“The Thompson Island organization and team should be applauded for their exceptional skill in overachieving every expectation I set for this two-day event. As you might suspect, I have already seen a renewed sense of purpose and shared leadership across every team member.”

— Todd Gustafson, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard

Building leadership for lasting change. Anytime, anywhere.

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s Professional programs deliver customized adult programs designed to yield high-performance teams, cultivate a positive, supportive and empowering culture, and form greater trusting relationships amongst colleagues. Set amidst the serene wilderness of our 204-acre island preserve or designed in the location of your choosing, our programs stimulate creative development and incorporate a global perspective to meet the diverse challenges of today’s organizations. Courses operate year-round.

Program Models

Our customized experiential programs are adventure-based with optional physical activities and include:

  • Team building for newly forming, intact, and virtual teams
  • Leadership development
  • Creative problem solving
  • Cultural and strategic change
  • New hire and graduate school orientation
  • Management seminars and retreats
  • Service learning
  • Executive and management coaching and action planning
  • Assessments, 360° Feedback, Emotional Intelligence, Myers-Briggs™, DiSC™, Management Styles, and more

The Outward Bound Professional Approach

Our customized methodology is carefully designed to meet and exceed your goals. Each program follows a four-phase approach to help our clients succeed.

Assessment: Phase I

A thorough needs assessment of your team, including interviews, questionnaires, and/or meetings determines program scope, goals, and deliverables.

Design: Phase II

Ongoing discussions with our clients to determine individual, team, and organizational objectives. Because each team is different, we are flexible in our approach to meet your needs.

Delivery: Phase III

Custom programs provide a combination of experiential problem-solving initiatives, learning models, ropes courses, wilderness expeditions, and assessment instruments. Participants find Professional to be fun, while providing the opportunity to reflect and make a connection to the workplace. Click here to view the Boston Bruins climb the Alpine Tower!

Follow-Up: Phase IV

Working with clients after the program ensures that the key learnings and behavioral changes are incorporated into the work culture. Executive management and team coaching is available!

Instructional Staff and Safety

Professional employs professional facilitators who possess industry-leading expertise in organizational development, consulting, psychology, business management, experiential education, and wilderness training. Our safety record is unparalleled, and all programs are conducted by “Challenge by Choice,” in which each participant seeks his or her own maximum appropriate level of challenge.

Make a Positive Impact

Deliver lasting change to your organization while improving the lives of Boston’s urban youth. All proceeds support Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s youth programming.
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