Have a Summer Season filled with
F.U.N.N. (Functional Understanding Not Necessary) is a concept first introduced to me through the work of Karl Rohnke. Karl is viewed as one of the most important (if not THE most important) key players in experiential/adventure education. Karl's work helped bring the world of adventure programming to schools, colleges, corporations, therapy, and more.

Karl was big on the idea that in order for anyone to take anything away from an experiential adventure program, they must be engaged in an experience that is enjoyable on some level. Meaningful learning can only take place when someone is engaged in the experience; and, you are more likely to inspire engagement when (1) people are having fun and (2) there is not an exorbitant amount of pressure to fully comprehend "the why".

The Empower Leadership Team believes in blending the concept of "F.U.N.N." with purposeful activity or play. The two concepts may seem like polar opposites of one another; however, there is great value when balancing the two polarities. The right mix of fun and purpose will lead to results that are memorable, emotionally stimulating, and empowering!
Summer is a period of time that we all associate with vacations and time in the sun. While you should definitely enjoy your fun-filled summer, there are ways to make those fun times even more meaningful and productive. Today, we share some of our favorite ideas to have an epic summer!
Fun and exciting family play with meaningful and empowering "learning opportunities" - you betcha! While there is not much to understand from a "functional" standpoint", there are plenty of great leadership lessons to take away from the Empower activities outlined in this video blog article.
The summer months offer a nice break from the day-to-day grind. It is always nice to step away and recharge the battery; however, we all know that there is no “on/off” button in effective leadership - even in times of rest and leisure, the best leaders are always on a quest to fine-tune their crafts.
Season III of the Lead with Empower Podcast
Episode 18: Doug Whittington, Team Effectiveness Consultant
“Instead of talking about the glass being half full or half empty, we talk about the part that we can drink!”

Episode 17: Doug Waechter, Realtor, Broadcaster, and Former Professional Baseball Player
“Don’t let other people tell you that you are not good enough to do something. Give it your best shot and prove them wrong!!!”

Episode 16: Dayna Adamowicz, HR Director for Empower Adventure Operations
“Help someone do something that they don’t think they can do!”
"I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better."
- Paul Theroux
Summer is here!

The Empower Leadership Team is here to help you burst out of your slump and make the most of the beautiful Summer weather! While we all have important responsibilities to take care of each day, striking a balance between work and play will help you discover the perfect combination of FUNN and PURPOSE! Summer is the ideal time for new adventures and exciting endeavors that will get you out of your comfort zone and discover the best version of yourself!

We've got our TOP 5 ideas for jumpstarting a summer of fun and adventure. What sorts of adventures will YOU get into this summer?