My name is Charlie Wardle and having built a successful corporate career, during which I held a number of senior management and leadership roles, my circumstances led me to discover a passion for both the mountains and health & wellbeing.
For many years, I’ve noticed strong parallels in so many ways between the mountains and both business and life.
Mountain Parallels was born from these observations.
I offer a range of Talks, Workshops and Seminars relating to ‘Leadership & Management’ and ‘Health & Wellbeing’ which all use analogies and real-life experiences of the mountains as parallels to Business and Life. In addition, there is the ‘Mountains’ section which gives you the opportunity to experience outdoor activities, challenges and the mountains for real.
Who am I?
By profession, I am a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a member of the ICAEW, having trained with PwC in London back in the late 1990s. In 2002, I completed my full-time MBA from Cranfield School of Management and also qualified in Marketing (CIM).
During my varied business career, I have – amongst other things – held senior management and leadership roles for Santander Plc, BT Plc and Elsevier Plc as well as running my own businesses.
I have experienced a lot of highs and lows in my lifetime (so far!) and, as a result of some of the lows, I developed a strong interest in Health and Wellbeing.
This led me to set up a charity (Climb Your Mountain) and become very knowledgeable in this area through extensive research, reading, courses and meeting hundreds of people dealing with their personal issues. I’ve delivered talks, workshops and courses to over 6,000 people and the many books I’ve written have reached over 110,000 people. Topics include Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Confidence, Benefits of Exercise plus Motivation and Achievement.
In the Mountains
My love of the mountains started soon after I set up the Climb Your Mountain charity as I was looking for challenges to do. After several years of leading people on various hikes all over the UK, I decided to become a qualified Mountain Leader and set up the business, The Mountain Coach.
To date, I have led nearly 10,000 people up and down mountains plus other treks, hikes and adventures including several overseas expeditions.
Why Mountain Parallels?
Being a good, effective leader requires a lot of the same skills that it takes to climb a mountain.
You need to equip your team for the journey, choose the best routes, lead the way, cope with the unexpected, take time to celebrate achievements, and appreciate that the climb itself matters just as much as the view from the summit.
You also need to prioritise health and wellbeing – your own and that of your team.
Business Training – Leadership & Management plus Health & Wellbeing
With experience and insights I’ve gained in business and on mountains – I call them ‘Mountain Parallels’ – I bring you business training workshops, talks and seminars designed to help you and your team thrive on the journey to the top.
Mountain Parallels brings you effective, proven business training workshops and talks using lessons I’ve learned, first as a business professional and, later, as a qualified Mountain Leader who’s taken thousands of people to the top of so many different mountains in the UK and overseas.
Empower and inspire your company’s leaders and managers or build your teams’ skills for the journey ahead.
Outdoor hikes, team-building activities & challenges
They say a change is as good as a rest, and I couldn’t agree more. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of leading thousands of people on mountain treks and the result is always transformative, not least for teams who work together.
An outdoor activity or challenge is the perfect way to get your team outdoors. They can chat to their colleagues, relax, learn new skills, see new places, improve their health and wellbeing, and hopefully feel refreshed and energised as a result. Many people discover new strengths and resilience that lasts long after the trek is over.
Featured Talk: ‘It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves’
There is a whole lot more to my story that I would love to share with you.
I have a featured talk that I can deliver to your company, organisation or group, which I hope you will find interesting, informative and inspiring. The title of this talk is a famous quote by the first man to climb Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary… I feel that in many ways this quote is very apt for my story which covers the many highs and lows, the successes I’ve had, the challenges I’ve faced, the decisions and changes to my life I’ve made and through having to climb my own personal mountain I’ve learnt so much which I hope can benefit others too.
- 1hr version – £200
- 2hr version (with slide presentation) – £350
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