Master Blaster: Team Dynamics with Experiential Leadership

Teambuilding is a never-ending process. As the company or the team grows, it continuously faces challenges to maintain a healthy team dynamics. Thinking strategically about on-boarding, development and maintenance is a critical component for every business.

Experiential outdoor leadership programs help in creating a learning environment for team practice so that the team members can execute more effectively in the real world. When one works as a team, it helps in boosting up the team’s moral through shared successes and performance breakthroughs. As the old proverb goes: United we stand, divided we fall. The leadership modules engage a wide variety of learning styles. Unique interactive challenges provide opportunities to devise strategies, and collaborate better on leadership roles rather than dividing on an individualistic approach to any issue.

Dynamics of Team Building and Experiential leadership at a glance:


  • Surveys and interviews at the personal level: All team members are put through theme based tests that help to understand the individual psyche of the members through experimental and challenging modules.
  • Assessment of existing team dynamics: In every office and every business exists an inter-departmental tension. But once they members of different departments are mixed within the outbound teams, it’s always easy to observe and assess the existing team dynamics.
  • Explores elements of trust: The modules created for the outreach programs help the management to explore interaction, communication, collaboration and element of trust among its various departments.
  • Group orientation: Navigation to any destination is difficult, but if the team dynamics work then one can easily and successfully reach the goal and work wonders. Experiential leadership programs help in orienting a group through its common shared dynamics.
  • Facilitates sharing of information: Helps in accessing and sharing skills of each member of the team.  There are times when we do not even know what potential a particular team member has, but when thrown before challenges they can exhibit their hidden talents that otherwise go un-noticed. Even sharing of information and opinions that is usually not done while a person is working within a department, can be executed.
  • Development of a road map: Once the mix-and-match teams live together and sort out their differences through shared responsibilities, they get a chance to sit down and talk about commitment and actionable steps. This helps the employees themselves to control their developmental process and put in more to achieve their goals.
  • Persuasive leadership: Rather than positional leadership, persuasive leadership while working in a team can bring out the best from employees. The experiential programs help even a positional leader to use their persuasive skills to make their members gel together rather than commanding by virtue of their position.
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9 Benefits of Outdoor Experiential Leadership Development

Outdoor experiential leadership and training programs are popular modern day tools to create a team of empathic and unique leaders, teaching them to use their intelligence and expertise in innovative ways. Working for hours, meeting deadlines, treading the thin line of work-life balance can at times be extremely stressful for corporate leaders. In the process they tend to lose their imagination and innovation that could have otherwise produced an eclectic workforce. But a tryst with nature, learning to help, build and create as a united team, outbound and outdoor activities can bring in life to an otherwise mundane in-office corporate world. Outdoor programs aim at developing potential skills of workers and leaders that otherwise go unnoticed and untapped. And what’s more, they get a stress-free environment, embalming touch of ‘Mother Nature’ and a self-satisfaction by serving the community hands on.

How your team benefits at a glance:

  • Decrease stress levels: Working on time schedules within the confines of an office environment can be terribly stressful for corporate leaders. When serotonin, nicknamed as the happy hormone, is released in the brain, humans feel a sense of safety and well-being. It has been observed by scientists that serotonin and pleasure chemical dopamine are released by repetitive actions like mingling with nature, working as a united force with the community, acts of charity and helping the sick and the needy. Thus outdoor experiential programs help to de-stress corporate leaders.
  • Increase motivation: Compared to traditional, indoor, time scheduled activities; outdoor activities increase the will to work. Researchers over decades have come up with studies where working as a team outdoors on team building activities have helped individuals to push themselves to their highest performance levels.
  • Better attitude towards others: Within an office environment there are often chances of getting into ego clashes or be a victim of office politics. However, outdoor experiential programs bring individuals together and help them to be more empathic and helpful towards other team members.
  • Better overall behavior: Social adjustment, self- concept and group cohesion --- all potential pitfalls that result in poor staff behavior can be improved through outdoor activities.
  • Enhanced communication skills: Solving problems on expeditions as a team helps to bring out the best from even a shy and recluse office worker. They can participate in lead discussions, give their valuable inputs, feedbacks and even resolve conflicts. Compared to a traditional setting, a challenging outdoor problem solving session can surely bring out the best.
  • Increases self-reliance: A willingness to challenge one physically and emotionally is integral components of outdoor programs. Pushing oneself can enhance self-reliance, confidence, self-esteem and communication skills.
  • Community improvement: Outbound programs become more effective as leaders use their knowledge to reach out to the community and use their skills for the benefit of others.
  • Improves memory: A proven way to improve recall is to experience something new and unfamiliar, which releases dopamine into the hippocampus where memories are created. Such programs are thus a fresh stimuli for senses and help to create a better workforce.
  • Better health: A couch-potato in office glued to the computer screen takes a toll on the health of individuals. But such outdoor activities from time to time will help one work on the ‘nature-deficit disorder’ and protect the staff from getting into depressions, stress related lifestyle diseases like diabetes and obesity. So one gets a healthy, slim and trim and intellectually motivated workforce if they participate in such outdoor experiential leadership programs.


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Learning from the Outside

LEADERSHIP could be a rather tricky beast and for executives and managers, it's is an extremely important skill but developing it in the workplace can be difficult, when day-to-day tasks, meetings, and other rote activities get in the way.

The word experiential is understood as learning and development achieved through personally determined experience and involvement, rather than on received teaching or training, typically in group, by observation, listening, study of theory or hypothesis, or some other transfer of skills or knowledge.


Leaders are considered to be experts with a specific knowledge set and skills that influence the goal direction of followers. All it takes is moving away from the everyday grime and get ready the team ready for an action packed adventure full of fun and learning at the same time.

Taking your team away from the boring walls and cliché indoor training sessions of the office space to a place for an adventure filled team building session amidst nature, could turn out to be an experience of a lifetime for each every individual.

1. DEVELOPS PEOPLE AS INDIVIDUALS - These programs help develop people as individuals, rather than simply transferring arbitrary capabilities, there is a rise in people's confidence, self-esteem, personal strengths, and crucially a rounded sense of purpose and fulfillment which fundamentally improve attitude, life-balance and emotional well-being.

2. IMPROVES COMMUNICATION - with so many team based activities in the program, it demands all participants to enjoy each moment but as an active team member. It not only allows them to open up with everyone more easily to be able to execute the task in hand, but also gives them an experiential lesson on functioning and conquering as a team but in the most fun filled way.

3. LEARN DIRECTLY FROM MOTHER NATURE - The popularity of these active adventure outdoor programs stems from their experiential nature. These programs have the advantage of placing participants in a learning setup in the lap of nature’s bounty, whereby the learner is required to engage in direct experience in order to increase skills or enhance a particular skill.

4. ENHANCES LEVELS OF PERCEPTION - Most of the time leaders are so glued to your desk, and so glued to everything that's going on, that they may lack proper perspective, in a workplace environment. It is the fresh air, different environment and out of the boardroom that gives people an opportunity to really look at themselves from the outside in, about how they are perceived as a leader.

5. CSR AND COMMUNITY IMPACT - It is the small changes in the initiatives that we take, further refining them not only to benefit people on an individual level but in a way that impacts the community on a whole. It is with these outdoor experiential programs that the office going crowd from corporate sectors can look at nature from close quarters. These programs give an opportunity to the workaholics to slow down and look at what is around them and triggers in them the need to take control of the damage in the environment. It makes them more responsible and aware. While on one hand they are able to appreciate nature’s beauty, on the other hand they receive an insight of need of the hour to take care of the planet and everything that it has to offer so unconditionally.  

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Rock Climbing for Community Impact and Leadership Development

Are you looking for that unique Community Impact and Leadership Development event this year that will allow your company to give back to the local community and help energize your company culture?

How many incredibly impactful corporate events have you been part of this year?   In your lifetime?   When we speak with our customers, they continue to look back at their past events with us as a tipping point in their communication and collaboration across their companies and within their divisions.    Could this be that event for your company?

This isn't a generic teambuilding event that provides a blip in your communication.  No, this will be impactful and memorable and you'll be talking about, and sharing this event across every channel that you can.

In this one of a kind Community Impact Team Building event, your team will join forces with rock wall designers, trained rock climbing youth, and team building facilitators to build a CUSTOM ROCK CLIMBING WALL inside the CityWILD facility based in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver. 

If your team strives for better connection and a great return on investment, this is the project for you!  This is your opportunity to enhance team dynamics & energize your company culture, while giving back to the community in the form of Youth Leadership Development.  Call us at 303-495-2620 or send an email to Info@CBSTAdventures.com to learn more...

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Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer

  1. Volunteerism promotes personal growth & self-esteem
  2. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficiency
  3. Experience a change of scenery
  4. It provides leadership opportunities to give back to community and gain a sense of belonging
  5. Volunteering offers the opportunity to share your expertise and gain a new skill set
  6. It brings people together from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
  7. Volunteering enhances your quality of life
  8. Volunteerism offers an incredibly rewarding experience
  9. It is an opportunity to explore new personal interests and goals
  10. An opportunity to have fun and try something new
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Beaver Creek Team Building on the Rise!

Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Colorado has been an active place for corporate groups this year, we've had some great team building adventures starting back in Winter 2012 and going strong ever since.  Check out these links from recent programs...

Photos from Beaver Creek Summer Amazing Race
Photos from Beaver Creek Winter Olympics
Video from Beaver Creek Winter Amazing Race

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Lakewood / Golden Team Building in Denver

We've been getting calls lately from companies on the west side of Denver looking for team building and group adventures.  As most locals know, Lakewood & Golden are great towns as they border the Front Range / Rocky Mountains, and have great access to Jefferson County Open Space Parks and other local outdoor scenes.  One of our favorite places for Denver Team Building is Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood.  It's roughly a 20 minute drive from both the Denver Tech Center and Downtown Denver, and you feel like you're in a remote canyon in Colorado.  And because the weather in Denver is great throughout the year, we are able to run programs in our All Seasons Adventures and Summer Adventure Series all year long.  Give us a call at 970-668-8900 if you want to bring a group to the park for a corporate team building program.  Here are photos from our most recent adventure...


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Colorado Springs Teambuilding

Colorado Springs has always been an exciting place for corporate meetings and team building exercises due to a small city vibe combined with amazing expansive resorts like the Broadmoor and Cheyenne Mountain Resort.  And it sure doesn't hurt that there are beautiful backdrops like Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods close to the city.  We've been helping companies with leadership development and group adventures in the Springs for many years, with most requests coming from our All Seasons and Summer Adventure programs.  Our team building programs are fully customized to each client, Contact Us to build your adventure today!

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Winter Team Building continues in Colorado!

It's the middle of April in Colorado, and by now we've usually moved on to our All Seasons Team Building Adventures.  But a wave of late season snow storms is allowing visiting meeting groups a chance to play in the snow one last time for a few of our Winter Adventure Team Building programs.  As a provider of high end team building group adventures in Colorado for over 15 years, we are always prepared for changes in weather.  So if you're planning an event in "shoulder season", we are happy to switch up specifics of your corporate adventure last minute to adapt to real time conditions!

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Denver Team Building

Denver is becoming a more popular meeting destination every year due to a thriving downtown, incredible weather and opportunity for adventure.  Since downtown is only 15 minutes from the start of the Rocky Mountains, team building options exist all over the region.  Visiting groups can either choose a downtown urban adventure like our Denver GPS Hunt, a mountain experience like our Winter Olympics program, or anywhere in between.  We have over 50 programs to choose from, and operate all over the great state of Colorado!

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Winter Olympics Team Building Adventure

Looks like the Olympic bug is far from over.  We're already getting calls from meeting groups that are visiting Colorado this winter, and our Winter Olympics corporate adventure seems to be the most requested team building program so far...

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Denver Team Building Orienteering Challenge

More and more groups are coming to Denver, Colorado for their corporate meetings because downtown is alive with historic buildings, brewpubs, and the 16th Street Mall, which is a "walking only" pedestrian mall that spans most of the downtown corridor.  This is why our Denver GPS Hunt has been so popular, it allows visiting groups to explore the great parts of downtown in a competitive, dynamic way...

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