What is in your toolkit for 2020? How to “accidentally” climb a mountain.

Photo by Ashley Jurius on Unsplash

Craig Valentine, one of my speaking mentors always says: “Don’t get ready, stay ready”. How ready are you and your team to grab opportunities in this new decade? What skills do you need in your toolkit to thrive?

Me and my husband had different needs when we travelled to Cape Town. His mission was to get some incredible landscape photography shots, while mine was not only wine-tasting, but also hiking and taking in the scenery.

A friend of mine mentioned that should we visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens(that is at the foothills of Table Mountain in Cape Town), we must definitely do at least a 1 hour hike to some or other dam. She said it was so worth it.

So of we went, intending to picnic, and then do a little “hike”. We had already climbed Chapman’s peak earlier the week.

But, since we are hikers, we are always prepared. We had the right toolkit:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Suntan lotion
  • 1.5 liters of water each
  • Apples
  • Sandwiches

We were both fit. We didn’t need to get ready, we stayed ready. I had been doing Adventure Bootcamp the entire year, while my hubby was running and had just joined the Gym.

We enjoyed the gardens, and then went looking for this little walk, my friend was talking about. And realised, we had started climbing Table mountain! I mentioned to my husband, that we could stop at any moment. We just had to reach that little dam, that my friend spoke about.

And then he turned to me, why don’t we just do it?

As a Leader, how ready are you to make the most of opportunities in business? What do you have in your toolkit?

How fit do you need to be, that if the opportunity present itself to climb a mountain- that you don’t suffer or die in the process, or pass up on it, and live with regrets?

What type of opportunities, could come your way?

  • A keynote address at an industry event.
  • An interview on television or radio.
  • Presenting at a client event.
  • Being interviewed on a Podcast or being featured on a YouTube Channel.
  • Guest writing a book, or publishing an article.

For all of these you need Public speaking and presenting skills, are you ready or do you need to develop that skill?

What does your team need in their toolkit for 2020?

According to the World Economic Forum these are the top 6 skills needed to thrive in 2020.

So what happened you say? We took 5-6 hours to climb all the way to the top of Table Mountain. But what motivated us, was the friends we made, and the promise of a drink at the Cable Cars. We had positive peer pressure and a reward in mind…

leadership, tenacity, Table Mountain
How we “accidentally” climbed Table Mountain.

An African Proverb says:

If you want to go fast, go alone,

if you want to go far , go together.

Choose your team wisely, they will be able to motivate you along the way and when you get there, you can celebrate your achievement.

If you want to fill your leadership toolkit for a new decade, at Y-Connect we can assist you through training, professional speaking or executive coaching. Set up a consultation with us at yokevandam@y-connect.biz

-Written by Yoke van Dam, featured photo of Table Mountain by Ashley Jurius on Unsplash


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    Lovely article – it is always a great reminder to look at what you have available in the toolkit before approaching the new year.

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      Thank you Liz, especially those top 6 skills was quite interesting for us – those all address the human element. It allows humans to stand out and compete against AI.

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