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Feeling Stuck? Reach Your Plateau?

Feeling stuck? Funny how we think of plateaus in a negative light. Plateaus can actually be perfect for resting and absorbing the surroundings – taking it all in, 360 degrees around. But plateaus can grow stale quickly. What comes next? Is…

Team Development Trends to Watch in 2017

Team development is surely an evolving concept. One certainty is that team development will be every bit as essential to organizational success in 2017 as it always has been. The corporate world is anything but static, and team building strategies…

How the Holidays Can Boost Your Team Building

There's little disagreement that most people feel higher stress levels during the end-of-year holidays. The many additional responsibilities people take on, including gift shopping, attending social events, hosting family and friends, and dealing…

5 Team Building Quotes and How to Live By Them

Team building may encompass many different activities, but all have the goal of enhancing relationships between team members, and helping define roles within teams. Specific team building activities, like hiking up a mountain as a team or engaging…
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5 Lewis & Clark-Inspired Traits Every Executive Should Embrace

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In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson oversaw the purchase from France of the vast Louisiana Territory, and afterward proposed a lengthy exploration of the territory, choosing his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to oversee it. Along with…
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Why Team Building is Easier at 10,000 Feet

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Climbing mountains with others builds camaraderie and cohesion unlike anything else. This is true even on easy climbs - the ones that are more "walking" than "climbing" and don't require ropes and harnesses. For this reason, mountain climbing…

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…

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…