Climbing mountains and dealing with crisis management
As a mountain climber enthusiast, I have spent my whole life climbing mountains in my free time on vacations and weekends. A lot of what I have learned about crisis management I have learned through my experiences on the mountain. These lessons are valuable not just for climbers, but for crisis management professionals as well. In this text, I will highlight some of my key findings that could be interesting to share👇
The first and one of the most important principles I have learned is the importance of having clear goals. When climbing a mountain, it is essential to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, and to be able to articulate that vision to your team. As the saying goes, “A goal without a plan is just a wish🧞 . This helps to focus your efforts and to stay motivated. Similarly, crisis management professionals must also have clear goals, and must be able to communicate those goals to their teams and stakeholders.
Good partners and team❤️
Another principle I have learned is the importance of having a good team and partner, and of building mutual trust. “The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” 🏆 Mountain climbing is an inherently risky activity, and it is impossible to do it alone. It is essential to have a strong team of skilled and reliable individuals, as well as a good partner whom you can trust and rely on. Building mutual trust is also essential, as you are often at the different ends of the rope. Crisis management professionals can also benefit from having a strong team and partner, as well as building mutual trust, as it helps to ensure that they are able to respond effectively to crises and make the best decisions for the organization.
“The Art of knowing enough”
A third principle I have learned is the importance of good decision-making. In mountain climbing, it is important for the climber to consider the potential risks and hazards involved in each decision, as well as the potential rewards. The climber must also consider their own abilities and limitations, as well as the conditions of the mountain and the weather. It is also important for the climber to be flexible and adaptable, as plans may need to change based on unexpected challenges or changes in the conditions.
Overall, effective decision making in mountain climbing requires a combination of careful planning, good judgment, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Crisis management professionals must also have strong decision-making skills and must be able to assess risks and make decisions under time pressure and uncertanity. Sometimes the mountain cant be climbed…
A fourth principle I have learned is the importance of thorough planning and preparation. When climbing a mountain, it is essential to research the route, gather the necessary supplies, and train for the climb. This requires careful attention to detail and a willingness to anticipate and mitigate potential risks. As the saying goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”📈 Similarly, crisis management professionals must also invest in thorough planning and preparation, including developing crisis management plans, conducting risk assessments, and training their teams.
Understand your capability 💪💤
A fifth principle I have learned is the importance of understanding my own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of my organization. As the saying goes, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” 🗡️ In mountain climbing, it is essential to understand your own limitations and to work within them. Similarly, crisis management professionals must also be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of their organization, in order to respond effectively to a crisis.
Risk and uncertanity ☁️
The sixt principle. In mountain climbing, the principle of risk refers to the idea that there is always some level of danger or uncertainty involved in the activity, and that the mountain climber must be aware of and prepared for these risks. The principle of risk in mountain climbing also involves understanding that it is not possible to eliminate all risks, and that the mountain climber must be willing to accept a certain level of risk in order to pursue their goals. At the same time, the mountain climber must also be aware of their own limits and be prepared to turn back if the risks become too great. Overall, the principle of risk in mountain climbing emphasizes the importance of careful planning, good judgment, and the ability to make informed decisions in the face of uncertainty and danger.
Crisis management professionals must also understand this relationship, and must be able to assess and manage risks in order to minimize the impact of a crisis.
A seventh principle I have learned is the importance of handling uncertainty and creating a situational awareness. In mountain climbing, it is essential to gather information and to be aware of your surroundings in order to make informed decisions. As the saying goes, “The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance.” Be informed and continue to build your situational picture🤦 ♂️Crisis management professionals must also be able to handle uncertainty and to gather information in order to create a situational awareness that will help guide their response to a crisis.
An eighth principle I have learned is the importance of taking initiative. As the saying goes, “He who hesitates is lost.” ⌛ In mountain climbing, it is essential to be proactive and to take initiative in order to respond to changing conditions. Similarly, crisis management professionals must also be willing to take initiative and to be proactive in their response to a crisis.
A ninth principle I have learned is the importance of staying strong and focused, even when facing challenges. As I learned in the military, “The only easy day was yesterday.” 💪 Mountain climbing is a difficult and challenging activity, and it is essential to stay strong and focused to succeed. Similarly, crisis management professionals must also be able to stay strong and focused, even when facing difficult challenges, in order to respond effectively to a crisis. Keeping a calm mindset is crucial.
Clear communication 📢📡👂
A tenth principle I have learned is the importance of clear communication. On a mountain climb, it is essential for team members to communicate effectively with each other in order to coordinate their efforts and stay safe. This requires clear and concise language, as well as the use of nonverbal cues and hand signals. Crisis management professionals can also benefit from clear and effective communication, both within their teams and with external stakeholders such as the media and the public. This is even more important in a hybrid or digital crisis management room.
In conclusion, crisis management professionals can learn a lot from mountain climbers, including the importance of thorough planning and preparation, clear communication, adaptability and flexibility, and teamwork and team dynamics. But also, the risk perspective is useful to understand. By applying these lessons to their work, crisis management professionals can be better equipped to handle the challenges and uncertainties that come with managing crises.