If you put a group of highly motivated individuals in an extreme environment, you bring out the best in them. Mediated by some of the best leadership coaches on board, we learnt how pushing yourself out of your comfort zone creates magic. We learnt to collaborate in teams and built lasting friendships with 140 people from 30 nations and all walks of life! We learnt how to overcome fear with the trust and support of your team, whether it be the fear of plunging into the freezing polar water or the fear of heights while climbing a glacier rife with deep crevasses.
Here are 10 Lessons from the Icy-Classroom:
#10: “Putting extraordinary people in extraordinary places changes people in extraordinary ways.”
-Our leadership Coach Nigel’s Book.
#9: “We might peer into the future at the generations yet unborn and ask ourselves if we are really trustworthy custodians of our heritage. Do we have the right to tell them that they can never see a whale again?”
– David R.Brown
When you see your first whale pop out of water 5 feet from you, it drives down the above point in a way nothing else can. It was surreal.
#8: Great execution. That’s what you need when you are playing great teams. Practice. Practice. Practice.
#7:”A team is not a group of people who work together, it is a group of people who trust each other.” -Simon Sinek
#6: Switch to clean energy- today!
Advocate a movement to adopt clean energy at homes, Offices and communities.
#5: “The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It” -Robert Swan OBE
An embodiment of Leadership- It is such a privilege to meet the man himself, to talk to him one-on-one over tea, to meet him during, between and after sessions… you start to see why he is admired by everyone.
Leadership is making everyone feel included.
#4: Leadership is Collaboration over Competition.
#3: Leadership is also about having fun, as demonstrated by our Authentic leadership coaches. It’s about striking the work-fun balance.
Mattias in a Snowball fight on the ship’s bow.
#2: “We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children.”
#1: “Experiencing Antarctica is not just a privilege, it is a mammoth responsibility to go back and preserve the last known wilderness to man. And it begins now!”
– Rob Swan