and meet challenges together, there
is growth in many directions.
At the operational level, outbound learning
works on the following assumptions :
- People generally have more resources and
are more capable than they think they are.
- A small heterogeneous group is capable
of successfully coping with significant physical and mental
- Learning is more successful when problems
are presented rather than solutions or methodologies.
- Stress and shared adventure serve as important
catalysts in the discovery process.
- The single most important factor that determines
a person's future is his idea of self.
- Significant, long-lasting learning
can be achieved through an intensive, short-term experience.