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Richard Watson, Group Manager, Microsoft UK.
Our leadership team spent an amazing few hours with Andy & took back new tools to the everyday challenges we face.
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Andy's presentation was insightful, visually dramatic & entirely relevant to our business, as we begin a period of transformation.
Nick Welch, Head of Site, Sellafield, Capenhurst.
Wonderful feedback from our delegates. Andy’s presentation met our brief for the theme of our seminar perfectly! Truly inspiring.
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Category Archives: Leadership
Why is saying ‘I don’t know’ so hard to do in business? Perhaps we want to be seen as experts rather than people who are continually learning. Levitt and Dubner note in Freakonomics that this is one of the most destructive forces in business.
I am a professional mountaineer and mountain guide. As a leader on skis or in crampons, I feel at home. I think I am good at getting the best out of my team in this mountain environment. After 30 years plus, I already know a lot: I’ve done my 10,000 hours and some.
Who Cares? When delivering a speech, just remember that because you’re the boss or someone of note, doesn’t mean people will sit up and listen. When preparing a presentation, a good starting point is to ask: ‘Why should anyone care […]
I’ve always enjoyed reaching the summit of a mountain via a ridge climb. Whether working as a leader on a well-worn classic route or trying a first ascent, a good ridge lingers long in the memory. But what makes them so special?
Being a mountain guide is about being a leader, finding the way and making big decisions. But it is also about being a mentor, enabling others to be the best they can be.
One element I have always enjoyed is coaching people to rock climb. Sometimes people have climbed a lot and want to improve so they can realise a particular ambition, for others it is a completely new experience.
In September 2013, Simon Yates and I set off to explore new routes in the mountains of the Cordillera Darwin in Tierra del Fuego, at the tip of South America. We would be the only people climbing in a mountain range as long as the Alps: the only access is by boat. On the map there are a few red lines denoting previous explorers’ routes. Most of the map is blank, totally unexplored – a rare thing in today’s world.
I recently bumped into a French alpinist in Glencoe who explained that 10 top French Alpinists had come to Scotland in winter to train for a trip to the greater ranges. My own mountaineering career began in Scotland 30 years ago and, despite having climbed all over the world, it remains a very special place for me.
So what makes a day out in Scotland in winter so challenging?
Everest – An Enduring Legacy
The first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 was an inspiring story of human courage, great leadership, teamwork and motivation. Importantly, it was also an example of a famous event leaving a lasting legacy for future generations. Following that successful ascent, theMount Everest Foundation was formed, initially financed from surplus funds and royalties, ‘to encourage and support ‘exploration of the mountain regions of the earth’. 60 years later the charity is still going strong, handing out thousands of pounds to pioneering climbers and scientists each year.
So you have done your research at home and now you are in the mountains. What next?
1 ‘The Mountain has no idea that you are an expert!’
I try and remember this phrase. Even if you have been climbing for years, or are an experienced leader, or have been to a particular mountain many times before, remain vigilant. A good leader will use intuition and observation before setting out and will continuously re-assess en route: always try and view things with fresh eyes.
It is mid-December and in many mountains of the northern hemisphere snow has arrived. In the Alps, the avalanche hazard is so high that last week the Mont Blanc Tunnel was closed. Already, in the UK plenty of people have […]
A key part of reducing a team’s exposure to risk on a climb is the quality of the information about the mountain and the conditions they are likely to encounter.
Whether it is a day climb in Scotland or a Himalayan peak, time spent researching is an investment. Climbers are good at setting clear goals; successful ones are masters of making the right decision in view of conditions.