If you want your business to Climb High, are you prepared to Go Low to get there?

If you’re striving to sustain growth or want to get more colleagues up the mountain with you, you may be ready to go beyond being effective to leading and influencing others. It’s not easy and requires developing comfort with discomfort. Should you want help, the Ripple Affect would be honored to guide you using our independent approach for developing Strategic Alignment, Affective Leaders and Meaningful Impact.

When I told the first dozen people I named my consulting practice the Ripple Affect, they all responded with a sound – not a hmmm? in confusion, but a declarative hehh!   Something clicked.  Yet when I began handing out business cards, people looked at me like, ‘poor dear, effect is spelled wrong.’ 

There’s something predictable about dropping a pebble in water and see it ripple. It’s simple, like changing your shoes, and it fades fast.  What’s not simple is building organizations that are leaders in their fields and solve complex problems. 

Are the waters of your organization muddied because the flat sandy bottom get kicks up with every change?  Or does your organization have great depth and distinctive subsurface features like mountains and deep currents that bring high-nutrient marine life to the shallows where all can access this rich diversity? 

After my recent trek in Nepal up to Everest Base Camp (17,500 feet), I was taken by the similarities between my below-the-surface business approach and mountaineering.  Each day, after we reached the tea house where we would overnight, and had some food or rest, we would then ‘enjoy’ an acclimatizing hike. These extra few hundred or 1,000 vertical feet brought with them the most lightheadedness of the day.  Then we’d go back down to the tea house and sleep at a lower elevation. 

In mountaineering they say, Climb high, sleep low. 

The next day, it was much easier to regain the same elevation from the prior afternoon and climb even higher. Was it easy, no?  Comfortable, definitely not.  It wasn’t painful, though, just uncomfortable.  And it was definitely worth the discomfort to be at 12,000 feet, looking through red, yellow and green prayer flags at 22,349 Ama Dablam with its distinctive double summit framed by cobalt blue skies.  Or seeing the black and white top of Everest as I trudged up the lower portion of Kalapathar and back down to sleep at our highest tea house in Gorakshep (16,942). 

Days like these change you. 

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