Mount Everest is such an amazing laboratory and training ground for leaders and teams. The level at which you must communicate, lead, problem solve, build trust, and deal with change and risk is phenomenal. If you are looking for it you can see great examples of amazing leadership and teamwork and shocking displays of ineffective leadership and total lack of team. If you look closer you can easily see the factors that create success and failure.
If all you are looking for is a small improvement you can likely just tweak your existing system to meet your goal. If you are looking for a total shift in your culture or to meet stretch goals you may need to bust your old system and develop a completely new one. This will take courage, trust, communication and leadership.
When we face risk, we learn about ourselves. We may learn what our limitations are but, most importantly, we learn about what our limitations ARE NOT. This can free us to try new things and to be more successful than we were before.
There are basically two strategies you can use to make it through 2009. You could choose to lay low, cut costs, cut spending and hope to survive or you can focus on growth and innovation. We as a company have chosen the later.
Leading people is difficult enough, but when you factor in generational differences it becomes downright complex.