Programs

When do you give your best? It is a question we’ve been asking leaders and teams all over the world since 1991. More than 200,000 participants have found their answers through the exploration of powerful metaphors, simulations and deliberate conversations about business and life. They have built and donated over 17,000 bicycles in ‘Life Cycles’ - the original program where you build a bike for a child; 17,000 prosthetic hands in the ‘Helping Hands’/Build-a-Hand program; and hundreds of Playhouses in the ‘Playhouse Challenge’. These and other enriching programs and products have reached more than 75 countries. As you explore with us, you will find all things authentic and original. Nothing canned. No stock photography or claims we haven’t delivered. We’ve been fiercely committed to giving our best so you can give yours. Explore with us.

Helping Hands – A global project

Life Cycles Bike Building Program

Playhouse Challenge

Executive Coaching

Youth / Education

Experiential Keynotes

The Ropes Course Odyssey

Superhero Workshop

Odyssey Teaming Event

The Board Meeting

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The Business of Giving ™ since 1991


For nearly two decades, Odyssey has trained the top executives and employees at some of the world’s largest organizations.

Odyssey Blog

  • Disruption

    Three Ways to Foster a Disruptive Mindset That Breeds Innovation I recently hosted a TEDx talk in my hometown of Chico, Calif. on the topic of disruption — a subject I hold close to my heart. Disruption is the key to success in many aspects of our lives. Sometimes our best business decisions, insights and […]

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  • Commencement

    Lain Hensley delivered the alumni address at the commencement exercises for his alma mater this past week. He received a standing ovation, and we have to agree, its one of the best we’ve ever seen. Take a look for yourself!   One question to start. Am I in the presence of greatness? Let me ask […]

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  • Q + A with Lain Hensley

    How does Odyssey incorporate meaningful activities prior to the build in particular? I struggle with people just wanting to build a bike for hours and then are underwhelmed by donation numbers. Do not let them know anything about the building element going into the event. The philanthropic impact should be a surprise and the cherry […]

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  • The Barn Raising

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    When I was around 8 years old, my father purchased 644 acres of California land from my great uncle. It was located an hour drive from our house, and we made the trip every weekend. The land has since become a lifelong passion for my father—and rightly so, for it truly is an incredible piece […]

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Give Your Best


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OUR PROGRAMS HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD FOR TAKING EXPECTATIONS AND PERFORMANCE UP A NOTCH. OR TEN.

Testimonials

  • We were looking for something that would bring our organizational values to life in a meaningful, memorable and relevant way.  The impact on our team was profound.” Thank you for the opportunity!

    Helen Landry

    GE Healthcare
  • We had a great team building opportunity with the Helping Hands project last night. We're very proud to be a part of this great cause, and just want you to know that we appreciate your initiative in creating the opportunity to help others in need while we grow closer as a team. My team loved it!

    Tim Somers

    Pernod-Ricard
  • Thanks for everything, it was a FABULOUS program and all of our feedback has been extremely positive.

    Mary Cay McLaughlin

    NPS Pharmaceuticals
  • The Build a Hand workshop project gave our team a special opportunity to achieve beyond our self-expectations. We found that working together for such a worthwhile cause gave us perspective on new ways to put our collective and individual talents to use for the good of others while learning important lessons about our own capabilities.  Building hands was a challenging (and at first daunting)yet rewarding task, and a teambuilding activity that we will never forget! Thanks to Odyssey Teams for helping us make a difference!

    Tim Somers

    Pernod Ricard
  • I’d like to thank Lain for the inspirational Life Cycles workshop he hosted for Ingersoll Rand in Davidson last Friday.  I feel personally and professionally enriched by the experience.  It has already helped me to think and act differently and I’ve witnessed its positive effects on my colleagues also.  I have a feeling that it has made a lasting impression on us all.   If you could ever make use of a volunteer in Ireland, let me know.

    Aoibhe Cantwell

    Ingersoll Rand
  • Thanks again for bringing to life the meaning of ONE for our organization.  Mission accomplished! The session exceeded every expectation I had creating a unity with our teams and connecting people in meaningful and thought provoking inner soul searching ways.

    Michelle Stokes

    Merck & Co., Inc.
  • My sincere thanks to you for "pushing" on the design for the session.  Your approach made the event "extraordinary".  At the opening of the session Tuesday morning, one of our executives said, "when I saw the 90 second video, my heart went into my throat".  People were still approaching me on Tuesday night talking about the impact that the activity had on them personally.

    Patty Sauro

    UnitedHealthcare
  • I can’t thank you enough for the fantastic job you did for us.  It was enlightening, thought-provoking, and just plain fun.  And because it went straight to the heart, it bypassed the yamma yamma in our minds that keeps us stuck in the old way.  Our customers deserve our best just like the kids do…it’s a new frame of reference for a fresh look at how we do business.  Please pass along my gratitude to your team. I was somewhat skeptical that so much could be done in so little time, but you ran a clockwork operation that was as impressive as it was successful. I hope your back has improved, and that we will have a few more touch points as our lives circle around again.

    Courtney Behm

    NetApp
  • Thank you for a wonderful session. It was a tough slot...after lunch, people not knowing what to expect from a “another team building” and being together for the first time. EVERYONE’S expectations were exceeded.   The kids were on everyone’s mind during our dinner and the  next day.  They were a dose of what’s real and important for many of our teams and creating a feeling that we can do anything together…Thank you.

    Margery Schelling

    PepsiCo
  • Thanks again for your participation in our IT leadership conference today. Your execution and the related content was clearly a positive enabler for the challenge we have before us and the anecdotal feedback since the session would clearly back that up. 

    Mike Meadows

    Lilly

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