Thirty years ago, we began building world-class leaders and teams. By 2000, Odyssey created the first ever corporate service-learning program of building bicycles for children with the Life Cycles program . A purpose-driven experience and business simulation that could build individuals, together vs ‘teambuilding’ was a radical idea. The distinction changed everything. Our clients, executives and their teams from the world’s largest organizations, were building real products for real customers. Collaboration, customer-centricity, quality, teamwork, purpose, and other core-values came to life – and changed lives – at the same time. This was the inspiration and tipping point for CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).
Odyssey continued to push the boundaries of learning and development. In 2008 the Build-a-Hand (Helping Hands) program was created when Lain Hensley saw how building prosthetic hands for amputees around the world could teach complex promblem solving, collaboration and team purpose. 58,000 amputees in over 80 countries have received this life-changing gift as a result.
Since the Spring of 2020, innovation has never been more important or urgent to Odyssey and their clients. Being connected virtually does not necessarily lead to authentic connection, productivity, engagement or personal well-being. While you might have searched for ‘virtual teambuilding’, Odyssey continues to build individuals, together with a focus on changing lives, changing business, and changing the world. If it’s your first time working with Odyssey, they will help you understand this important distinction so you can bring the most relevant, memorable and engaging experience to your people, team, business and community.