Nearly 25 years ago, we had a question. Was there a place in the world for a company that helped people learn to work together, that cajoled them out of their comfort zones, that encouraged them to think freely, work collaboratively and make decisions boldly? The question led to an idea. We would create programs that gave people hands-on learning experiences in a challenge course setting — experiences that helped them relearn what they already knew about themselves and working on a team. So we designed programs for people who work. And people who don’t. People who come up with big ideas. And people who make them happen. People who compile. Compute. Theorize. Strategize. Lead. And follow. Behind every program was an idea that was simple, but powerful: improve every member of a team and you ultimately improve the team itself. Finally, the idea led to a company. One that would help people do the two things that were most important in order for them to grow and succeed. They needed to challenge the assumptions and habits they’d nurtured through the years. And discover the potential they hadn’t. So we formed just that kind of company. And when it was time to name it, we realized that it had very nearly named itself. So we called it Challenge Discovery.
Perhaps what best qualifies us to train your group in teambuilding is this. We didn’t just take a page out of somebody else’s book on experience-based learning. We pretty much wrote it. When we came into being, only a fraction of the world’s population had ever experienced a challenge course, especially for the purpose of learning. That didn’t bother us. We had a big idea, the kind that drives companies to big success. We started out as a small company that offered outdoor action education to underserved kids. Then we had the vision that the hands-on learning experiences we were offering could benefit all kinds of people regardless of age, profession or personal background. That was about 25 years and 250,000 participants ago. Since then, we’ve turned a non-profit company deeply in debt into a nationally recognized leader in our industry. It wasn’t always easy. But we ended up just where we wanted to be, as one of the most trusted action learning companies in the world.
We deliver programs based on the idea that people learn best by doing. It just makes sense. Tell people about something and they’ll learn it some of the time. Let them do it and they’ll learn it most of the time. That’s precisely why top-level decision makers bring their teams to Challenge Discovery. Here, people take part in exercises that require them to work together toward a common goal. This is the kind of place where CEOs challenge assumptions, Managers motivate teams, Assistants share ideas, People who’ve never led before find that they can. And everybody overcomes their own ideas about what they can and can’t do.