Copies of the instructor’s notes and handouts follow in PDF format.
Toastmasters Leadership Institute Elective: “The Natural Life Cycle of Clubs: Tips for Successful Club Mentors and Club CoachesIn Active Learning, Aha!, Coaching, leadership, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Mentoring, Toastmasters on July 26, 2015 at 9:20 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.
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.
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.
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.