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Welcome to Seeking True North

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Greeting and welcome to the Seeking True North. This story and the models, viagra 40mg methods and tools within it are based on the multi-day leadership and team retreats delivered in Grand Dynamics International programs by Tim Walther and Erick Erickson and our talented team of experiential training and development facilitators.

You can read about the book and the authors via the links at the top of this page. You can watch videos in the posts below to find out more about the philosophy behind Seeking True North.

You can access a free digital copy of Seeking True North as well as order the hard copy of the book on the Grand Dynamics International website. You can order the book through Amazon from our cool products page here: Grand Dynamics Cool Products including Seeking True North Book!

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We offer a range of programs and services to inspire the most valuable business asset – people. Team building, corporate events, customized experiential leadership training and more, Grand Dynamics has the experience you are looking for! Contact us at info at granddynamics dot com or 307-733-1989.

We would love to hear from you about your experiences of Seeking True North and your personal journey.

Until then, LIVE YOUR ADVENTURE!

Tim Walther

How to gain the Winning Edge in a Challenging Economy through Experiential Learning

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Here are the segments of our new documentary! Grand Dynamics was selected to be part of “The Winning Edge” National Business Public Television Series with Hugh Downs as a way to offer businesses advice on how to address the tough economy.  The show will be airing across the world on Voice of America and on public television across the US.  As part of that program, viagra order the production company, find  VM Television, has produced a separate corporate documentary about Grand Dynamics.  These videos are seen below! 

These videos overview how businesses are seeking a Winning Edge in challenging economic times through powerful experiential learning techniques. Contact Grand Dynamics today to discover how we work with businesses to tap into the potential of their people. We offer dynamic programs and events across the country and the globe. We are headquartered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with offices in the US in New York and California and strategic partners in Arizona, Ohio. Our international destinations include and Chiang Mai, Thailand and Mallorca, Spain to name just a couple. Our specialty is in delivering corporate retreats, team building events and leadership development programs through a variety of offerings. We bring synthesize adventure and learning and challenge participants to bring out their best. We also deliver unique challenge events in collaboration with strategic partners to create massive impact for charities world wide.

The book, Seeking True North, provides a powerful story of two characters who learn over 120 models, methods and tools offered in many of our programs. Enjoy the videos and please let us know what you think!

PART 1!

PART 2!

Part 3!

Thanks to our Hotel Partner for this program, Spring Creek Ranch and to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where much of this program was filmed.

– Tim Walther and the Grand Dynamics team

Seeking True North New Years Guide

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Here is a process that you might enjoy as you reflect on 2009 and consider all that you might create in 2010. Enjoy!

Step 1
Reflect on 2009:
Celebrate what was RIGHT in 2009:
Begin by reflecting on all the positive, capsule beautiful, price magical moments of 2009. Brainstorm all of the experiences, viagra people, relationships, emotions, decisions and whatever else you feel was a positive element in your life. Writing down the 12 months, January through December, often facilitates memories of that time of year. Where were you? What were you focused on? Who were you with? Why were you doing what you ere doing? What positive decisions did you make? What are you proud of? The focus here is on feeling good about all the things that you are grateful for in the year 2009.

What did you learn in 2009?
What are some lessons that you might find useful in bringing forward into 2010 and beyond? What was challenging about 2009? What do you NOT want to experience moving forward?
Consider what you have learned and any insights that you might find useful for creating a positive future in 2010.

Step 2: Create Momentum with a “life-list”
Create a positive state of physiology in your body to prepare for creating momentum in 2010. Stand up, shake your body out, go for a quick run, breathe, smile, get excited and expect great things are to come your way.

Brainstorm a list of all the things in life that you would like to experience in your future – 2010 and beyond. These can be BIG dreams and Goals for ANY time in your life. Write down even the most improbable or outrageous things that you can imagine that would excite you about living life. Experiences, people, relationships, emotions, decisions and whatever else you feel was a will bring fulfillment to your life.

Step 3: PREPARE for 2010
Take your momentum list and add additional clarity for 2010 by reviewing your brainstorm life-list and circling all those things that you would like to accomplish or move toward in 2010. Choose what you want to be prepared for and determine your desired end results. Write out your clearly defined desired end results, including a date by which you will achieve them. Expect that you will achieve your desired end results which are full of purpose and meaning. What beliefs must you have in order to accomplish your results? Why are you seeking to achieve them? What will it mean to you if you achieve them? What will it mean to you if you don’t?

Step 3: PRACTICE in 2010
How will you PRACTICE in 2010? What are your resources to support your goals? What systems will you utilize? How will you challenge yourself to step into the Growth Zone? What actions will you take to move toward your goals? How will you monitor your progress? How will you seek feedback along the way? How might you focus on the process as you move toward your desired end results?

Step 4: PASSION in 2010
Decide to create passion in 2010 and get excited! Your world is ready to be created and the universe is conspiring to do you good! How will you embrace the moment and create happiness and meaning in 2010? What positive people will you surround yourself with? How will you learn from the meaning of each experience? How will you feed your body, mind and spirit with positive, healthy food? How will you embrace the process in 2010?
Final Thoughts: Complete your journaling exercise by writing down whatever inspires you to create momentum in 2010. Consider all the positive emotions that you want to experience and how you will maintain a positive state of being, no matter what external event comes your way. Choose to be the master of your internal being and enjoy the process on your pathway to Freedom, Beauty and Success!

TED – brilliant speakers; Entertaining and insightful videos, and you?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I don’t have television, and haven’t for a long time. I spend my evening late night relaxation-chill time reading, writing and occationally watching news and on-line videos. My favorite source for entetaining and inspiring videos is Ted Talks.  Check it out. www.ted.com  It’s great because they are all short videos, about 20 minutes, and brings the best of the best from each speaker. Last night I watched Tim Ferris on learning, Martin Seligmen on Optimism, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi about FLOW.   Here is the Mihaly video for you to check out.  I have studied his work for years and have certainly experienced it in a variety of settings.  I love the model of Challenge and Ability and all the emotional states in between.  Flow comes to me in many forms. Playing music (percussion), rock climbing (long alpine routes most notably), writing (when I am fully engaged in the content), speaking (when I SHOW UP and am open to my own improv), and I could list a few more but will hold with that.

Check it out, and then be prepared to get hooked on TED! 

When you do, let me know what creates FLOW FOR YOU, will you?

Unbelievable! WOW – Grand Dynamics IMPACT

Monday, October 12th, 2009

I love this time of year.  September and have October have been filled with mind blowing experiences. Here are a few highlights!

The Coins Three Peaks Challenge – USA –

An unbelievable construction industry charity event we developed in collaboration with the Coins Foundation that involved teams of 4 climbing 3 North East Peaks (Whiteface in NY, Manadnock in NH and Mansfield in VT) all in 24 hours! Check it out!

Seeking True North Jackson Hole 

The advanced Grand Dynamics multi-day open enrollment program focused on integrating the STN models, methods and tools and including leadership strategies, complex team adventures, neuropsychology, facilitation techniques and more!  A few program highlights included a Native American Sweat Lodge and purification ceremony, Tyrolean traverse bridge building and Iron Chef cooking competition.  Thanks to all who can out!  Birget we can’t wait to be together soon in NY :o) A special shout out to the California contingency – Stephani and Holly – YOU ROCK!

CFMA Spring Creek – 10 year anniversary  

This year marked 10 beautiful years with our partner, the Construction Financial Management Association. Two groups, each coprised of about 25 finance professionals in the construction industry – engaged in an experience of a life time with Grand Dynamics lead facilitators Rick Erickson and Tim Walther.  More to come on this – and a special THANK-YOU to all who SHOWED-UP!!!!!

Not to mention – the Great Will Leggett has been rocking programs across the North East. From Catapult Building events and Collaborative GPS and facilitate managment advances – GREAT work willie!

I look forward to working and playing with you all soon!

Live your Adventure –

Tim

Phil Town to share Personal Seeking True North Story and Payback Time Investment Strategies in Jackson Hole

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Hi Everyone,

WOW – am I excited!  On Friday afternoon, September 25, 2009 we will be joined by my good friend and Investment Strategy Master Phil Town.  Those of you in Jackson may know Phil or have seen him around town (ha, ha).  But then again, maybe not because he has a wild travel schedule, speaking to 20,000 people at a time!  (No kidding!) You might have heard about his NY Times # 1 Best Seller, Rule # 1.  You probably haven’t heard about his new book, Payback Time.  He told me that he had a 5 day window between Singapore and travel all over the US this fall, and he’s coming to Jackson to be with us!  Why? Because he not only BELIEVES in the Seeking True North message, but has LIVED IT.  Phil is an expert a knowing when to hold em, and when to fold em, so to speak.  He puts on his pants just like we do, except when he does he makes gold records. (ha! Obscure More Cowbell joke)

Seriously, If you are going to be learning about financial success, why not go to an EXPERT?

I want you to learn all about investing in your most important assets while Seeking true North in your own life, regardless of whether or not you can make it to our seminar.  So here is a post for you that has success strategies about your relationships, peer groups, and strategies that are cross contextual. Yes, this is all part of the Grand Dynamics strategy to offer our perspective and empower individuals, teams and organizations – whether that comes across in a dialogue, email or our team building events, seminars or speakers.

So get this, part of Seeking True North is about surrounding yourself with a peer group that raises your standards. One principle I have known to be true is that our lives are a direct reflection of the EXPECTATIONS of our peers. Do your peers truly raise you up? Do you raise to the expectations of those around you?  Do your relationships serve you to evolve into your highest self? If your relationships do not serve you, consider the reframe of the relationship that empowers you to your highest self.

You may find this concept similar to the STN tool known as the Prax Factor, which in essence says that if you want more of a certain thing in your life, then seek out people that have those qualities! Want more happiness and laughter in your life? Then surround yourself with people that are happy and laugh a lot!  What qualities might you want more of in your life? Who might be someone that has those qualities? The same principle applies for anything you want more of. 

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that we all would like to make smart investment decisions, whether that is investing your energy, your time or your money.  Which leads me to another point, and that is that many success strategies are cross-contextual.  This means that what you learn in one situation can be applied to another. Where have you already been successful in your life? What strategies have worked for you already?  I can certainly vouch for this principle in my own life.  The first thing that comes to mind for me is Rock Climbing. That’s another post, another story, but my point is that when I apply those concepts that have brought me success in the mountains, I immediately begin to experience results in other parts of my life. And as I  continue to continue to seek out those people who have been VERY successful in many contexts, I begin to discover their patterns that I can apply in my life.

Yet another STN Principle is that SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES.  If you want to achieve a certain thing, there is a pretty good chance that there is someone out there that has already achieved it.  A personal motto I like to say a lot is that success is reserved for those that search it out!   Thus the Seeking part of the True North equation! Who might be a role models who has already achieved or is currently achieving the success you with to have? Generate your own list and find out what they are doing! And don’t forget the implementation part of it. Choose the action and begin to MODEL their success. Develop your sensory acquity along the way and notice what it working. Learn, adapt and continue on with power and confidence. Soon the results will be coming your way.   

I personally desire to continuously learn more about financial success. Phil Town has and continues to experience that. And What I love about Phil Town is that he started off, well, very similar to many of us in Jackson Hole who moved here to ski, climb or guide rivers.  And he took a borrowed $1000 and 5 years later had turned it into a million. Now he is one of the most sought after speakers on investment anywhere.

I’ll spare you the details of his rags to riches story (which is awesome by the way) and skip to the present. Phil town will be at Spring Creek Ranch on Friday afternoon from about  3-5 PM sharing his Seeking True North story and success strategies for investing.  Yes, Phil will be talking about investing. He’ll share secrets about how you can begin to capitalize on the current market, even if you have never traded a stock in your life. And for those that have, or do regularly, you’ll gain insight that could make all the difference. Yes, Phil will share secrets that could make you millions. And yes, the strategies that Phil will share will be concepts that you can APPLY to many aspects of your life. Remember, Success Strategies are cross-contextual!

Now you may or may not be a stock trader. You probably at the very least have a 401 K or an IRA or something of the sort.  Maybe you do have a bunch of stock and maybe you have lost a lot of it. Here’s what Phil has to say about his new book, Payback Time.  “PAYBACK TIME is about just that – how to get it back if you’ve lost it.  If you’ve been following my advice you should be in pretty good shape and now starting to get back into the market.  But millions are not. Most of these people are not people who are interested in investing, nor do they want to trade. They are buy and hold mutual fund investors.  And they’ve been killed financially.  Now all they are doing is praying the market will go back up.   In a recent email exchange with Phil he told me this: “This market is the opportunity of a lifetime for true north investors who understand the basics of great investing:  buy only wonderful businesses.  Buy them only when they are on sale. Knowing how much to pay for a business is all about knowing Payback Time.” 

WAIT! What if I can’t make it to the ENTIRE Seeking True North Weekend? 

Well, I want to make this presentation accessible for anyone interested. Of course, there is only so much room at Spring Creek, so we’ll have to cap the numbers, so if you are interested in attending this portion of the weekend, then contact us immediately at [email protected] to reserve your spot.  However, I want to reinforce that this weekend is about immersion into the MANY success strategies that apply to our lives personally and professionally.  The weekend is designed to take your life to new heights and to breakthrough anything in your way.  I look forward to seeing you there.  http://seekingtruenorth.com/a-personal-invitation/

Here are a few posts of Phil’s that I personally like. You might enjoy them:

About Phil Town: His story, information, links, etc:

http://www.philtown.com/phil_towns_blog/about-phil-town.html

Phil’s post about the MEANING of what you are investing in, and investing using your values to make decisions (awesome!)

http://www.philtown.com/phil_towns_blog/2009/08/rule-1-and-meaning-reap-what-you-sow.html

Phil’s post on what you do if you don’t have the money:

http://www.philtown.com/phil_towns_blog/2009/03/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-the-money.html

Here’s a sweet video of Phil in Action:

Phil Town on CNBC from Phil Town on Vimeo.

 

I look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, LIVE YOUR ADVENTURE!

Tim