Can You Create A High-Performance Team?

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High-Performance Team Development My final hopes of staying dry and warm disappeared as the winds picked up and the precipitation began moving horizontally instead of vertically - our days of sun, warm rock, and blue-bird skies were over.…

The Path of the Greatest Gain // Your High Endeavor

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The Path of the Greatest Gain // High Endeavors Clarifying Your High Endeavors Creates a Clear Route toward Summit Success We choose our high endeavors. We choose endeavors, mountains (metaphorical or real) that move us to connect our value…

Leadership Failure: Toxic Expedition

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Complete leadership failure. I hadn't showered in three weeks, I was sunburnt, and I weighed twenty pounds less than I did when we started 21 days ago. I was despondent and exhausted. As an assistant guide on my first trip to climb Denali, North…

Summit Leadership - The Kilimanjaro Project

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I just wrapped up a successful (and really fun!) expedition climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. While Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, standing at 19,341 feet, it is also an amazingly diverse cultural…

10 Best Adventure Leadership Books

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The Five Elements of Adventure provide a framework from which to examine and engage as leaders in both our personal and professional lives. Leadership is an art. Applying it in the realm of adventure challenges and pushes leaders to the brink.…

Start Your Day With a Breath - Not A Bang

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Set your alarm late, get up as late as possible, rush through the morning routine, coffee and some calories, and out the door to commute to work - a routine that produces stress, anxiety, and certainly not much joy! One of the best moments…

The Great Paradox

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  Today I came across a quote by John Amatt that summarized one of the great paradoxes we all face - the place where comfort and routine collide with uncertainty and possibility. It is one of the great paradoxes of human existence that,…

You Should Be Very Afraid: Uncertainty, Terror, and Achievement

Adventure is defined by uncertain outcome. The most significant moments of our lives, the most important decisions and the most meaningful choices are characterized, in part, by uncertainty and by fear. Without uncertainty we have a safe, contained,…

Engage Strengths, Manage Weakness

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Full engagement is your right. The mismanagement of your weaknesses is a sure-fire way to derail yourself from full engagement and land right into a world of clutter, busy work, and frustration that yields disengagement and disenchantment. Ugh.…

3 Simple Steps to Full Engagement Leadership

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Full Engagement Leadership As a leader, it's your job to guide your team towards accomplishing specific and tangible goals. You may successfully reach those goals, but is your leadership style sustainable for both yourself and your team. Are…

Down and Out or Why Unplug // Part I

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I feel a bit like an old man curmudgeon. Harking back to a simpler time. Pining for the days pre-tether. I'm no luddite. I am not a technophobe in the least. I just feel the pain and sadness of the technology tether frequently. Technology…

Why you need routine to create adventure

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Adventure and routine? Seems an unlikely combination. Adventure doesn't come easy. It can't be bought or prepackaged and delivered. Adventure demands full engagement and all the trials and tribulations that come with it; there is a cost. For…