We will help you identify the specific business goals and organizational values that the Ropes Course will deliver upon. This is done in a pre-program call between Odyssey Teams’ Lead Facilitator and key meeting stakeholders/organizers from your team.
At the Program:
Phase I – Inroduction/Context.
Participants are given an understanding of the experiential program and how it can benefit their team. Additional topics focus on safety, importance of support, how to enter the learning zone, and other key points that invite participation.
Phase II – Icebreakers/Mixers.
People are up and moving, as they wake up and include their body in the ‘game of learning’. With purpose (rather than ‘cheese’) this component enables people to start stepping out of the comfort zone in doable doses. This allows them to see some of their patterns and if any tune-ups may be worthwhile for an outstanding day.
Phase III – Experiential Assessments.
Communication/problem solving team challenges that take place on (or near) the ground. We pull from over 20 different challenges as we design a day that will bring your values/outcomes to life.
Phase 1V – Safety Protocol.
On our courses, participants are asked to be accountable for the many different safety aspects of the day. Thus, the group is instructed how to … 1) put on the redundant full body harnesses on their teammates. 2) belay (hold and maneuver the safety lines) their teammates. 3) spot people if ropes are not required. 4) coach and verbally support their team.
Phase V – Time to climb!
It’s on to one or more of the following classics:
High V’s: With safety gear and systems in place, participants climb 20-35 feet off the ground with a partner. The pair then stands on two separate wire ropes and hold onto each other for balance. They then move farther apart (the ropes form a “V”) along the ropes. This causes the partners to rely on each other and to commit to the partnership. As the pair walks out along the ropes, they eventually fall and are immediately caught by the team’s support system. This event provides the experience of working closely in a partnership where communication and commitment are paramount.
Pole: Geared in a parachute harness and locked into two safety lines, participants climb a 25 foot pole and attempt to stand on the top of a small platform. The notions of choice and commitment are very present. Once standing, the person jumps for a trapeze. Whether the bar is caught or not, the person is instantly caught by the safety lines and slowly lowered to the ground. Participants may gain increased self-confidence and experience giving 100% effort as their team takes on the crucial coaching and supporting roles.
Flying Squirrel: The unexpected and elated faces of people when they go ‘weightless’ is priceless! This event is made possible by the effort and enthusiasm of the team as they pull and propel people to heights of their choice – with a super swing too. While typically done with individual ‘flyers’, in some cases this can be done in tandem.
Phase Vl – Debrief and Close
Debrief: At the conclusion of each simulation the team is given an opportunity to assess their performance. Discussions involve the poignant insights they gained and how they relate to their work environment and personal development.
Sharing/Close: A final opportunity of the day to share and connect about key learnings and critical points (i.e.: leadership, communication, teaming, and shared successes) that were experienced during the program.