designed to build emotional intelligence, adaptability, and self-awareness
Why Step Outside?
Wherever you go, bring your whole self.
At Step Outside, we believe the world needs more meaningful work. We help build more adaptable and inspired teams through outdoor experiences that focus on developing emotional intelligence and values-based communication.
That said, we're not a ropes course and we don't do trust falls. Instead, we take teams outside to participate in activities that encourage greater self-awareness through physical movement (e.g. hiking, yoga, climbing, kayaking), and pair those activities with curriculum that's based in emotional and behavioral science. This help individuals better understand themselves and how they interact within groups, which is really what emotional intelligence is about: awareness and management of our own experiences and our relationships with others.
While natural settings and challenging experiences have their own inherent benefits, Step Outside's curriculum intentionally maximizes the opportunity for personal growth by training participants to develop more flexible ways of thinking and being in new environments, which impact and influence how we show up at work and in our personal lives. We rely on small-group discussion and follow-up coaching as tools for reinforcing self-discovery and building community.
In short, we're helping individuals and teams be present, open up, and do what matters — so that we can bring our whole selves to work and to life.
What is ACT?
Develop flexibility, navigate uncertainty
The concepts supporting Step Outside's curriculum originate from Acceptance and Commitment Training (pronounced "act" like the verb). It's an empirically-supported approach that promotes behavior change through values-driven action.
The purpose of ACT is to help us recognize and acknowledge what's outside of our control. From there, we work to engage fully in the current moment so that we can act based on what's important to us.
Unlike the expectations that are reinforced culturally (via social media, self-help books, etc.), ACT is not about demanding that we feel happy or think positively; instead, it's about developing skills and behaviors that increase our willingness to embrace the difficult thoughts, emotions, and circumstances we can't control, and then choosing to respond with actions that work for us over the long-term as we move toward what we care about.
If you're looking for a quick and painless solution to every challenge or inefficiency that your team will face (or frustration that you'll experience personally), Step Outside isn't your answer. But if you're interested in your team developing skills that will allow them to navigate an array of unforeseen challenges more productively and efficiently, take a look at our programs and consider connecting with us here.
A comprehensive series of ACT-inspired workshops designed to encourage your team to move through uncertainty, communicate openly, and produce more meaningful work.
Outdoor workshops tailored to meet participants where they are. An overview of values-based action and adaptability to help us respond in ways that matter to us.
"Step Outside gives you an opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally. That challenge puts you in a headspace that opens you up to new ideas and ways to think about yourself."
-Ally McKnight, Engineering Manager at NoRedInk
An ongoing series of monthly workshops built to help individuals engage more productively with challenges and respond presently
according to their values.
An introductory two-day trip that offers a brief overview of ACT concepts with activities that help participants develop self-awareness and flexibility.