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Leadership Navigation Challenge
Improve group dynamics with an expedition simulation.


Short on time and long on desire for impacting leadership skills? The Leadership Navigation Challenge is the answer.

The Leadership Navigation Challenge focuses on the core aspects of NOLS' leadership training in a format that is hands-on, fun, and effective. Your team can get away from the distractions of the daily routine, yet remain available for critical work conversations.

The outdoor component of the course allows participants to collaborate in hands-on learning with a Global Positioning System (GPS) orienteering course. This condensed expedition mimics challenges that teams face anywhere: making expedient decisions, balancing task achievement with group development, blending distinct individuals to form a cohesive team, and working through unforeseen hurdles.

Through group coaching, our facilitators give your team the tools to make sound decisions; these skills will leverage teams to be stronger and more effective.

Communication, decision-making, and group dynamics are only starting points for programs oriented to your outcomes.
Photos: Brian Fabel


Leadership Navigation Challenge Locations
Maximize cost-savings and efficiency of course development with these preexisting course locations. Upon request NOLS Professional Training can create a Leadership Navigation Challenge in any green-space near you.

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Course Schedule

Two days | recent client: Bering's Retail Store
Day 1 of 2
Introduction, 30 minutes
• Meet and greet
• Explanation of purpose
• Alignment of NOLS' goals with those of the organization
• Explanation of expedition simulation

Morning curriculum, 5.5 Hours
Choose three of the following topics:
• NOLS 4-7-1 leadership curriculum
• Continuums and self-inventory of how you see the world
• Extracting and learning about personal leadership styles
• Decision-making module
• Conflict models
• Communication models
• Team dynamics in high functioning teams

Expedition Simulation GPS Course, 2.5 hours

Small group debrief, 30 minutes
• Facilitator shares observations
• Participants talk about behaviors from the GPS course vs. their regular work patterns
• Explore similarities or differences with work interactions

Large group debrief, 30 minutes
• Role analysis and observation: how decisions were made, general communication patterns, group interaction toward common goal
Day 2 of 2

Morning review, 6 hours
• First day check-in and review
• Situational decision making
• Advanced communication skills
• Facilitation skills
• Leadership styles and conflicts

Afternoon Curriculum, 3 hours
• Client Organization’s Growth Goals
• Action planning and implementation of client organization’s strategies
• Active discussions on group action-planning, concrete steps for the future

Additional curriculum options
• Instruments
• Thomas-Killman Conflict Styles
• Brain Map
• Experiential component
• House of cards



Invest in your people. Invest in their leadership. The payoffs are highly functioning teams that spend more time on driving your mission.
Photo: Brian Fabel

"If it weren’t for the NOLS training, we would have been hit really hard by the economic downturn."

Augie C. Bering V
Executive Vice President
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