March to the Top

Tune in to the History Channel at 9:00 pm to watch the new documentary based on this expedition. Recently I skied to the North Pole. It was cold, it was windy, it was beautiful, and it was educational. For the past two years I have been acting as the Civilian Team Captain for the True Patriot Love expedition series. The True Patriot Love Foundation seeks to raise awareness and funds for ill and injured Canadian military veterans and their families. The wilderness has long been used as a therapeutic tool to help develop self-confidence and overcome personal challenge. True Patriot Love uses this environment to help our military veterans as they retire from service with various physical injuries and mental illnesses. After a successful expedition that took us to Everest Base Camp and to the top of Island Peak, we chose the North Pole as our next destination. Our team of military veterans and business leaders would ski more than 125km in a span of five days. The experience was truly wonderful in so many ways, and we all took much away from it. As a team building and leadership trainer my eye was tuned into the team-oriented learning. These are my take-aways. You Succeed as a Team: The soldiers reinforced this lesson on day one. With a mix of fitness levels and abilities our large team became strung out over quite a distance. The military value of “leave no one behind” caused several soldiers to become anxious as the slower skiers fell further and further behind. When we get focused on personal success, it is easy to forget the...