Last year I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with my friend and his teenage son who I knew well, and four others who we met for the first time at basecamp.
As a team of seven, we quickly discovered that we needed to work together and adapt our behaviours to deal with an environment the like of which none of us had experienced before.
What we did …
The biggest lesson was the last one:
In his 1961 speech to Congress Kennedy didn’t say the US should achieve the goal of “landing a man on the Moon”. The goal he set was “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.”
Halfway up the mountain our newly formed team realised that the goal wasn’t just to get to the summit.
It was to get to the summit and to get safely back down again – as a team.
I’m now applying this Kilimanjaro-mindset to the post-pandemic recovery of workplaces …
Kilimanjaro was tough, and I never want to experience the gnawing cold, leaden limbs, and breathlessness again.
But I don’t regret a single moment because I think it’s made me – and the team I shared the experience with – more resilient and adaptable.
And in the months ahead, I think the Kilimanjaro-mindset could do the same for your organisation.