WE ARE AN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANCY OFFERING GLOBAL EDUCATION IN SALES, SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP. OUR EDUCATION FAST-TRACKS ADAPTATION TO THE CHALLENGES OF THE MODERN WORLD, AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, PEOPLE, CAREERS AND ORGANISATIONS TRANSFORM.
Richard Bowles is the founder of RB L+D, (Learning and Development) a multi-disciplined educator, awarded speaker, advisor, and 5x world-record adventure. Rated in the top 20 APAC keynote presenters, his risky adventure experiences and unique research accelerates people's performance and organisational progress. His work features in international media including CNN and SKY NEWS.
RB L+D was created from the hazardous and uncomfortable situations Richard voluntarily undergoes; from volcano eruptions, crossing crocodile-infested rivers, life-threatening foot infections, desert warzones, sleeping on the rat ridden streets of India, faced with disembowelment with the Japanese Marathon Monks, to coming face to face with a shotgun-wielding lunatic. Our team of psychological experts, unpack those experiences
analyse the human response to change, challenge, and chaos in-depth; leverage our work with neuroscience and psychology, to design entertaining and unique development programs; helping organisations like NAB,
Woolworths, BHP, Randstad and TrendMicro gain a competitive advantage.
We're privileged to educate and grow many types of people across the globe with our sometimes ridiculous, always entertaining significant educational exploits.
Think extreme experiments colliding with forward-thinking business acumen.
Company Director Richard Bowles at our leadership training venue.
Richard Bowles dressed as a rickshaw wallah in our latest adventure experiment
A Word From Our leader
Growing up in the UK my mum worked hard to raise me the right way on her own, cancer took her far too early (miss you, mum). My father on the other hand, which I believe to be still alive, I haven't seen or heard from for over 30 years; was it his absence or that the education system deemed me stupid that impacted the direction I took to become who I am today?.
I wasn't born into a family of adventurers, being labelled as one today I find kind of comical, It's commented that I seem too "well-groomed" to be a rugged explorer; though I'm flattered, I do have a stubble, I like to think it gives me a rugged edge!
From modest beginnings; I failed school, then backpacked as a teenager, worked in construction, a retail store, drove a truck, made cold calls, before competitively growing a successful sales leadership career; from there I co-pioneer a global sponsorship consultancy and established a national annual convention with attendance over 1000. But, I wanted something else.
When I started this extreme adventure journey back in 2012, It was on a whim, and five months later I was running the last kilometre of the longest marked trail in the world (5,330km), I feat I still can't fully comprehend; to endure another eight adventures over the years with similar degrees of arduously is hard to imagine.
Since then I've searched for answers to how a kid from a village in England could establish five world-records, working with many psychologist and scientist, I'm fortunate enough to be able to educate organisations all over the world on what I have discovered. By some measure, it's been a far more arduous journey than voluntarily putting myself through countless near-death experiences.
You understand then, why I ask with such wonder how the hell did I get here?
Over the past few years; I've crossed a crocodile-infested river (courageous?); ducked under missile fire in the middle east (resilient?), survived on two dollars a day as an Indian Rickshaw Wallah (versatile?), spent time with the Japanese Marathon Monks (Enlightened) lived in remote Indigenous communities (humbled) and unpacked my adventures to the point of depression (committed?), appreciative to pick up a few awards along the journey too (honoured).
All of this, of course, was purely a giant life experiment; the analysis? Proficiency in the human response to complex challenges, rapid change and critical situations. The knowledge I have gained on the topic has put me on stages all over the world; My team and I are privileged to help so many people across the globe with our sometimes ridiculous, always entertaining, and significant educational exploits.
Here's to Many More Life Experiments!