Cairn Leadership

Leadership and Team Development to Elevate Your Company

The leader development, team coaching, and culture consulting you need to grow.

An innovative approach to make leaders, teams, and culture your key business advantage.

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CEOs believe their current leadership development initiatives work (Training Industry)
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Employees leave jobs due to bad leadership (Wall Street Journal)

People quit bosses, not jobs...

Cultures crumble as companies grow...

Teams can create more friction than they are worth...

Our team development process makes your people more effective, faster.

Cairn Leadership Team Development Process to develop effective leaders, great teams and high performance cultures

A simple process to drive sticky team development results fast.

Leadership diagnostic
  • Full quantitative survey
  • 10+ qualitative interviews with members 
  • Optional meeting observation
  • Full report with observations, metrics and recommendations
Experiential learning
  • Adventure based experiential training
  • Facilitated key topic conversations
  • On the spot coaching and facilitation
  • Full guides report with lessons learned, commitments and recommended actions
Execute your action plan
  • Custom long term action plan
  • Ten hours of tailored follow-up
  • Targeted leadership and executive coaching
  • Key topic online seminars
  • Focused hybrid courses for employees

Improve the core team dynamics and leadership skills that drive results.

We focus on ten core skills and behaviors to build strong teams.

Building trust on teams


Trust makes your teams faster, innovation easier, and people happier. We can help methodically build higher trust in four key domains. Nothing says trust like a good belay.
Help teams communicate effectively


From setting strategic guidance to giving tough feedback, communication drives your success. We offer proven strategies to create shared understanding across your organization.
Build high performance cultures


Clear values and behavioral norms help your people uphold expectations on their own. No micromanagement required. We help you clarify and communicate culture.
Get team dynamics fixed

Team Dynamics

Team bonding is superficial. Team development helps you build the best possible team. We clarify and help set up the dynamics you need for success.
Driving high engagement and motivation


More than feeling good, motivation is about giving people what drives them to success. We help identify primary motivators and structure them into your teams.
Psychological safety for teams and leaders

Psychological Safety

An organization without psychological safety is like driving with your emergency brake on. We help root out areas where employees are afraid to speak up and help make information flow freely.
Flow and Productivity for teams

Flow and Productivity

Work is full of distractions. We leverage the science of flow states to help you design a workplace that makes your people happier and more effective.
Problem Solving for teams and organizaitons

Problem Solving

We leverage curriculum in critical thinking and systems thinking as well as creativity to help you innovate on your most intractable challenges.
Team emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

From individual leader social emotional skills to setting emotional norms to help your team thrive, we help you make emotions an asset for your teams.
Proactive risk management on teams

Risk Management

From making decisions at the right level to understanding the current SWOT analysis for your organization, we help make your workforce proactive risk managers.

Why we insist on taking your teams outside...

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More creative

Research from the University of Utah shows that people perform twice as well on industry standard creativity tests after just a little time outside.

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Faster learning

DARPA research found that people become experts in half the time when in flow. We specialize in teaching the fundamentals of flow.

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More connected

After taking more than 350 leaders on 60 multi-day outdoor adventures all over the US, we are no longer shocked at how rapidly ANY group creates cohesion in nature. 

The caliber of our guides makes a huge difference for your teams and leaders.

Tim Satterthwaite Partner and Guide at Cairn Leadership

Tim Satterthwaite earned a Masters in leadership at Vanderbilt and has guided groups all over the world. 

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Mike Jones went into the Marine Corps from the US Naval Academy and currently works on satellite communications at ViaSat.

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Daniel Johnson flew for the US Navy after the Naval Academy before becoming a certified guide and business owner. 

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Justine Whipple worked for Marine Special Operations after graduating from the Naval Academy and then consulted for fortune 500 companies. 

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Karen Miller graduated from Carnegie Mellon and then served as a USMC officer before becoming a Senior Engineer at Amazon. 

Download a leadership topic guide for ideas to implement with your team today.

What our clients say...

Some Repeat Clients

McChrystal Group - Cairn Leadership Client
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