journeys to the edge....


Busy Leaders

If you’re a busy leader with pressures on your time you will be someone who is passionate about making the very most of what time you have available. Yet at the same time you know that in order to improve the way you lead, taking a step back to analyse the big picture is absolutely crucial.

This programme is for leaders who realise it’s time to take that step back. They want to discover the edge of what’s possible for them, and then to exceed it. They are leaders who are committed to improving the way they lead, who want to help others improve their lives and who want to build a legacy for generations to come.

What do we offer?

Catering for individuals or groups/teams, Journeys to the Edge is for people just like you. Get away from the busyness of your day-to-day working life and get inspired in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Alps. With majestic snow-capped 4000m peaks, vineyards, pasture-land, historic towns and stunning lakes, this is an area that takes your breath away. Combined with transformational coaching from a very experienced executive coach, you will find this a truly extraordinary and memorable experience; one that has a massively positive impact on the rest of your life.

 The clear air, blue and open skies and Alastair’s talent for questioning with warmth and advocacy provided exactly the right combination to help me make breakthroughs in my approach to work and life.
Justin Collinge

Who is it for?

Journeys to the Edge… and Beyond is a specially tailored programme for leaders and teams who:

  • Would like to take the way they lead to a completely new level.
  • Want to embrace the limits of their performance and soar past them – enjoyably.
  • Are so busy they rarely get time to take a step back to reflect on how they’re doing and where they’re going.
  • Are so busy they rarely get time to take a step back to reflect on how they’re doing and where they’re going.
  • Want new insights into how to achieve goals they’ve set but not yet attained.
  • Find they don’t often get challenged by others due to their position.
  • Want to gain a better level of fitness to boost energy levels and mental alertness.
  • Would like to feel refreshed, inspired and recharged.

Why a Journey?

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T.S. Eliot

The journeys we create help people to see the place they left with completely different eyes when they return, opening up new possibilities.

There is solid research giving evidence on why it’s important to be able to completely switch off from the typical ‘always on’ lifestyle so many experience these days. This lifestyle is affecting our ability to learn, and ultimately our ability to perform. Researchers at the University of California have found evidence that if the brain is constantly stimulated, it prevents us from going over experiences and turning them into permanent, long-term memories.

In addition, a study at the University of Michigan has shown that people learn better after going for a walk in nature than if they go for a walk in an urban environment. It seems that processing the barrage of information experienced in most towns and cities leaves people fatigued. Being contactable by mobile phone, text messages, email and having such quick access to information via the web is affecting our performance. If you’re reaching for the Blackberry first thing in the morning, checking email just before bed, running from meeting to meeting during the day whilst picking up voicemails and texts, and catching up with email whenever you can, it’s likely this is affecting your ability to perform. And surprisingly, if you multi-task while exercising (for example listen to music or podcasts), scientists now think you may be taxing your brain too.

Lastly (and this is particularly important), journeys in inspirational settings naturally create strong associations that are linked with the learning. You’ve probably experienced this yourself: think back to a time when you were in a place that inspires you. You can most likely remember what you were doing, what the weather was like, if you were with other people, and so on. The place becomes an anchor for the learning, and you only have to think of the place for the learning to come flooding back. Truly ‘sticky’ learning is a central theme to what we do at Leading Beyond, and helps make it easy and enjoyable to apply the learning as it’s taken back to the workplace (and life in general!)

A Tailored Programme for You

Our coaching programmes are tailored to meet each individual’s personal outcomes, making sure that you get the very best from your available time. Drawing on the best from the fields of transformational coaching, living inside-out, neurolinguistics, flow, neuroscience and brain friendly learning, our approach is for people who want to get the biggest improvements for the time available.

For most people, this involves some visits to Switzerland combined with telephone/video-conference and e-mail coaching to ensure that what you learn from time away from work is transferred back to your day-to-day life.

For those who like to be active too - because all the research now shows what a positive impact this has - we combine exercise with coaching, offering all levels of challenge from gentle walks along mountain paths, to ski touring or mountaineering in some of the world’s most stunning high alpine scenery. And if you’re the sort of person who likes to push themselves physically as well as mentally, we can arrange training outings with world-class endurance athletes (cycling, road and trail running, ski mountaineering) and professional mountain guides. There’s a huge amount to learn from them regardless of your fitness level. We often work with groups of elite cyclists who want to train in an amazing environment and learn from the best. Many of them are also board members or entrepreneurs who want to hone their leadership skills at the same time, so they get double the benefit.

There has been huge value in taking time out of the office - providing space to slow down and reflect. The quality of your observation and feedback is outstanding. I’ve glimpsed what’s possible for me in my work ... and it’s EXCITING! Equally as importantly, I’m clear on what it will take for me to step up to the next level ... and it’s not so much about what I need to do as it is about who I’m being as a leader. Thank you!
Helen Krag

For more information please contact us.