Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield (Paperback)
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This is the first book to describe in detail the principles of Outward Bound, told through the stories of former instructors and graduates who show how to apply them to create healthier, more effective teams, organizations, and communities.
For nearly six decades Outward Bound USA’s education programs have shaped the lives of tens of thousands of participants. Strangers are put in an unfamiliar and unpredictable setting, where to succeed they must develop a sense of teamwork, resilience, self-confidence, and a focus on the greater good. But, Mark Brown asks, isn’t the modern world just as unpredictable and challenging as any mountain or desert? He shows how the same principles that bind people together in the natural world work just as well in cities, companies, and communities.
This book explores the concept of Expeditionary Leadership through the stories of people such as third-generation business steward Laura Kohler, the Home Depot cofounder Arthur Blank, and former United States Senator Mark Udall, whose lives were touched by Outward Bound and who then went on to make a positive difference in the world. They show how each of us can, in our own way, use the Outward Bound philosophy to bravely face the wild unknowns in our daily lives.
From training the first Peace Corps volunteers to partnering with thousands of educational institutions and corporations, Outward Bound has helped build the self-confidence and character of participants who have gone on to live richer, more fulfilling, and successful lives. Outward Bound internationally operates in thirty-three countries and impacts nearly a quarter of a million people annually.
About the Author
Mark Michaux Brown worked for twenty-two years as a field instructor and program manager for Outward Bound, where he helped design some of the first Leadership Development Programs used by hundreds of companies as diverse as the Home Depot and Cox Enterprises. He spent more than seven years on the leadership team of a New England company using Expeditionary Leadership principles to transform its culture. He currently works as a master organizational coach and consultant, guiding people and organizations to thrive through change. He also serves on the advisory board of several organizations, including two technology start-ups and the University of New Hampshire's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.
“This well-written book lifts up and celebrates Outward Bound's core values: integrity, excellence, and, above all, compassion.”
—Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
“There is more in you than you think.”
—Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound
“Seven days with Outward Bound in the West Texas desert was the catalyst that challenged me to get clear about my value system and about the direction of my life. Reading this book will do the same thing for you.”
—Joe Tye, founder and CEO, Values Coach Inc., and author of All Hands on Deck and The Florence Prescription
“This is an extraordinary book about learning and the inspiration that comes from learning. The book is an invitation to take a journey you will never forget.”
—Robert E. Quinn, coauthor of The Economics of Higher Purpose and Professor Emeritus, Center for Positive Organizations, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
“Chock-full of inspiring stories from people around the country who have applied the principles of Outward Bound to their personal journeys of success. Mark Brown reminds us that anything is possible when there is no alternative other than putting one foot in front of the other.”
—Michelle Denogean, Chief Marketing Officer, Roadster