Sometimes personal and business circumstances allow individuals, groups and teams to benefit from coaching and development programmes away from the workplace. Pen’s hands-on experience selecting and training polar teams as a professional guide and explorer make these courses a speciality.
Experiential courses enabled by off-sites, especially those undertaken outdoors and beyond the facilities of residential centres, can achieve more changes at higher speeds with longer-lasting effects than almost any other.
A diagram etched on the frozen surface of a puddle as one passes by … river-side pebbles re-arranged by team members to illustrate the group’s status during a snack break … a challenging outdoor situation overcome, a late-evening conversation at a farmhouse fireside … different moments can combine powerfully for each person, and, with Pen’s guidance, new things can become possible back in the workplace.
Pen lived on the high moor of Dartmoor for 15 years and grew to know intimately its life-enhancing character, off-the-beaten track settings, and useful features. He ran all his North Pole selection and training courses for his teams here. The only expedition team not to train with him here was the only team not to succeed in reaching the Pole.
Courses can run from 2-5 nights, sleeping either rough or in remote bothies, family farmhouses, residential centres or delightful hotels – or any combination during the course.
Professional instructors, who have worked with Pen for many years, may accompany the course, as the planned programme dictates. Courses can be run for new graduate intakes, business teams and individual executives.