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…

The 3-Minute Leadership Audit

Can the Five Elements of Adventure improve leadership and team development in your organization? The word “audit” is not a punitive. It doesn't connote negativity. The word "audit" deserves more respect than it gets; it's a tool to take…

Why You Need a BHAG

As you stand at the bottom of the mountain looking towards the top, it seems insurmountable that you could ever get there.  Yet you know with the right planning and preparation, you can achieve this goal.  Slowly and steadily you will make…

3 Steps To Effectively Lead Challenging Teams

Leading during challenging conditions is difficult enough: variables, external stressors and pressure, and internal demands on time and resources. Add to that, leading challenging teams, and projects and organizations can reach an impasse;…

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.…

The Path With The Greatest Gain

  Climbing is rather simple: start at the bottom, go to the top, and return back to the bottom. Like anything though, the intricacies are in the details and nuance. When I speak to leaders and organizations, I begin with a photo of Everest…

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,…

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.…

What Makes It So Hard to Engage?

Last week I was presenting a Full Engagement Leadership workshop to about 20 senior leaders in Seattle, WA (the Five Elements of Adventure provide the foundation for this workshop). Working with a smaller group allows for relationship and more…

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…