The participants will join Bonington on the ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975. It was the largest and most complex expedition ever to leave Britain, tackling what is one of the most daunting challenges in the history of climbing – Everest the Hard Way.
Five strong expeditions had already tried and failed.
He first takes them through the planning process and then on to the climb itself, setting the scene, giving all the relevant information but then asking the participants for their solutions to the problems involved.
The questions examined are ones of leadership, dealing with the inter reaction of the team rather than climbing tactics.
This approach enables the entire group to participate in the climb, exploring different ways to deal with issues as they occur in the course of the story. Its strength is its participatory nature and it has worked very effectively in numerous seminars. In the course of the discussion he brings the participants back to their own work day challenges and encourages them to compare these with the issues explored on the mountain.
Because the presentation is interactive, the participants not only absorb more of the lessons, but having helped to form them, take on greater ownership of the leadership and team building principles brought out by the story.
Length of presentation: This workshop needs about three hours – a morning or afternoon
A programme illustrating Bonington’s management style.
- Visionary Leadership
- Synergy in Teamwork
- Planning and Organisation
- Determination and Perseverance
Reaching the highest point on Earth requires teamwork of the highest level. Chris Bonington describes his own personal success in at last reaching the summit of Everest in 1985 at the age of 50, as a member of the Norwegian Everest Expedition. The expedition placed eighteen climbers and Sherpas on the summit in three seperate ascents, a record at that time. This was possible because of thorough planning and organisation, but most of all, because of the quality of teamwork amongst the expedition members.
The leader was Arne Naess, a millionaire ship owner, and Bonington acted as his chief of staff looking after the logistics and advising on strategy. He studies Naess’s approach to leadership and explores the dynamics of decision making within the team.
Bonington was stretched to the limit in his own bid for the summit and describes how he was helped by the men around him. He also shares his thoughts as he approached the summit. He takes his audience step by step up Everest in such a vivid way that they share in the exhilaration of the climb and he constantly draws parallels between the effort on the mountain and their realities in the business and management world.
Length of presentation: This can be adjusted to the requirements of the client but an hour’s presentation followed by fifteen to thirty minutes questions and discussion is ideal.