What we're about
Developing awareness to look closely
at the stories we tell ourselves
Building community by helping each other do what matters
Stepping outside to discover what's inside
The Longer Version
Whenever someone asks, “What is Step Outside about?” I often feel the pressure to frontload my response with the problems that we solve because that’s how we operate culturally. When our car needs a repair, we take it to the shop. When we break a bone, we have doctors fix it. And when we’re looking for more convenience, we download an app.
When we try to apply this problem-solution model to our thoughts and emotions, however, we find ourselves in a continuous cycle of feeling healed or broken. The “problem” that we currently have culturally is a deep belief that something is wrong with us—that discomfort and pain and hardship are a disease that we need to cure.
In our workshops, we focus on developing a willingness to engage with challenging thoughts and emotions. From there, we step back and notice what's happening in the moment, acknowledge the discomfort, and respond in ways that align with our values. We do this with fear when it arises 70 feet up on a rock face while dangling from a rope, and we do it in conversations when our insecurities surface in small groups.
As we practice these skills, we start making room for more workable responses in our jobs, in our relationships, and in our lives. Whether that’s taking a few steps towards feeling more connected and attentive from moment to moment, or redesigning how we communicate and function within teams, Step Outside is about starting where we are and moving towards what matters.
Who We Are
Marc McCann, Founder & CEO
Marc believes deeply in people and their capacity to grow. He's learned from experience that we can overcome our own limiting beliefs with a willingness to lean into challenges. And he's seen even better results when individuals work through those challenges in communities that value self-awareness and transparent communication. Marc's at his best when he's working with teams who are committed to introducing, developing, and sharpening these skills.
Over the past 8 years, he's facilitated training and development programs across the U.S. and internationally. As an educator, Marc organized and hosted multiple leadership retreats and a state-wide conference for more than 500 students and 50 advisors. In the Ed-tech space, he's developed hands-on training programs for over 5,000 teachers globally who use an adaptive online writing program to help students share their voices in clear and compelling ways. He's completed his AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor course and has served as certified USA Climbing coach, working with athletes who've competed and placed among the top 20 climbers at the national and regional level.