5 people you need on your team to climb a high mountain

Next to Geneva in Switzerland, there are two mountains, the Salève and the Mont-Blanc.

Easy or impossible mountain?

The Salève is a cosy mountain. You can drive to the top of it by car. This is a usual walk for locals. As it is so close to the city that it almost gives the impression that you can touch it.

However, it might be relatively boring; after a while it is not a challenge anymore.

On the other hand, the Mont-Blanc is further away, scary and pretty much impossible to climb without extensive training and the help of a guide. But just imagine the view up there. There are reasons why it is called “the roof of Europe”, as it is the highest mountain of the “old continent”.

Which mountain are you considering climbing? The easy one, where you know all the turns and the places or the scary, impossible one.

This is an important question for your life, as what you will able to achieve depends on the mountain you are considering climbing, and of course, I don’t mean a mountain literally, I mean the goals of your life.

Go for an impossible goal

Do you have a dream, a goal, a purpose that is too big for you, that is impossible and even scary. Good! Welcome to the club!

What is your goal, your dream, your call, your purpose? Mine is to transform the culture of leadership, not only in one company, not only in companies, but worldwide, and beyond companies, in entire countries. This is definitively a too big purpose, and some think that I have “too big dream”. As a matter of fact, I take it as a compliment, and I would love to also make this compliment to you for your impossible, too big dream.

As I was thinking of this ambitious goal, I was wondering “How I am going to do it?” and realised that it was the wrong question. Who said that you and I should do it on our own. So, the very first step of this journey to impossible dreams is to form a team of like-minded but complimentary people who can take this goal to “high places”

This is how Swiss Leaders Group was created, not using my own name, but a worldwide group, hence the label “group”. I even wanted to find people better than I and I am now extremely proud of the exceptional team of professional on 4 continents who have joined my vision.

5 people you need on your team to climb a high mountain

I think you can follow my thoughts here and you guessed what I am going to say now: if you want to do it on your own, you are not going to it make it to the Mont-Blanc. You need to following people on your team:

  • A mountain guide: a mentor who has been there before and can support you in your journey.
  • Sherpas: people who help you carrying your luggage: carrying a wide vision is a lot to carry on one’s shoulder. You can empower people to carry some part of the vision and do it even better than do.
  • A physical trainer: to prepare for your mountain, you need preparation and to be challenge. Allow one person to stretch you beyond your current limits pushing your comfort zone away. This is a coach, able to question your thinking and challenging you in the direction you would like to go.
  • A driver: somebody who is getting you to the starting point of the climb. I have many precious people who understand and share my vision and open amazing doors of opportunity to “higher places” and without them I would get even to the starting point of some of the amazing projects that I am working on.
  • A junior climber: you climb is more than about yourself. As you climb, and learn to climb better and better, take with you at least one person who has similar goals, but it further down the level of experience that you have. As you learn and grow, pass on what you are learning and be a mentor. Give what you wish to receive, would it be encouragement, support or even somebody to believe in you. There is more joy to give as to receive.

First steps to climb a high mountain

If you still wondering which mountain to climb, here is an answer for you: both! The smaller one, the Salève, is there for training, for you to gain confidence and master the first step. But the real goal is not the Salève, but the Mont-Blanc.

Would like to see your life used to be used for an amazing purpose and exciting journey? Don’t focus on people who tell you that it is impossible, but turn this impossible destination into possibly through taking the first steps of training and building a team that can climb the highest mountains.

See you at the top of the Mont-Blanc. I am looking forward to celebrating you on and the high, impossible and “too big” goals you reached!

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Author of this blog

Joël Vuadens-Chan


Founder & CEO of Swiss Leaders Group, certified trainer, speaker and coach, Executive Director and Member of the President’s Advisory Council of The John Maxwell Team

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