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History Inevitably Runs Deep

History Inevitably Runs Deep

Written by: PH Editor

Hello to all of my dear readers! A few months ago I wrote about how the traditional organisational approach that most of us are familiar with today had its origins in the North American railroad boom ...

17 August
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The way things were, the way things are, and the way things… will be?

The way things were, the way things are, and the way things… will be?

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Hello my dear readers!   I’ve been on the literal and metaphorical road over the past few months, working in various corners of the globe. This week I’m writing to you from the United States and ...

24 May
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On the Death of an Alpinist

On the Death of an Alpinist

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Hello Dear Readers,   One of the downsides of being involved in the mountaineering community is that, as time progresses, the list of people killed in the mountains who you know personally or kno...

03 May
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A Contrarian’s Guide to Organisational Transformation

A Contrarian’s Guide to Organisational Transformation

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Hello Dear Readers, About 18 months ago, I wrote a piece in which I made a somewhat oft-handed prediction that 2016 would be the Year of Innovation and Agility. And for the most part, I reckon I was o...

10 April
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My Summer of Dis/Content

My Summer of Dis/Content

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

This is a 15 minute read, give or take.   Hello Dear Readers, It’s sooooo nice to be able to write to you all again, after somewhat of an extended absence over our southern hemisphere summer! In ...

21 March
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It’s Time to Give 2016 The Finger…

It’s Time to Give 2016 The Finger…

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Hello Good People, Pretty much everyone I speak to at the moment is so over 2016. Everyone seems to be pretty bruised and battered and limping to the supposed finish-line of Christmas. And rightfully...

22 December
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This Is The Most Important Thing I’ve Ever Written

This Is The Most Important Thing I’ve Ever Written

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

*Yes, seriously. And it is rather serious. But just quickly, before we get started on the most important newsletter I’ve ever written, this could be the most important event you’ll attend all year: Wh...

30 September
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On why you might consider employing a Chief Context Officer

On why you might consider employing a Chief Context Officer

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Hello Friends, I’m hoping this newsletter finds you all really well, and doing really good stuff in your lives. How good would that be? If when asked how you’ve been, your response was a joyful “reall...

12 September
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Why our fear of death is (metaphorically speaking) killing us!

Why our fear of death is (metaphorically speaking) killing us!

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Hello Friends, How’s the increased sense of fear out there in the world right now?!? We kinda pondered a similar question a few weeks ago, when we asked, ‘What the f@ck is going on?’. In some ways, th...

01 August
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What the f@ck is going on?!?

What the f@ck is going on?!?

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Hello Friends, Have you found yourself of late asking this question? To yourself, your friends, or perhaps anyone who just happens to be in your remote vicinity? I know I have. Because seriously, it ...

12 July
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Technology Alone is Not the Solution

Technology Alone is Not the Solution

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

But just quickly, before we get started: Are you flying Qantas during the month of June? I did just this week, and lo and behold, look what I discovered on Radio Q—an interview I did with Alan Kohler...

20 June
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Three books that I really think you should read.

Three books that I really think you should read.

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

And just quickly, before we get started: Would you like a digital copy of my nifty little pocket book An Alpinist’s Guide? If that’s a yes, then click on the image below to download it for free. It’s...

06 June
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Beware the insidious and invisible threat of… Goalodicy!!!

Beware the insidious and invisible threat of… Goalodicy!!!

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Beware the insidious and invisible threat of… Goalodicy!!! Or, if you prefer, this alternative title: Why Big Hairy Audacious Goals can sometimes suck! So… hello again Friends. It’s that time of y...

23 May
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The interesting parallel between organisations and… sugar?!?

The interesting parallel between organisations and… sugar?!?

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

Hello Friends, I’ve been on the road a lot over the past few months and in a bunch of different countries, which is both good and bad. It kinda sucks being away from the comfort of your family and fri...

27 April
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An increasingly uncertain and complex world: Why on earth would you bother with parallels between business and mountaineering?

An increasingly uncertain and complex world: Why on earth would you bother with parallels between business and mountaineering?

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

You’ve no doubt seen it before, at a business conference or perhaps a leadership offsite. The ‘motivational’ speaker who has climbed a mountain or two and thinks that their success is relevant to you...

29 March
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The Book

The Book

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

It’s amazing how quickly a timeframe of nine months can roll around, isn’t it? Quite literally nine months ago today I submitted a proposal to international publisher Wiley and Sons for a book about a...

02 March
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The Year of the Alpinist*

The Year of the Alpinist*

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

*yes yes, I know that only a few weeks ago I excitedly proclaimed that 2016 was going to be ‘The Year of Agility and Innovation.’ But that sounded too boring. ‘The Year of the Alpinist’ has a better r...

12 February
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2016: The Year of Agility and Innovation?

2016: The Year of Agility and Innovation?

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

2016: The Year of Agility and Innovation? (or, if you prefer, the Year of Light and Fast)   Goodbye 2015, the Year of Disruption, and Hello 2016, the Year of Agility and Innovation! OK so the abo...

22 December
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Our dialogue around Disruption, Innovation and Agility: what do we actually mean?

Our dialogue around Disruption, Innovation and Agility: what do we actually mean?

Written by: Patrick Hollingworth

“Are we building something a bit better, but not by much, or are we building something entirely new?”   So, one of the main problems with writing a book about the rapid pace of change and the inh...

09 December
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Oh good lord, a newsletter about… team building.

Oh good lord, a newsletter about… team building.

Written by: PH Editor

Oh good lord, a newsletter about… team building. “Unless intended as a purely social activity, traditional team building is a waste of time. “ Today’s piece is a little overdue, but I do ...

25 November
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Goodbye Alpha

Goodbye Alpha

Written by: PH Editor

Goodbye Alpha the Anti-Alpha represents all that is good about humankind Today I would like to introduce you to somebody who I think is going to be very important to us all in the years and decades t...

03 November
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A Movie About Heavy and Slow

A Movie About Heavy and Slow

Written by: PH Editor

Where and Who Do You Learn From? Some of you may have had the chance to check out the Everest movie playing in cinemas at the moment. For the most part, it’s a pretty realistic rendering of what it’s ...

12 October
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Are you playing a finite game, or an infinite one?

Are you playing a finite game, or an infinite one?

Written by: PH Editor

In his book Finite and Infinite Games: A vision of life as play and possibility, James Carse describes two ways in which we can look at our actions in life. Carse describes finite games as those which...

25 September
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Playing with Alpine Style

Playing with Alpine Style

Written by: PH Editor

Study the route, choose your partner, pack only the gear you’ll need, place trust in your systems, and then execute. “Playing with Alpine Style” The changing landscape and our changing re...

11 September
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We’re in a Transition Phase

We’re in a Transition Phase

Written by: PH Editor

As the transition to the VUCA world really starts to gain pace, something to think about is how you are going to manage this transition. There are a few things to think of here. Know that the transiti...

17 August
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Are you “so over change right now”?

Are you “so over change right now”?

Written by: PH Editor

Are you “so over change right now”? If you are, then instead of watching something crappy on TV tonight, read this instead – it’s really important! Over the previous newsletters I’ve been presen...

04 August
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Expedition | Alpine Spectrum

Expedition | Alpine Spectrum

Written by: PH Editor

There’s lots of talk at the moment identifying agility as the remedy to disruption and disintermediation in this VUCA Century, but you’d be excused if you can’t quite put your finger on exactly what a...

28 July
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The Difference Between Expedition Style and Alpine Style for the VUCA Century

The Difference Between Expedition Style and Alpine Style for the VUCA Century

Written by: PH Editor

Whilst the last thing you would do when going Expedition Style is to give in to the elements, it’s actually the first thing you do when going Alpine Style. The Difference Between Expedition Style and ...

08 July
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What will your approach in VUCA be?

What will your approach in VUCA be?

Written by: PH Editor

Rather than might is right, think light is right. Rightio, here we are again! As you’ll see, I’m slowly building a case for a new way of doing things… in a nutshell, it goes something like this: 1. T...

26 June
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Expedition Mindset

Expedition Mindset

Written by: PH Editor

If you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, if you’re curious about your surrounding environment and how it is evolving, and if you’re open to changing the way you’re doing what you’re doing if th...

19 June
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Storm Clouds on the Horizon

Storm Clouds on the Horizon

Written by: PH Editor

“It is now banal in the extreme to say that we are living in a rapidly changing world, and it can be misleading, too. The challenge is to understand how the world is changing, not how fast it is chang...

05 June
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How do you measure the impact of a man?

How do you measure the impact of a man?

Written by: PH Editor

One of the great things about having some time away from work over the Christmas break is of course the opportunity to catch up on a year’s worth of reading! And so it was with some surprise that I di...

14 January
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A Few Words on Ama Dablam

A Few Words on Ama Dablam

Written by: PH Editor

This is an article I recently wrote for Outside Magazine. If you’ve ever walked in to Everest Base Camp, you can’t miss her. Standing like a sentinel above the Sherpa village of Pangboche, Ama Dablam ...

05 November
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In loving memory of a dear friend Ankaji Sherpa 1978-2014

In loving memory of a dear friend Ankaji Sherpa 1978-2014

Written by: PH Editor

Ankaji Sherpa was a colleague beyond compare, a much-loved father of six, and to many people, a very dear friend. He lost his life on Everest on Friday alongside 15 other Sherpa friends in a serac col...

16 September
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What is wrong with Everest?

What is wrong with Everest?

Written by: PH Editor

A recent interview on ABC news, describing some of the problems with the commercialisation of Mount Everest today.   ...

11 September
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How do you want to be remembered?

How do you want to be remembered?

Written by: PH Editor

Two weeks ago I was lucky to be able to duck over to the South Island of New Zealand to take advantage of a high pressure system creating some great climbing conditions in the Southern Alps. I arrived...

26 March
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TEDx Perth

TEDx Perth

Written by: PH Editor

Two weeks ago I got a very last minute call up to speak at the TEDx Perth event. Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading”, TEDx events are designed to give com...

08 November
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Makalu Base Camp Trek Nepal, Himalayas

Makalu Base Camp Trek Nepal, Himalayas

Written by: PH Editor

Are you looking for a challenging adventure for 2014? In April 2014 I’ll be leading a trek in to Makalu Base Camp. Makalu is the 5th highest mountain in the world, and despite being only 20km to...

05 November
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Vale Namygal Sherpa

Vale Namygal Sherpa

Written by: PH Editor

It is with great sadness that I write of the passing of my friend Namygal Sherpa. Although Namygal’s passing occurred in May of 2013 I only learned of it recently. Namygal was guiding a client down fr...

31 October
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