Optimizing Adversity

In 2003, while working as an assistant ski guide, Ken Wylie was involved in a devastating avalanche catastrophe in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. Since then, his self-exploration has changed how he sees and understands adversity. Consequence can be a great mentor, yet simply living through an event is not enough.

Optimizing adversity is critical to thriving as an individual and as an organization. Whether we like it of not we carry memories and lessons from past events. What we carry is our choice and it matters. The process must be intentional and practiced personally and culturally.  

This engagement chronicles Ken’s process of reflection and complements the 2014 publication of his book "Buried." Ken Wylie is an IFMGA mountain guide, educator, author and first ascensionist of both rock and waterfall ice climbs in the Canadian Rockies. He lives on Vancouver Island.

 

The Listening Leader

Great leaders listen.

They first listen to themselves to know what their own inner guidance system is telling them. They listen to others wholeheartedly so that they can broaden their field of view and illuminate blind spots. Finally, powerful leaders listen to their environment to explore a match between human perception and physical reality. Listening to self, others and the environment in symphony is how informed action is taken. This talk celebrates the power of listening by exploring powerful experiences from a life filled with adventure.

 

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Speaking in Chamonix France at the Arc'teryx Alpine Academy Piotr Drożdż Photography

Speaking in Chamonix France at the Arc'teryx Alpine Academy

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