The Role of Teamwork in Success on Everest

The Role of Teamwork in Success on Everest It is rare that Everest is climbed solo. Even if a climber is alone on the mountain, there is a team at home that has given this person the support to do what he or she is doing. Everest is climbed step by step and each person must take those steps on their own. Nobody can do this for you. However, it is the team that gives the individual the power to perform. As I was approaching the summit of Everest on that beautiful day in 2008 I was alone. I was alone in my thoughts and I was alone in my movements. Yes there were other people around me, but essentially I was alone in my own small world. I was performing alone, but I was climbing off the “backs” of my team mates and they were climbing off my back. The team had been essential in my success as they helped to give me the mental and emotional strength to do what I was doing. Without the team I never would have been able to accomplish what I did. I had another critically important team with me that day. Back home my wife and two children were waiting for news of my ascent, but they were with me every step of the way. Death is common on Everest and many climbers will just sit down and never get up again. There were times when I wanted to sit down and give up, there were times when my body faltered, there were times when my mind wandered. This is when...

Welcome to the new Summit Team Building Blog

We will be posting topical articles and stories from our own experiences, but we’d also like to hear from you.   Welcome to the renewed Summit team blog. In this space we’ll reveal insights, answer questions and share stories gleaned from over 150 years of experience with a wide variety of teams, leaders and organizations. That’s right; a century and a half. Summit Team Building is now approaching the 20 year mark as an organization. And, our six principal facilitators average over 25 years of team experience that ranges across the planet, from the most formal board rooms to the peaks of the highest mountains, from bustling urban centres to remote wilderness areas.   We will be posting topical articles and stories from our own experiences, but we’d also like to hear from you. Please send us an email if you have a question you’d like an answer to, or a great story to share. We’ll do our best to create a great forum for learning.   As John F. Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”   Contact us with questions, comments and stories at: team@summitteambuilding.com Contact us For More...