My teammates and I have learned about building World Class Teams the hard way: by competing in and winning the world’s toughest ultra-endurance Adventure Races. From the leech-infested jungles of Borneo to the towering peaks of Tibet and Ecuador, to the frigid seas and glaciers of Patagonia and the searing desert of Namibia, we have run, paddled, mountain biked, climbed, whitewater rafted, spelunked, mountaineered, navigated and raced across the most remote places on earth for up to ten NON STOP days and nights as a team. There is no shelter, no warm food, no escape from the harshness of the uncharted terrain, and no reprieve from the competitors relentlessly nipping at our blister-covered heels. If just one racer from our 4 person mixed-gender team quits, we are all disqualified. So, by necessity, the journey to the unimaginable distant finish line in these 600-1000 mile “Eco-Challenges” very quickly becomes far less a matter of athletic skill than a matter of great leadership, the human spirit, and our ability to inspire our tattered teammates to continue to rise to the occasion again and again–no matter how tough the challenge, no matter how steep the climb, and in the face of a consistently changing game (kinda sounds like your job as a leader doesn’t it?).
Is Adventure Racing Insanity? Granted. Bu there is one very useful, if unintended, real-world takeaway from every finisher: An honorary PhD in Teambuilding. Or as I like to call it… creating Human Synergy.
So how do we as leaders keep a team moving toward those audacious goals with one heart and one mind? Here a a few Essential Elements of Human Synergy that I’ve learned from the world’s greatest Extreme Teammates.
Join us on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. for a hike up Saddleback Mountain with World Renowned Adventure Racer Robyn Benincasa.
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