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Adventure Operations Group (AOG) is a veteran owned company dedicated to the pursuit of adventurer. AOG's Training Programs and Adventures will take you "Beyond Normal Limits". AOG leads epic adventures, instructional programs, leadership training and assessments for individuals and organizations. Our programs are unique and emphasize mental focus, individual skills, leadership and personal achievement. We specialize in Human Performance Training. Working with AOG is the best way to achieve "next level" results for your corporate group or to enhance your personal capabilities. Contact AOG today to learn how we can get you or your team "Beyond Normal Limits".
Monday, October 5, 2015
Part One of a multi-day enduro mission to West Virginia. A four man team from Adventure Operations Group invaded the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system with three KTM's and a Kawasaki. Mud, Rocks, Hills and carnage ensued. Thanks for watching, enjoy. Follow AOG on You Tube and Facebook to stayed updated on our future missions. B-rad
Dual Sport West Virginia-Part One
Dual Sport West Virginia-Part One
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Here's a video from a recent 2 wheeled mission to Ocala National Forest. It was super fun. Riding in deep sand is no joke, and takes a lot of the right skill to make it through, pushing hard all day in the epic Florida heat! Enjoy.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Corporate Survival- It's your choice.
Are you stressed out at work or frustrated in your career? If you said yes, you are not alone. Today, more employees than ever before are experiencing unhealthy levels of stress and frustration in their jobs.
Conditions such as under performing peers, unsuccessful managers, organizational instability, and marketplace disruptions plague almost every team, project and company. These conditions can make life almost unbearable at times for individuals that are forced to endure them, creating unhealthy levels of stress that can impact every facet of our lives.
Don't think for a second that organizations always get it right when making strategic decisions, managing the day to day or promoting or hiring for key positions, they often don't. Your individual situation at your company, regardless of the size of your organization is a multi-faceted and complex operating environment that is influenced by decisions and inputs from many stakeholders, often with competing and disparate agendas. The larger your organization, the more complex and competitive your industry, increases the likelihood that the level of dysfunction and misalignment in your day to day is at unhealthy levels. Understandably, almost no organizational decision is made with the individual in mind. Many times the real reasons behind decisions that have a direct impact on you, seem confusing or even contrary to the success of the business.
Also, don't forget that running companies, managing teams and projects is very difficult work. Decisions by managers are often made with incomplete information, compressed schedules or other confidential factors and are forced upon teams that are understaffed or caught up in the midst of change. Sometimes, depending on the industry, decisions made by senior managers can take months or years before the determination can be made as to whether or not the decision was correct, or successful. Often times, the person who made the original decision is no longer there, and there is a new manager, maybe it's you, who is attempting to execute strategy that may not even be correct. Sound familiar?
Some people have endured circumstances described above for so long that they think it is normal, or the way it's supposed to be.
There are many business books and support mechanisms in place to increase your leadership skills, improve your communication, motivate you towards making the entrepreneurial leap and so on. But the truth is that most individuals are compelled to endure their current situation for longer than desired, longer than is healthy, longer than they should, out of necessity or more specifically, out of survival.
Has this ever happened to you or someone you know? What should you do if you find yourself in an unpleasant situation at work that is causing too much stress and anxiety and for whatever reason you cannot break away from it?
Take immediate steps to increase your situational awareness.
Engage your organizational OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) loop.
Observation is your most critical skill. You may not be able to escape the situation, but you will be better able to survive it by learning as much as you can. Consider factors that are outside of your normal altitude. Do research on your industry, your competition, senior leaders of your organization.
Orient yourself around a mission. You will always be right to focus on accomplishing your organization or your team's mission. I did not say you will always be recognized for doing so, but you will always be right. Create positive goals built upon daily accomplishments, no matter how small or simple. Encourage and teach your teammates to follow your example.
Decide to survive. Survival is a deliberate choice. If you know you can't leave, then you have no choice. Don't follow phonies or think you must act like them to succeed.
Act- Be action oriented. Strive for results. Expect the unexpected. Work harder. Support your team. Find someone to trust at your organization. Don't be afraid. Take bold risks when the time is right.
Always remember, survival, especially corporate survival, is a deliberate choice.
"Beyond Normal Limits", are you ready for it?
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Thursday, January 1, 2015
Ok, for all you who got some cozy new threads in your stocking this year. Here's a few quick tips from Josh to make sure you stay comfortable on your next mission outdoors. Look for more tech and performance tips from AOG in 2015.
We pride ourselves in providing the right equipment for the job and this time of year staying warm and dry is high on our list of priorities. Everyone, from the weekend hiker to the guy doing a recce on a ridgeline in Afghanistan, needs some kind of layering system to maintain a core temperature for survival. As a SERE Instructor we lived by the 3 W’s, Wicking, Warmth, and Weather.
A wicking layer pulls moisture away from the body and dries relatively quickly. This allows your body to sweat while exerting effort but not stay soaked and drop your body temperature when the ambient temperature drops. There are plenty of synthetic choices but I’m a fan of natural fibers like merino wool.
The warmth layer does just that, provides warmth relative to your environment. How much warmth depends on your AO, but it should be capable of keeping you alive when combined with the other layers. A 200 weight fleece might be fine for a fall overnighter in western North Carolina, but could prove deadly on a winter night in Hells Canyon.
The weather layer is typically waterproof, but at least highly water and wind resistant. The purpose is to keep rain, snow, and wind off of you. Even in relatively mild weather your body temperature can plummet to dangerously low levels while sweating and a cool breeze blowing through. I prefer a hood on a weather layer to keep rain and snow finding its way down my neck and chilling me to the bone.
There is no shortage of technological advances in outdoor wear. Synthetic wicking materials, wind proof fleeces, soft shells, hybrid insulating layers, and the list goes on and on. You can feasibly get the 3 W’s down to two, as long as they can accomplish the required tasks above, but you will lose some ability to adapt to your ever changing environment. There’s always a tradeoff.
One last thing to consider is your extremities. Good boots and socks, gloves, and something to cover your melon can make you happy in even the worst weather conditions. Careful consideration of the gear you choose can mean the difference between a good hike and a horrible weekend, mission success or mission failure. Who knows, it might even save your life.