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I was given a short article to read recently on ” Inspiration” by Sir Ranulph Fiennes (cousin of Ralph Fiennes, the actor) which resonated due to some simple facts about teamwork and leadership. Quick read and apply.
” Inspiration” by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, exert from his Australian Speaker’s Tour (2011)
We’ve all had tough days at work, not many of us however will have had days quite as tough as Sir Ranulph Fiennes – the man officially recognised by the Guinness book of records as ” the world’s greatest living explorer.” His expeditions around the world are the stuff of legends. He undertook the world’s first surface journey around the world’s axis, the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent and the biggest unsupported polar journey in history. Sir Ranulph Fiennes understands how vital elements such as teamwork, determination, patience, discipline, enthusiasm and creative thinking are what creates extraordinary performance. By drawing on the analogy between nature’s most dangerous and difficult challenges and the very real day to day business challenges, he takes us on a remarkable journey, showing how building a team with the right character and attitude is of paramount Importance for any business…and its sustainable success (I add).
Think about these vital elements for a moment. If you anticipate a difficult day ahead or feel that you need to lift your performance, then place yourselves in Ranulph Fiennes boots for the day. I would suggest that you can reward yourselves and measure achievement by adopting these simple yet powerful characteristics of teamwork, mindset and leadership.
Condition yourselves like a professional athlete, practice and repeat these functions and over time you will push yourselves through the mediocre and average results that can be confronting and then push yourselves to a higher level, a level of out-performance.