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Go get some awe!

I am in Falkirk, Scotland today. Being a tourist, and visiting the “Kelpies“.

“Kelpies” are mythical creatures, shape-shifters, living in water, and often taking the form of horses. And here they are given huge, 30 metre-high, metallic form by Scottish sculpturist Andy Scott.

I find myself staring at them.  A full, timeless hour.

In total awe.

The form, the detail, the metal-work, the underlying structures, their sheer size. The changing colours and reflections. The sense of living personality. Their artistic representation of the industrial revolution, progress, cutting edge technology, and guardianship of Scotland’s equine heritage and inland waterways. The passion of the sculpturist that created them. And lots more.

And just a hundred meters away, a group of happy, squealing children are being led through the woods and wetlands on a “Fairies, Elves, and Woodland Friends” walk.

More awe.

Today helped me realise I am in the business of awe.

And that perhaps we all should be?

We help senior teams and leaders tap into the extraordinary. They are for the most part tired, anxious, and scared. They seek new levels of trust, the courage to engage closely, excitement and inspiration, and the guts to execute bold, elegant moves.

When were you last in awe?

When did you last spend timeliness moments lost in awe? How can you make this part of what makes you and those around you brilliant at what you do?

Go get some awe!

Dave Stewart

Managing Director, The Fresh Air Learning Company

Extraordinary Team Experiences | Inspirational Leadership Journeys

P.S. Our next engagement with awe has 3 places left. Highland Hack, a 4 night/3 day walking journey for senior leaders through the Scottish Highlands gathers evening 12 Sep and disperses breakfast 16 Sep 16. Find out more here.

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Gravity, flat-landers, and flat-lining

Do you recognise this start to your day?

“I put on my work clothes. Pressed. No creases. I slip my smooth flat laptop into its flat case, and into my flat shoulder bag. I head for the station. The flat ticket comes out of the flat fronted machine when I put my flat credit card in and punch the purchase code into the flat keyboard. I sit on a flat seat, or maybe stand on the flat floor of the carriage hurtling along the flat, straight rails. I read the news headlines and emails from the glowing flat screen of my smart phone. I look up and see a two-dimensional countryside whizz past through the flat toughened glass windows. Arriving at work, my flat magnetic pass gets me in. I print off a flat agenda and other flat papers and head along the flat corridor to the meeting room. Its made from flat metal and glass. I sit on another flat seat, and place my flat papers on the smooth flat conference table. Others arrive with their flat papers. The meeting starts. The conversation we then have is ….”

Sure, there are lots of great reasons to live and work like this.

But tell me this…

How do you escape the gravitational pull of the flat-lands?

Where do you go to discover mind-shifting perspectives? To do some seriously great thinking? To have truly awesome conversations with the people you need to connect courageously and creatively with? To find and share real passion and energy? To align behind the bold moves you need to make?

Are you flat-lining as a leader, as a team, as a business?

What is the worst that could happen if you were to blast out of your flat-lining flat-lander’s existence for a few days, and do something vibrant and inspiringly different?

We can help of course. And here is one exceptional journey that has worked brilliantly for gravity-defying former-flatlanders.

Your courage. Our creativity. Your call. Let’ go.

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Naturally crazy. Give it a go!

We took a business team up Pen y Fan, Southern UK’s highest top, two nights ago. A perfect full moon followed by a perfect sunrise. An inspiring experience in its own right.

During the ascent, friend and Fresh Air Learning Company associate, Jo Bradshaw recounted her experience of summit night on Mount Everest exactly 2 months previously.

A combination of terrain (one tenth scale of Everest, and topographic features she could link to the South Col, Hilary Step, South Summit, and summit etc.), iPad slides – brilliantly colourful in the dark, and the physical exertion of participants themselves, made the experience an Everest talk with a difference.

For our clients, the walk was primarily about achieving something out of the ordinary together. And they did. A grounding and connecting experience. A meaning-full reference point for future conversations.

The Everest story, and Jo herself, provided an interactive layer of metaphors around goals, resilience and teamwork to the whole experience.

So what?

The team was extraordinary in a number of respects.

Not all were outdoor people, only two described themselves as hillwalkers, there was a wide range of fitness levels, no-one had walked up a mountain in the dark before, and no-one had witnessed the magic of a mountain sunrise in their three or four decades.

And yet there was a willingness to give this crazy idea a go. Remember there was no expectation that the weather would be so incredible when they booked this Fresh Air Business Walk several weeks previously.

There was a sense that their personal and working relationships would be enriched by doing something different together; something connected with the outdoors and naturally inspiring; and through Jo’s Everest story, humanly inspiring.

Now what?

When you consider the needs of your team, where are you all on the spectrum of mundane to way-beyond-ordinary when it comes to creating the sorts of relationships that make great performance possible?

And you know that if you always do what you have always done, you’ll always get what you have always got.

Your courage. Our creativity. Your call. What might be possible?

 

 

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A return to Nature

(This is a guest blog by a good friend of ours – Andy Milward of Milward: Consulting & Research in Strategic Leadership

We are in the constant grip of unhealthy imperatives

Our quality of life is under assault. Employers exhort us to ‘drive’, to ‘compete’, to ‘deliver’, to be ‘crisp’. They expect us to act not reflect.

The virtual world has increased social distance and reduced personal intimacy. Face to face contact is the exception not the rule. Relationships have become shallow and transient. Trust is rare and suspicion is rife.

The pursuit of self-interest transcends the pursuit of the common good. We behave with reckless abandon, regardless of the damage we cause to others.

Aspirational advertising induces us to strive for things we can rarely attain, and certainly do not need.

We must always look good and never show weakness. If we fall short of the standards expected of us we have failed, not tried.

Life has become a debilitating competition

Perpetual media envelops us in misery with its selective reproduction of bad news and gloomy prognoses.

Press intrusion is making our private lives public.  Governmental intrusion is eroding our liberties.

We face a crisis in health

There is an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Young women unable to attain that perfect airbrushed body are afflicted with life-threatening disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia.

Substance abuse is ubiquitous.

The World Health Organisation forecasts that depressive illness is expected to constitute the second largest cause of disease burden in the world by 2020[1]

We are living in a permanent state of existential angst

But we were not intended to live this way. In our efforts to exploit the opportunities the world offers, we have lost sight of what really matters in life. The human and environmental cost is a devastating indictment of our behaviour. We are the architects of our own demise.

However, there is a simple thing we can all do to improve our own and others’ wellbeing.

It does not require decades of pharmaceutical research. It does not need a massive investment of taxpayers’ money. It does not require a revolution in ideology. The solution is all around us. We encounter it every day, but sadly we do not recognise it.

The solution is a return to nature

A return to nature is a retreat from the bruising turbulence of life. There is a great stillness in nature that restores our sense of presence and place.

As the ancients have taught us, meditation, yoga, and similar practices help us to control our attention, and deflect unwelcome thoughts.

A return to nature has the same effect. It is the most natural therapy.

It helps us learn to live in the present moment, not the guilty past, or in an anxious future.

We can learn to see, smell, feel, and hear again

Who is not moved by an early morning mist shrouding the landscape, rays of sunlight piercing a forest canopy, or the fragrance of flowers wafted on a balmy breeze.

Contemplate the serenity of a sunset, the magnificence of ice-capped mountains, or the eternal swell of the ocean.

Nature heals us with its music. The dawn chorus, the splatter of rain on a muddy path, the crunch of freshly fallen snow underfoot. The rustling of leaves in the trees, the crash of waves on the shore, the anguished howl of a gale.

We should learn from the animal world. Watch your pet dog or cat basking in the sun. They do not ruminate about the past, or worry about the future. They live in the present. Their sheer joy emanates from simply being in the world.

The majesty of nature disposes us to curb our self-conceit. It reminds us we are each but a minute part of a vast, mysterious universe. Although we each have a valuable role to play, no one of us is more important than any other.

Nature has the potential to re-humanise our participation in the social world

Our detachment from nature has impoverished our social conscience. By reconnecting with nature we can recover the cardinal virtues we have long abandoned.

Employers, teachers, politicians, anyone able to influence the thoughts, feelings, and behaviour of others, has a responsibility to reconnect with nature. Nature cleanses the mind, elevates the spirit, but above all, it inspires moral action.

A return to nature should be a compulsory element in everyone’s personal development. Unfortunately, it does not feature largely in our educational curriculum. Policy makers take note.

Andy Milward

Milward: Consulting & Research in Strategic Leadership

[1] WHO. (2008). “What is Depression?”   Retrieved 10 July 2016, from http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/definition/en/.

 

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The CEO burst into tears

Dear CEO,

A friend of mine once asked a CEO colleague when he, the CEO, had last heard bird song.

The CEO burst into tears.

He had been living a life in offices, taxis, trains and planes. Incessantly.

What are you hearing just now?

Intermittent high pitched screeching? The threatening bass riff from Jaws? Maybe an uplifting orchestral film score? Or something distractingly discordant?

Who is the conductor in all of this? Maybe its a happily creative jam session. Or a disorganised cacophony on a loop?

And what of the whispers?

And the lows and highs on the edge of hearing?

How do you attend to those? And what sense are you making of these? Great ideas in the making? Or the fin of an inbound shark?

Back to the tearful CEO.

There’s something right there about being disconnected from something important. Something we are missing in our flat worlds of screens, spreadsheets, tables, flip-charts,  floors, roads and runways. Something that refreshes, inspires, and energises. And a whole lot more.

Dear CEO,  when did you last hear bird song. And savour it? Deeply?

Dave Stewart

Managing Director

The Fresh Air Learning Company

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Leave the office? Bad things could happen…

Earlier this week we walked with the owners of Valuable Content in the Mendip Hills, just south of Bristol. We do this sort of thing a lot.

Four of us. A short walk. Something like 6kms in under 2 hours. At a pace that allowed for easy talking and laughter. With lots of stops to take in the views, listen to birdsong, and feel the breeze on our faces.

An early sandwich. And then to the office.

Mood changing. Uplifting. Inspiring. Energising.

Gordon Bennett! When did you last feel like this in a business meeting or workshop?

A creative thinking walk isn’t possible for many business leaders of course. Is it? Here are 3 reasons why this is so “evidently” the case. You will know of other excuses reasons. Let me know.

The tail wags the dog!

“Mondays are just SO busy. All those anxious weekend emails, as well as the old smelly lurkers. I need my Monday morning to get stuck into these as well as chair a couple of really important meetings”.

Come on! You are a leader. A shaper of futures. And here you are dancing to the tune of other people’s emails. How about a simple out-of-office message that tells people you will look at emails in the afternoon (or whenever)? You have cleared the space; they know the score; everyone is cool. Be more dog. Own your tail. Don’t overthink it. Just get out and give it a go. What’s the worst that could happen….

Bad things could happen!

“If I am not there to answer questions, give direction, and provide “tone” it could all fall apart!”

Oh really! Sounds like you are a brilliant doer of stuff with a time horizon measured in hours. Not the architect of your business’ future. So here’s an idea. Put something in your diary which says “this morning/day/week I am going to be a leader, do leader’y stuff, do some powerful thinking, have significant conversations, attend to my personal wellness and resilience” etc.. Use your task management skills to task manage your business’ leadership needs!

Uncertainty!

“I don’t know these people. What if the weather is bad? What’s the value of this investment in my time? I might give it a go someday.”

Great points. You are a leader operating in a complex and challenging business environment. You are expert at balancing risk and opportunity. You understand the need for external expertise and collaborations. And you are constantly looking to innovate. So, here’s what you do. Do some due diligence (start with the almost weekly media articles around the business value of walking, talking, and thinking in the outdoors), personally model the experimentation mindset that underpins your claims to be agile and innovative, and COMMIT. There are seven days in the week and SOMEday isn’t one of them 🙂

And finally…

When you do commit to be more dog and go outdoors, do so as part of a group or one of your formed teams. Large or small, it doesn’t matter. It’s a bit of a cop out to go on your own. Ok, that’s a bit harsh – the point is that there is huge power to be had in bouncing and building fresh ideas with others. But you know this.

Go on, give it a go. Here are some other great reasons to do so.

Dave Stewart

Managing Director

The Fresh Air Learning Company

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Cumbrian Challenge Taster Walks

Thinking of signing up for the 2017 Cumbrian Challenge?

Then you’ll know that it is one of Walking With The Wounded’s flagship events. That the next one is on 13 May 17 in the Lake District.  And you’ll know there is a choice of routes – 10kms, 20kms, and 30 kms. And that entry is for teams of 4.

But you want to know more. Right?

So, how about an expertly led taster walk?

  • Want to learn what’s involved?
  • Be inspired and energised?
  • Learn about the clothing & kit you’ll need?
  • How to prepare yourself and your team?
  • How to look after each other?
  • Share great fund raising ideas?
  • And discover how doable and awesome the Cumbrian Challenge experience will be!

We are proudly supporting Walking With The Wounded to provide a programme of taster walks in Southern England.

We’ll walk, talk, learn and laugh our way around a gently paced 15kms route through stunning countryside.

Bring your family and friends too!

They’re your best supporters. They might be inspired to participate too!

All taster walk participants will all be eligible for 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, one of  the UK’s leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailers.

The price is £30 per person (includes VAT).

Book your place now

Email us at info@freshairlearning.com or telephone 0800 052 7900 (free from a UK landline). Or even better, book on Eventbrite as follows:

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Want to learn what’s involved? Be inspired and energised? How about a taster walk?

Ben Fogle, Chief Execs and Camping – Why Ben is Wrong

In a recent interview for the Guardian, Ben Fogle expressed the belief that ten days in a tent in the wilderness is enough to change the outlook and management style of any businessman or woman for the better.

HE IS WRONG

Here are 3 reasons why.

# 1: I am not burnt out yet

I have a ton of stuff to get done. And so my attention needs to stay focussed on this. Action, action, action. Going outdoors, walking, camping, whatever. It’s just going to distract me with lots of sensory stimulation. And all those metaphors that will creep up and knock me on the head, tug at my heart, and mess with my spirit. Just too much opportunity for me to start seeing things differently. I have already told you what I need. Focus, focus, focus!

It’s a bit warm in here isn’t it? Or is it just me?

# 2: I don’t want any dodgy things happening to my body’s biochemistry

All this movement through natural landscapes allows spooky stuff to happen, not least a lightening of mood, and openness to fresh ideas. Have you any idea how much havoc this could play with the plans we have in place and need to execute on with an unrelenting focus? Isn’t there already enough change going on!

And another thing. I don’t need a Natural Health Service for body, heart, mind and spirit. I’m very happy with the National Health Service, thank you.

# 3: Great thinking needs comfortable surroundings

What could be better than the comfort and predictability of a hotel conference suite for creative dialogue anchored in unforgettable experiences? And all those brilliant evenings at the bar. Awesome value for money!

When I think back over the last 10 years, I can remember lots of great moments, turning points, business winning insights…… Actually, I am not sure really that I do. Hey ho. It’s about today anyway. I’ve told you before. Focus, focus, focus.

DON”T GET SUCKERED IN!

Of course, you may not be swayed by my reasoning. And maybe you’re going to give the outdoors a go regardless? Folly if you ask me!

And maybe you’re going to involve your colleagues.

Here are seven allegedly great reasons that you will probably draw on to persuade them.

I hope they don’t get suckered in.

Keep on doing what you have always done, and you’ll always get what you’ve always got

That’s what you want. Right?

 

Dave Stewart

Managing Director

The Fresh Air Learning Company

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An assumption of magic!

This is the first in a series of short blogs that add meat to our teaser paper “13 Reasons Why Your Team Probably Isn’t Very Good …

Reason 1: An assumption of magic!

Your organisation spends big money on individuals, infrastructure, IT and change programmes.

But what attention is being paid to teams? And how stellar do they need to be?

We often come across a prevailing assumption that good stuff will somehow happen by good people just turning up.

It’s almost an assumption that magic will happen.

Of course the whole “team” concept is problematic. It is a generic term that masks different types of team, each type optimised for different times and contexts.

It can also be seductive. Teams are cool and aspirational.

And they can be full of egos. Not just the toxic kind of ego, but the straightforward and well-meaning, “I have been leading teams for 20 years. We don’t need any external support. I have it covered. But thanks for asking.”

So, who in your organisation is asking these questions?

  • What is a team?
  • What types are there?
  • What do we need around here?
  • How do we team at our very best? On a consistent basis?
  • How do we stay sharp and relevant?

Back to the magic. You can do nothing and hope that good people working together will deliver good results. Yes, that can work. “Ordinary” is a safe goal to aim for.

But what is possible when you pay real attention to the philosophy and practice of teams? What happens when you move beyond the generic, beyond the cool and aspirational, beyond the masks and egos? What happens when you see teams as hubs of creativity and learning, and engines of consistently successful delivery? What happens when you invest in this belief?

Way beyond ordinary is possible!

Future blogs in this series based on “13 Reasons Why Your Team Probably Isn’t vey Good…..” will provide some tips on how to invest in your teams to help them operate at their very best on a consistent basis.

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Fresh Air Hack PROGRAMME

Keep an eye out for the new dates and walks we’re going to be adding in the coming months. If Fresh Air Hack concept is new to you  (also known as Fresh Air Business Walks) then read more here.

Simply sign-up for the Fresh Air Hack you want via the Eventbrite link or email address below. We will make sure you get the information you need.

And we’ll also send you a 15% discount code for on-line and in-store purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, one of UK’s leading outdoor equipment & clothing retailers.

If you want to book out a whole Fresh Air Hack, or need some focussed one-on-one time in the hills, that’s great. Contact us direct at info@freshairlearning.com and we’ll work with you to ensure you get the tailored experience you want, for the numbers you need, on the dates that work best for you.

What about the weather? Our walks will go ahead in all but the most extreme conditions. The routes chosen on the day will reflect the weather, underfoot conditions, and water courses, as well as party capabilities.

  • Thu 14 Jul 16, 14:00 – 17:00
  • Mendip Hills, Somerset
  • 7kms, easy walking on good paths
  • 8 places. £50 + VAT per person
  • BOOK NOW via Eventbrite
  • Tue 19 Jul 16, 03:45 – 07:00
  • Moonlit-Sunrise ascent of Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • 7kms, sustained ascent of 550m (1800 feet) on good paths
  • 8 places. £50 + VAT per person
  • BOOK NOW via Eventbrite
  • Wed 10 Aug 16, 13:30 – 16:00
  • Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
  • 8kms, easy walking on good paths
  • 8 places. £50 + VAT per person.
  • BOOK NOW via Eventbrite
  • 12 – 16 Sep 16
  • Highland Hack (read more here)
  • Bridge of Orchy, Glencoe, Kinlochleven, Fort William
  • 60kms, 3 days walking
  • 6 places. £1595 + VAT per person.
  • BOOK NOW at info@freshairlearning.com

 

Cumbrian Challenge Taster Walks

We are proudly supporting Walking With The Wounded by providing a series of taster walks around the UK in advance of the charity’s flagship fund raising event, Cumbrian Challenge. This takes place on 13 May 17, and our 15kms taster walks are as follows:

  • Sunday 7th August: Lake District, Grasmere
  • Saturday 24th September: Chilterns, Berkhamsted
  • Saturday 1st October, Lake District, Grasmere
  • Sunday 9th October, South Downs, Amberley

For more details see our Cumbrian Challenge page.

TrekPreps

We also provide preparation weekends for high altitude treks such as Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, and Aconcagua. We call these TrekPreps. These are led by experienced international expedition leaders, and based out of an exclusive-use bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons. Read more here.

  • 14 – 16 Oct 16, Brecon Beacons
  • 15 places, £165 + VAT per person.
  • BOOK NOW via Eventbrite

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Fresh Air Hacks!

Welcome to Fresh Air Hacks – a range of expertly facilitated journeys and experiences for select groups of senior business leaders and formed teams.

Fresh air, fresh thinking, fresh perspectives. Go on – give it a go!

If you want to go straight to our programme click here

Our use of the term “hack” emerged from a walk and subsequent teleconference involving three business leaders. It is a nod at “hackathon” – a collaborative process for rapidly testing ideas and developing new software products.

Our take on this? We create a relaxing, safe and creative outdoor environment – a sandpit if you like – to help senior business leaders and teams get clear on difficult issues, develop workable solutions, and commit to concrete action. Creative, collaborative, and outcome focussed.

They are also great opportunities to just breath deeply, notice the world around you, and gain fresh perspective.

We offer three flavours of Fresh Air Hack which can be utilised by individuals or teams:

  • Timeout Hack: Inspirational half-day walks in upland areas of outstanding beauty.
  • Sunrise Hack: Awesome night ascents of UK mountains to marvel at summit sunrises.
  • Highland Hack: Fully supported journeys on foot through magnificent mountain scenery. Four hotel nights and three walking days. Featuring inspirational guest companions. Read more here.

And we don’t stop there. We can provide the follow-on challenge and support needed to help you turn fresh thinking into fresh action.

Why do this?

Some business leaders need “time out” to relax, and draw energy and inspiration from stunning natural environments. Others value the space to think more clearly and creatively about big challenges and choices. And others love bouncing and building fresh ideas in the group environments we create.

What about teams? They’ve had conversations they’ve never had in the workplace. They’ve got to know one another better. And they’ve learned to trust more, think together, and align behind bold common goals.

And some organisations have used Fresh Air Hacks as outdoor alternatives to indoor meetings – for executive boards, strategy reviews, and meetings with clients.

Finally, there’s increasing media coverage and scientific evidence around the health, relationship, and creative thinking benefits of the outdoors.

So, why wouldn’t you want to tap into some of this goodness?! Read more here.

How does it work?

Click through to see our latest programme. We update this regularly, and we’re going to be adding an increasing range of walks in the coming months.

Simply sign-up for the Fresh Air Hack you want via the Eventbrite link shown in the programme against most events or email us using info@freshairlearning.com. We’ll make sure you get all the information you need.

1535554_10151903183608657_1455514042_nAnd we’ll also send you a 15% discount code for on-line and in-store purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, one of UK’s leading outdoor equipment & clothing retailers.

If you want to book out a whole Fresh Air Hack, or need some focussed one-on-one time in the hills, that’s great. Contact us direct and we’ll  ensure you get the tailored experience you want, for the numbers you need, on the dates that work best for you.

What about the weather? Our walks will go ahead in all but the most extreme conditions. The routes chosen on the day will reflect the weather, underfoot conditions, and water courses, as well as party capabilities.

What does it cost?

Pay-per-Hack

Come on as many Timeout and Sunrise Hacks as you like and pay each time. The price is £50 plus VAT per head.

Highland Hack is priced at £1595 + VAT.

In both cases enjoy 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.

6-Monthly Individual

Pay a 6-monthly membership fee of £500 plus VAT and enjoy a 10% discount on one Highland Hack and participation in as many open Timeout and Sunrise Hacks as you like per 6-month membership period.

Also includes 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.

6-Monthy Corporate

Make the outdoors part of how you do business! Involve your teams. Involve your clients. Run an al fresco meeting. A test-bed to turn an idea into a concept. A “Dragons Den” to test a proposal. Or just enjoy the opportunity to slow down and get to know one another.

Pay £3950 + VAT and receive these benefits during the 6-month membership period:

  • 6 exclusive, part- or full-day Fresh Air Hacks anywhere in mainland UK for a group of 8.
  • Led by male/female team of professional facilitators who are also qualified Mountain Leaders
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor for 8 named individuals
  • 10% discount on up to 8 places on Highland Hack

Note that the 8 individuals can be different each time.

But what about value?

We have touched on the benefits above already, and here is how some clients have described the value of Fresh Air Hacks.

  • “a boardroom without walls”
  • “business with health benefits”
  • “a sandpit to develop ideas”
  • “brilliant al fresco networking”
  • “a place where conversations come alive”

And remember, whichever arrangement you choose, you will also be eligible to a 15% discount arrangement with Cotswold Outdoor.

Who will be looking after me?

Fresh Air Hacks are led by mixed male/female leadership teams. All are experienced business leaders, qualified outdoor leaders, coaches and first aiders. And we’ll also feature inspirational guest companions from time to time. It’s a powerful blend that will ensure you get an invigorating, safe, and inspiring Fresh Air Hack.

Why do we do this?

We have spent our lives in and around elite teams, in organisations big and small. We know how to help people think and work together to deliver “way beyond ordinary” results. It’s our passion.

And it’s this passion, and our experience and skills that we want to offer through these facilitated outdoor journeys and experiences.

The Highland Hack multi-day journey format is the most powerful of all. Yet we appreciate this can be a difficult investment in time and money for some individuals and businesses to justify.

Timeout Hack and Sunrise Hack are powerful experiences in their own rights. They are also great stepping-stones to better appreciate the value and possibilities of Highland Hack.

They are also opportunities for us to meet and explore how we might work more closely together – to create the journeys that will help you achieve your goals.

Sign-up now

Visit our Fresh Air Hack programme here.

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