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Hospital Resident Physicians Leave Their Comfort Zone

In Active Learning, Confidence Course Facilitator, Leave Your Comfort Zone on June 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm

When as a group facilitator / leadership coach you find yourself surrounded by talented, well-educated, and highly-skilled professionals; sometimes the best principle to follow is, “First, do no harm.”

Yesterday, I had the unique privilege to lead a group of hospital resident physicians through a number of challenges at the Mason Center for Outdoor Experiential Learning. This group of Army doctors opted to spend a little of their ‘free time’ away from 80-hour weeks and making hospital rounds at The EDGE.

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Working with these doctors-in-training was a treat. Watching them accept each and every challenge presented and then meeting and exceeding all expectations has reassured this Army veteran that our troopers and their families are in good hands. Here’s hoping that this group of doctors feels the same way about their visit to The EDGE.

Think Outside, Redux

In Appalachian Trail, Epiphanies, Leave Your Comfort Zone on June 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm
Q: Why did the black bear cross the road? A: Obviously, to avoid the hikers who were out celebrating National Trails Day.

Q: Why did the black bear cross the road?
A: Obviously, to avoid the hikers who were out celebrating National Trails Day.

 

Yesterday, I saw a bear! And last week, I saw a six foot long, black rat snake sunning itself after a mid-day shower. Several days before that my wife, son, his girlfriend, and I; drove along Skyline Drive and spotted deer. Which wasn’t too difficult as one young whitetail was grazing nonchalantly behind the Big Meadows Lodge as we were enjoying a few Margarita Blues & a Speakeasy Sour.

There’s something special about getting outdoors and reconnecting with nature. Some folks enjoy the solitude. Others may wish to go ‘glamping‘ (a trend with roots planted by the rich and famous from the West Coast). Regardless your persuasion, I encourage you to ‘think outside.’ I didn’t say ‘think outside the box’ — unless you view your house, apartment, or cubicle as a ‘box’ — but rather simply think outside, no box required.

So to encourage those who may have returned from their outdoor sojourn or to hear from our glampers who take their smart devices into the woods with them, please share your comments and observations. Or add your name to this contact form so that I may more purposefully share future stories which may appeal to those who go ‘Into the Woods’ or claim to be members of ‘We Are The Wild.’

Here are a few images captured on my hike #6 on National Trails Day.

The Appalachian Trail just north of Elkswallow Wayside & Picnic area.

The Appalachian Trail just north of Elkswallow Wayside & Picnic area.

After working to 'make your mark' at the office all week, to 'leave no trace' is good advice when going into the woods.

After working to ‘make your mark’ at the office all week, to ‘leave no trace’ is good advice when going into the woods.

Look closely. Is this a spider or some other insect?

Look closely. Is this a spider or some other insect?

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The Appalachian Trail parallels Skyline Drive thru most of the Shenandoah National Park. Here's one place where it crosses near an overlook.

The Appalachian Trail parallels Skyline Drive thru most of the Shenandoah National Park. Here’s one place where it crosses near an overlook.

Panoramic view from Rattlesnake Point Overlook

Panoramic view from Rattlesnake Point Overlook

Sometimes you get lucky during a rain storm and the forest supplies a natural 'umbrella' with its canopy.

Sometimes you get lucky during a rain storm and the forest supplies a natural ‘umbrella’ with its canopy.

Here's a selfie taken as  proof that hikers don't melt if caught in the rain.

Here’s a selfie taken as proof that hikers don’t melt if caught in the rain.

Note: The first Saturday in June has been designated as National Trails Day by the American Hiking Society. The Wilderness Society and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine sponsor the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge.

Tell Me About Your Genius: 40PlusDC ‘Monday Morning Speaker’ Slide Deck, June 8

In Facilitating Genius, leadership on June 6, 2015 at 12:48 am

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… On June 8, I intend to give away at least one FREE copy of my book. Those who wish to purchase a copy can do so for a special workshop price of ten dollars. Those who cannot attend or who are ‘sitting on the fence,’ here’s a link to the official press release as well as ‘bread crumbs’ to my publisher, eBookIt.com and their on-line bookstore.

Hope to see you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Editor’s Note: This is an update to my post entitled: “Sneak Peak at my 40Plus DC ‘Monday Morning Speaker’ Slide Deck.”

Nearly every seat was filled yesterday, June 8, at this 40PlusDC event. The videographer captured my presentation. Handouts were pre-printed and ready for all who needed them. Most folks showed up early or on time. Those who arrived late were quickly ushered to the few available chairs in the back row of the meeting space.

Rand served as the emcee and welcomed first timers to stay a few minutes longer and receive an orientation to the 40Plus training program.

Rand served as the emcee and welcomed first timers to stay a few minutes longer and receive an orientation to the 40Plus training program.

And there was a 'bell ringer' at 40PlusDC ... Whenever someone finds a job after completing the training program, they ring a ship's bell and share the news with all in the room.

And there was a ‘bell ringer’ at 40PlusDC … Whenever someone finds a job after completing the training program, they ring a ship’s bell and share the news with all in the room.

This poster was used during my workshop to illustrate how Number Smart and Nature Smart geniuses view the world and/or solve vexing problems.

This poster was used during my workshop to illustrate how Number Smart and Nature Smart geniuses view the world and/or solve vexing problems.

 

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