Leadership Development Program tools
Our Leadership Development tools help to:
Visualize, design, and act on a specific “desired state” that you create for your organization’s future, and for the teams that you lead.
Learn about and practice using certain aspects of proven effective leadership techniques.
Help your leadership team gain a better systems approach.
Create more sustainability in, and for the organization.
Learn to inspire and empower others to be more effective and efficient with the changes they are being asked to work through.
- Identify and share what the barriers are that hold your organization back, and how to break through them.
Our Leadership Development Experiential Activities include:
Facilitation with all of our teambuilding activities are re-framed to focus on developing the participant’s leadership capacity. We work with you to customize this for your group’s particular needs. In addition, we offer:
Sawmill Business Scenario
Successfully led organizations achieve their mission by communicating a clear goal, showing their knowledge of their resources while capitalizing on them, and have an ability to execute their plans efficiently. They develop smart systems that adapt to changes in the environment, and have a plan for sustainability. Each of these characteristics can be enhanced during this role-playing event that uses an actual sawmill. Participants "do the work" and compete to win a rewarding contract for future orders. Time frame: 1 – 2 days
Ethics and Values
To attract and hold onto a creative staff and to have sustainable growth, an organization needs goals that go beyond salaries and benefits. Shared values are what define who we are now and what we strive to become. Your clearly expressed ethics & values motivate people to move in the same direction. This program is designed to clarify personal and organizational values, leading to better ethical decision making and mission alignment. Newly formed and merging organizations define and agree on what their shared values are.
Chaos and Order
Science has been learning more and more about the “chaos and order” that exists in the natural world. The Nature Place uses this as a tool to help your leadership team make a leap with its understanding of how they work within, and lead their human ecosystem/organization. Participants consider the long view in order to gain valuable new “leadership perspectives” on how they can affect behavior positively in your business system in order to create clearly-defined objectives. Participants gain enlightened ideas that will formulate future action plans, and therefore help lead the organization in a much more focused way. This is a great activity to use toward the end of a multi-day “leadership perspective” program to help participants create their tangible action items to be implemented when they leave the mountain. Time frame: 3 hours (outdoors)
Change and Transition
Creating organizational change is a leadership skill; it is the means of transforming a leader's vision of the future into concrete reality. It requires the skills of guiding an organization, and its individuals through a process of adapting to the change: a process known as transition. This course teaches a well-researched model and uses practical, useful tools that will reduce resistance from others, and increase the speed of the transition toward completion. Time frame: 4 hours (conference room session)
The Nature Place Observatory has the one of largest telescopes in Colorado, a 17 1/2 inch diameter mirror. Our location on 6,000 acres away from city lights provides an excellent opportunity for viewing celestial objects, and for considering our place and role on Earth, and in the bigger picture. This activity provides thought leaders the ultimate long view of us in space and time, giving unique perspectives that help participants prioritize what is important in their lives, and in their work.
This is an activity that builds camaraderie by going on a journey together, while having fun looking at the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, the great cluster in Hercules, and much more.
Astronomy works well when linked with some of our other Leadership Development activities, the Five Billion Year Walk, the Forest Walk and/or Chaos & Order. Time frame: 1-3 hours
“I have often felt that to an astronomer, man is nothing more than an insignificant dot in an infinite universe. But then I realize that the insignificant dot who is man is also the astronomer.” -Albert Einstein
Five billion Year Walk
Take an interactive journey during this “walk and talk” from the past to the present, while considering the continual change in Earth's recorded history. Along the way, leaders will gain an understanding that “we are part of something bigger” and how it relates to your particular organization. We then create tangible action items that are needed in order to achieve the "desired state of the future" for your organization. This activity blends well with all of our other team and leadership development activities during a more in-depth, and intentionally multi-day program. Time frame: 3 hours to 1 days
The Forest Walk
Teamwork in the business world is not unlike the interconnections in a natural system, the forest in this case. Each individual brings a set of experiences, personal styles, education, motivations, and needs to the web of interconnections within the group. By looking closely at various species in the surrounding ecosystem (a research and development laboratory that is several million years old) our facilitator illustrates specifically nature’s unparalleled use of diversity, efficiency, innovation, change management, and more. When appropriate, tangible action items for your workplace become available to the group during this facilitated “walk and talk” activity. Time frame: 90 minutes - 3 hours
“The purpose of our workshops was to develop and cement relationships. We were able to do this because of the isolation from social distraction, the relaxed atmosphere, and the comfortable, well-planned programs and meeting areas."
“Compared to other training programs that I have attended, I can honestly say that this is one program that I felt was totally worth my time and that was building my abilities from the moment we started until the very end. It was the toughest training program I’ve been to and yet somehow I felt very comfortable with the atmosphere at all times. I would like to congratulate you on the quality of instructors that..."
“I’m more reflective and confident when my leadership is sought. I react differently now to situations. And I just know that I have been transformed as a leader."
“This program provided me with an enriching experience that is beyond compare. Our facilitator was superb, he challenged but didn’t force. It was an awesome experience to help me think beyond the norm from now on.”
“I came into the Sawmill Business Scenario with a sceptic mind not knowing what to expect. I was worried that I would not be able to have the abilities needed to do well with this program. However, I not only completed those activities that were physically demanding, I learned quite a bit about my own strengths as a team member, attributes as a leader and also how my weaknesses were triggered.”
"Our Chief Officers just attended a 3 day leadership training and development program at The Nature Place. The program was nothing short of outstanding. I recommend the Insights Discovery System, the high ropes challenge course, and going to the observatory, although every activity we participated in was fun and educational. The staff was very service oriented and fun to be around..."
“The challenge activities you planned were perfect. Your facilitators did an excellent job connecting with our work environment and the way they made the experience like our real life enhanced the takeaways for us. We will be back.”
"Please accept my appreciation for the exceptional services provided by you and your staff in support of Forces Command. The Nature Place is the ideal site for this exciting and meaningful event, for it provides the optimum atmosphere for focusing on the important topic of character and leadership development. The comfortable quarters, delicious food and gorgeous setting only serve..."
“My sincere appreciation for the team building experience The Nature Place provided for my group and their families. The facilities are top notch and the location is truly magnificent. I know that the benefits gained during our time spent at The Nature Place will be long lasting."
“Leaders cannot command commitment; they can only inspire it. What may begin as “my” vision emerges as “our” vision."
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