Team builder

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Monday, March 10, 2014

FALLING in love early in life could prove an important lifemoment for most of people. If it blossoms into something worthwhile, a successful relationship could set a person headstrong for a lifetime.

For Ricky Sevilla, a romantic fascination with adventure and the outdoors started when he was barely a young boy. This was decades ago; he would sit in class, waiting, daydreaming of what awaited him outside the school premises after the bell would ring.

When the classes were dismissed, he recalls running home with his heavy backpack -- as fast as he could fueled solely by excitement -- throwing his school bag on the floor upon arrival, and then spending the rest of the day in a secluded spot near what used to one of Cebu’s large golf courses.


“I remember sometimes, we’d camp out overnight with my friends. I went home the following morning with a spanking waiting for me from my mom,” remembers Ricky.

Although the said area today still maintains a little greenery, it has primarily evolved into a business center and buildings around the area have become the norm. The former Boy Scout in high school, considers his daily adventures as a kid as to what prompted him to become who he is today: an advocate for the environment and a professional trainer who handles team-building sessions under his brand Outdoor Perspective for corporate clients here in Cebu.

“I worked as an insurance salesperson in 1991. I resigned in 1996. I just thought that the corporate life, and wear, just wasn’t for me. Since then, this is what I have been doing; going on mountaineering trips, experiencing the great outdoors. In fact, I think I’ve already been to all ‘known major mountains’ here in the Philippines,” he states.

Outdoor Perspective started as a restobar along Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City, a few years back. But since 2007, Ricky has turned the brand into a training group that facilitates team-building sessions that go beyond the walls of any office or establishment. His “brand” of team-building includes a lot of outdoor activities -- physical, mental and emotional tasks -- that are sure to give participants a chance by the end of a session, to take a good look at himself or herself.

“So far so good, I guess,” laughs Ricky, describing how successful his sessions have been recently. “I mean, I think our team is doing a pretty good job since our clients have been requesting for sessions again and again, and some refer us to other companies they know.” These companies include, and are not limited to, Gothong Southern Forwarders, Lexmark Research and Development, Unilab, Smart Philippines, Convergy’s, Plantation Bay and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa.

Ricky’s training design usually lasts for about two days, and one reason for such is that he believes that a person’s real character is drawn out better during a longer session. It also makes the sessions a better opportunity for bonding and a venue for open communication among the people involved.

“There are physical challenges; there are individual and group challenges. There’s more activity than talk during these sessions. When people are given hard tasks, the personality usually comes out.”

The man is not alien to the fact that factions within the different departments within huge companies are common. “Sometimes, when company asks us to conduct a team-building session, it’s a way of ‘trouble-shooting’ the people in the company and to see how they would react to one another.”

It is important to note that Ricky has undergone a lot of trainings himself to be where he is skill-wise at present. The experience he has right now is a fruit of the numerous sessions he’s been during his lifetime; be it leadership courses, survival camps, schoolorganized activities or government-run trainings.

Add that to his wanderlust and thirst for travel and exploration, Ricky is made for a life of adventure.

But despite all of this, he feels like his main direction in life is to promote the environment and to protect it. “Conducting team-building sessions is not the ultimate goal, but it is just part of a bigger dream,” he states. “Through these activities, I would also like people to be educated about what we could do for the betterment of the environment.

Simple things, like, awareness where to dispose trash, and all that. This is what I feel is most important,” believes this man; passionately in love with the world and her fruits from the very beginning.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 10, 2014.


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