Energizing GDI Mountain Speakers set the stage as we present the metaphors for mountaineering and lessons to be learned. Speakers not only share mountaineering stories, but also make the connections between performance in the mountains related to leadership, teamwork and business.
1996 Everest Tragedy – A Team and Leadership Case Study
One of the most analyzed tragedies in mountaineering history offers lessons in leadership and teamwork applicable to any business. Teams discuss pertinent leadership issues and how these concepts relate to their business.
Mountain Expedition Experiential Challenges:
Mountain Tango: This sequenced activity challenges teams to work with ropes: Coiling, stacking, untangling and travelling together under simulated mountain pressure situation.
Glacier Crossing: Multiple rope teams simultaneously navigate the glacier crossing terrain together (with limited vision or communication) while inter-connected. Strategic planning becomes very apparent and coaching is integral to team success.
Mountain Communication: Divided teams must use radio communication to replicate a structure from base camp. This mountain dilemma requires detailed communication, information sharing, giving and receiving feedback and quality control.
Teton Traverse: Teams arrive and must acquire critical resource that are precariously placed and only reached by supporting a teammate with resources provided (ropes and harness). Leadership, communication and trust highlight this challenge.
Base Camp – Complex large group culminating experience
Imagine small teams, equipped with a single headlamp, entering into a pitch-black conference room… the light shines into wafting clouds of fog as participants search for scattered pieces of equipment located across the “mountain.” The feeling of rushing wind simulates mountain weather and the sound of 100 per hour wind is deafening…
Climbing and Mountaineering in the 2015 Popular Media
2015 has shown an explosion of Climbing and Mountaineering into the main steam media. The first ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan and the ongoing solo ascents of Alex Hannold have redefined what is possible. You can read about the recent Meru movie in the blog post written by GDI President, Tim Walther. The movie, Everest, is also out and features yet another version of the 1996 tragedy.
Imagine a small team, equipped with a single headlamp, entering into a pitch-black conference room… the light shines into wafting clouds of mist and fog as participants search for scattered pieces of equipment located across the “mountain.” The feeling of rushing wind simulates mountain weather and the sound of 100 per hour winds are deafening…