Project Everest: Essential Steps For Successful Projects
Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of humanity’s greatest feats of human endurance. The two-month quest to reach the highest point on earth is a journey filled with unparalleled challenges and some of the roughest and most extreme conditions imaginable. Alan’s dynamic presentation focuses on developing leadership capacity and strengthening teams by reinforcing the professional development skills that are essential for success in any endeavor. It highlights the essential processes that are involved in planning and executing difficult projects by using the challenge of Everest as a metaphor and example of such a project. The presentation is structured around a two-month mountaineering expedition where Alan, along with his father, brother and sister set a world record on Everest after climbing through some of the most arduous and terrifying conditions imaginable. The underlying message is about how we as project managers need to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take in order to achieve breakthrough performance. By integrating his many years of innovative leadership and project management experience with captivating mountaineering and adventure stories, Alan creates a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audience.
The principal themes and key messages of Project Everest include:
• Improving Communication and Overcoming Communication Barriers
• Developing a Clear Scope and Objectives through Strategic Planning
• Establishing a Schedule and the Consequences of Schedule Deviations
• Risk Management, Mitigation and Planning Risk Responses
• Initiating, Managing and Embracing Change
• Developing a Stronger Level of Trust in Professional Relationships
• Effective Methods of Dealing with Conflict and Adversity
• Improving Team Dynamics and Collaboration
Alan is an international speaker, author and professional development trainer who is passionate about leadership and living life to the absolute fullest! He studied engineering at Queen’s University and has worked all over the world as a mechanical engineer and project manager but his true passion is in working with people to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our overall health and happiness.
Alan is also a college professor, avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys many different activities but his favorite activities are those spent out in the wilderness and those that involve strategy and problem solving. He speaks English and Spanish and loves to travel the world and explore new places.
In the spring of 2008, Alan and his family set a world record as the first family of four to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. It was a two-month expedition through some of the most terrifying and arduous conditions imaginable but to finally reach the end goal was an incredible feeling. Alan offers a number of exciting keynotes and interactive sessions focused on building leadership capacity and strengthening teams by reinforcing the professional development skills that are essential for conquering one’s own Everest, whatever that may be.