How To Be A Leader Who Climbs The Walls

By Scott Eblin

June 17, 2009

A couple of days ago, I put out a question to my LinkedIn network on the best conferences for plugging in to fresh thinking on innovation and leadership. The answers are still coming in, but so far the overwhelming favorite is the series of conferences known as TED. If you're not familiar with TED, the good news is that the organizers have a very robust web site with dozens of videos of their best speakers online.

I've been spending some time browsing the site and one of my favorites is a four and a half minute clip of advertising exec and expert rock climber Matthew Childs talking about nine lessons he's learned from rock climbing. I'm not a rock climber myself (although I'm very proud of the fact that I've scaled the 40 foot high rock climbing wall at a local sporting goods store. Kind of like staying at a Holiday Inn Express last night.), but I appreciated the applicability of Childs' lessons to leadership in general.

Here are five of my favorites from Childs' TED talk:

The entire talk is worth a look. You can check it out here:


By Scott Eblin

June 17, 2009

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