In mountaineering we have two types of risks: Objective and Subjective. Objective risks are things like avalanches and rock fall. They are forces of nature. We can’t control them and sometimes we can’t predict them. Subjective risks are caused by human error: things like exceeding our abilities or improper use of equipment. Subjective risks are…

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What is a High Performance Team? There are so many definitions out there, but we all agree that HPT’s outperform their peers, even if they have fewer resources. Where the definitions differ is over semantics: do team members share the organization’s goals or will they still be successful when they disagree with them? Is leadership…

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Too many leaders struggle to craft and communicate a vision for their team. This is a very expensive problem. If your team doesn’t know where it’s headed, don’t act surprised when they end up at the wrong place. Even if you get to your destination, it is likely that it took too long. In this…

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We will all be called on to lead, and we will be judged by our team’s results. I believe that behavior (not tools or processes) is the most important factor in generating consistent, strategic results. Correctly managing our own behaviors and the behaviors of our team members will ultimately define our path to success or…

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