David will use the lessons from the 1st Singapore Mt Everest expedition as an example of how people and teams on mountains work best together, and the kind of self and team leadership needed to succeed.
He shares the kinds of successful mindsets and attributes that helped the Singapore expedition’s 4-year project – to put a group of tropical island climbers on top of the world- succeed. Some themes covered include.
- Ambitious goal setting and goal getting
Using the metaphor of climbing Mt Everest, David shares the actual personal skills each person on such a team needs to have to reach that goal. This includes but is not limited to objective visualization, and cultivating the right emotional relationship with the goal on a daily basis.
- How to Lead Yourself
The fundamental basis of leadership is covered in this segment and involved understanding your role, your obligations, your privilege and resources. Key is having clarity it what motivates you most to produce your best work.
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- Reaching the top as one team
David shares how teamwork is not a group skill, but an individual skill where a shared goal, driven by a deep sense of purpose, clarity of roles, processes that bring success, and building collaborative relationships – are the key ingredients for a summit achievement
- Creating the right set of beliefs to succeed
Instead of focusing on ‘doing more’ all the time, David invites audiences to consider how beliefs change feelings which then shift daily observable actions that thus lead to different/changed result
- Key Leadership Skills/ Swift Decision Making
These include managing expectations, steps in getting the most out of people, and working with skilled people that you don’t really like are some of the real-life issues relevant on Everest as well as in the boardroom. These also include how to make quick decisions under pressure. Audiences learn of concepts used on Everest, as well as at the Executive coaching level – such as: Leadership Clarity and Fierce Dialogues
- Overcoming obstacles and adapting to change Beyond the matter of climbing peaks, how would we cope with catastrophic change in our lives? Since his paralysis and disability from Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 1998, David shares not only his personal comeback and the mindsets to lead change (versus being led by change), and what the latest research is showing us about how to create sustainable change. And with change comes new frontiers. David will explore and challenge audiences to think about possibilities instead of impossibilities – illustrating some climbs pulled off by an all-disabled mountaineering team – and more.
- Good is the enemy of great
David may use a recent climb as an example of how complacency and loss of focus can affect a team, and when remedied, can lead to greater success
- Why David’s Lessons From Everest:
Experience: 1st Singaporean Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), and among just 11% of the 6000 professional experts who speak and consult worldwide with the credential. 10 years as a motivational skills consultant, leadership expert, teambuilder, executive coach and master trainer. Over 200 clients in the past five years, and over 70 programmes delivered annually.
Real-time leadership experience over 20 years of high-level mountaineering expeditions, a decade in corporate business, and the past decade as a corporate coach (as featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Straits Times ‘ Mega Coaches feature” and may more).
Presentation Style: Interactive, breezy, funny, engaging emotions as well as intellect. Authentic