Being a good, effective leader requires a lot of the same skills that it takes to climb a mountain. Equip your team, route plan, lead the way and appreciate the climb just as much as reaching the top.
With a strong background and continued interest in business, I have often seen clear parallels between what you encounter in the mountains and in business in a variety of ways. From preparation, skills, experience, communication, trust and enjoyment to adversity, leadership, management, resilience and more – mountains and business have a surprising amount in common.
I’ve put together a series of business talks and workshops, or a one-day seminar, designed to give a refreshing take on Leadership and Management. This series of six topics gives unique but very valuable information and insight combining my strong business and mountain skill sets and leadership experience.
Each one focuses on particular elements related to business and the mountains, designed specifically for those people within your company who are leaders or managers or who aspire to be.
Talks, Workshops or Seminar
Each topic can be delivered as a talk or interactive workshop. Talks are 1.5 hours and workshops are 2.5 hours. Or alternatively as a full-day Seminar. The choice is yours.
What’s in your rucksack?
On any hike, climb or expedition you need to carry a rucksack for yourself which might include food, drink, spare clothes, compass, etc but as a leader or manager you also need to consider other people and what you may also need to carry for them. You must understand your objectives and prioritise what you need to take and what might they need for the climb ahead? And are there any other leaders or people who can assist you and help carry the additional weight?
# Key Points – Preparation, objectives, the bigger picture, empathy, visualisation, prioritising, performance, delegation
What routes are you going to choose?
As the leader you choose where you are going and what routes you are going to take on a mountain hike. There are many different routes up and down a mountain – some more challenging, some more scenic, some quicker and some unchartered. You need to decide on which routes and why you choose them, taking into account the terrain, the conditions, the experience and capabilities of the group, the time you have and what your goals and objectives are.
# Key Points – Vision, strategy, conditions, forecasting, decision-making, skill sets, goal setting, courage, team building
Who are you leading on the climb?
It’s one thing to go on a solo climb when you only need to think about your own needs and take responsibility for yourself. It’s a different thing altogether to lead or manage a team and have responsibilities to them too. The more you know them, have empathy and understand their strengths and weaknesses the better. How well do you know your group? How will you communicate effectively with them to build trust and confidence in your leadership and also empower them?
# Key Points – Empathy, communication, trust, integrity, strengths, weaknesses, group dynamics, empowerment, synergies
What if things don’t go to plan?
Sometimes on a mountain climb, just like in business, things don’t go to plan. Perhaps it’s the weather, an injury or illness within the group, a route is not accessible or even an avalanche occurs. As the leader, what do you do and how do you handle these situations? How do you stay calm and make the right decisions in difficult and pressurised situations? And can you focus on solutions, spot opportunities and identify talent within the group in tough times?
# Key Points – Thinking clearly under pressure, decision making, crisis management, resilience, solutions, identifying talent
Remember to take time to admire the views!
Like with business, it’s all too easy on a mountain climb to focus only on the end goal rather than enjoying the journey. You need to remind yourself and others why you are climbing, what are the reasons and to take time along that path to enjoy it and recognise your efforts and achievements. Talk to your group, point stuff out, have fun, smile, take breaks, re-energise and don’t forget to admire the views! The more you appreciate the climb the better your performance will be.
# Key Points – Enjoyment, reward, reflection, motivation, re-energise, performance, productivity, recognise success
After the climb – what did we learn?
After a climb with a group it is always important to evaluate how the hike went, both for yourself and as a group. Did we meet our objectives, what did we learn, did we enjoy it, how can we give and receive feedback constructively, do we need to do a formal review or appraisal, is there anything to follow up on, what could we improve on, how did we develop personally and, of course, look at all the photos!
# Key Points – Evaluate, Key learning points, feedback, review & appraisal, personal development, relationship building
- Talks 1.5hrs – £250 each
- All six Talks – £1,250 (saving £250)
- Workshops 2.5hrs – £350 each
- All six Workshops – £1,750 (saving £350)
- Full Day Seminar – £900
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