Have you ever said under your breath about another person, “Oh they will never change?” Sadly, I have, many times. I’m Glad Someone Didn’t Give Up On Me I can think of many instances where I gave up on a kid in a youth group, or gave up on a participant on a...read more
NASA KNOWS THE VALUE OF WILDERNESS LEADERSHIP & TEAM BUILDING
Mark Wilcox has spent a good deal of time “team-building” on a raft in the Snake River and wearing a backpack in the Tetons. In his recent article, “Adventure team-building brings out the best,” he highlights several organizations, including NASA who have used wilderness leadership pursuits to develop team work. Imagine working on the International Space Station, having to live in such close proximity with a team of other people for weeks at a time. That requires a unique team. The wilderness helps groups quickly work through interpersonal and problem-solving issues to efficiently establish cohesiveness.
OBSTACLES PROMOTE TEAM BUILDING
Things go wrong and problems arise frequently in the wilderness. And NASA knows that the same is true about space. In the backcountry, the climate changes, the weather doesn’t cooperate, the terrain you face throws you a curveball, which might mean hours of backtracking or choosing to re-route. These natural scenarios are a brilliant way to build teams and teach them how to improvise, unify, and make rapid and thorough decisions. These are qualities that NASA wants every team of astronauts to have.
- 5 WAYS TO BREAK OUT OF ANALYSIS PARALYSIS AND BE A DECISION MAKER
- Experience + Efficiency + Exposure = Rapid Decision-Making Skills
- The 3 E’s of Rapid Decision-Making Skills in Outdoor Leadership
I think you would enjoy Mark’s article, which is full of great examples that illustrate how the backcountry is an unparalleled classroom for teaching leadership, team building, and rapid decision-making.
Share with your friends
What do you think?
7 WAYS WILDERNESS MINISTRY CAN IMPACT YOUR CHURCH As a fellow pastor, mission leader, and dad, I want to share 7 reasons why youth pastors, men’s and women’s ministry leaders who want to be on the cutting edge of reaching the culture will prioritize wilderness trips:...read more
In what ways do you worship God? This video, made by Denver Seminary students, demonstrates how going into creation is a powerful tool for inspiring worship. The beautiful poem and soundtrack in the video are both praises to God. They are both expressions of worship...read more