THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE LEVEL
What is success? Is it reaching the top? And what is the top; does everyone envisage the same top as their goal? And how important is it to reach this goal together as a team? The session ‘Peak Performance’ covers these issues. Mountaineer and adventurer Katja Staartjes uses breathtaking images to take you to the Himalayas, to the mountain Manaslu (8,163 m).
The run-up to this was very exciting: the original aim was Shisha Pangma, an 8021 m mountain in Tibet, but political turmoil threw a spanner in the works. Just before departure, the country closed its borders; the plan was changed to the ‘eight thousand m peak’ Manaslu in Nepal. This demanded a psychological mind shift of 180 degrees for the Dutch team of five. Eventually the team reached the 400 metres point below the summit. One half year later, a second attempt was made. Their highest possible point turned out to be 99.7%; the secondary peak at 8140 metres. Only 23 meters below the actual top … In short, no gold medal….. Or was there?
This presentation covers how to handle risks and about team spirit; about dealing with disappointments and about how to surpass yourself. It is also about integrity; a story about personal leadership.