While mountaineering isn’t for everyone, many of us are attracted to peak experiences. Rising to the top of a field, being a thought leader or standing on the crest of a mountain are desirable achievements. The view from up top, the very real effort it takes to reach a summit and the lessons learned along the way make up the stuff of movies, books and inspirational talks. It turns out that climbing mountains requires a skill that boosts success no matter where it’s applied. Consider these five ideas about taking a mountaineering approach to the daily grind.
- Commit And Bring The Best: From planning to execution, doing well means getting clear and focused, committing completely and bringing our best to every moment. When stakes are high our attention must be absolute; what seems like no big deal one minute can have a huge impact later on.
- Doing Everything Right Is No Guarantee: Even though each risk has been meticulously managed, every scenario has been considered and we’ve done everything right, life happens. When things don’t go as planned, it’s time to get creative, adapt quickly and be mindful of conditions.
- Celebrate The Small Stuff: There’s more to the journey than just summiting. Since there’s no telling where our path will take us, we should make sure to have fun along the way. Great leaders know it’s important for morale and overall well-being to highlight the little steps.
- Summits Are Halfway Points: We made it to the top, high fives! Now what? In the mountains, summits are halfway points (still have to descend). At work, we have to maintain our clarity and focus as well as the group’s direction and momentum well beyond any peak moment.
- One Step At A Time: Traveling through technical terrain is a great way to tune out distraction, recognize the role of perspective (one person’s warm-up is another’s crux) and embrace a one-step-at-a-time mentality. When we focus our attention on making each movement count, something eventually gets done.
Anyone interested in finding a retreat that will expand their abilities as a leader, the depth of their team’s relationships and provide ongoing content and inspiration for their people, should get in touch with Think NewCo. From off the grid wilderness trips to unplugged resort retreats, we have a variety of ideas to help leaders get clear, find their focus and put mindfulness and meditation into a practical business context they can immediately use in order to optimize effectiveness.