Building an effective team is, once again, largely the job of the leader in the sense that he or she initiates, drives and monitors the process.
Climbing any big mountain always includes many unknowns. The team dynamics, the weather, the snow conditions and even the local culture, political climate and economy come into play. This is the excitement of exploration and adventure.
Monday July 26 – Summit Day At 11am we stood on the top of Europe. It was a long and tiring climb, but fun and exciting. It was very busy in the hut which translated into a lot of noise, but I don’t sleep much before a summit climb anyway. I went to bed about [...]
Breakfast once again at 8am. Today it was a type of fried dough, fried eggs, ham, salami, cheese and cereal. It was all quite good and I ate a lot as I did not know when lunch would be or if it would be any good. At 9:30am we boarded a van for the 15 [...]
As of this Saturday I will be off on another mountaineering expedition. I will be climbing Mt. Elbrus in Russia. Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and will, if I am successful, be the 6th of the 7 summits that I have climbed.
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.
conditions of complexity call for high levels of human interaction in organizations – and meetings play a key role in helping leaders accomplish goals. Certainly these are some of the most complex times in history. Meetings are one for the most important tools leaders have for tapping into their intellectual capital and for building the social capital so necessary to weathering tough times