Cathy O Dowd

Cathy O Dowd

1st woman in the world to climb Everest both sides, acclaimed international motivational speaker
Join an expedition with Cathy ODowd as she shares her stories about leading teams and executing plans in high-risk, high-stress environments, while striving for big goals. Learn why plans fail and how teams crumble, and discover the key tools that ensure you will get to the top. Her stories touch on themes of importance to anyone trying to get the best out of people.

Her most popular presentations:
Reaching New Heights! Teamwork & Leadership on the slopes of Mount Everest
Think Like An Explorer - Doing what has never been done before. A new route on an 8000m peak.
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Reaching New Heights! Teamwork & Leadership on the slopes of Mount Everest

Teamwork & Leadership on the Slopes of the Worlds Highest Mountain

Mount Everest: The highest point on Earth, guarded by vast flanks of rock, ice and snow. Of the climbers who tackle this challenge, 75% will fail, one in a hundred will die.

What makes the mountain so difficult? The obvious answers are crevasses, avalanches, blizzards. However, the most dangerous thing you will ever encounter on Everest is people: yourself, your team-mates.

*The Message*
Reaching New Heights draws on the lessons Cathy ODowd learnt from her first Everest expedition. With the focus on finances and logistics, the dynamic of the team was ignored. The team collapsed into conflict from the first day, and three members resigned before even reaching the foot of Everest.
Cathy and her team-mates discovered that there are key obstacles that have nothing to do with the mountain, but there are also overlooked tools that allow the successful 25% to triumph.

*The Result*
This exhilarating speech lets you join Cathy on the adventure. This is a real-world lesson in the reasons for failure and the keys to achievement. Most success speakers dont talk about how wrong it can go, but Cathy shares the ways in which we create our own disasters and shows you how to overcome them, refocusing your team to climb to summit success.
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Think Like An Explorer - Doing what has never been done before

With Everest, the worlds highest mountain, reduced to a queue of commercial clients clipped into a fixed handrail laid out by Sherpas, standing nose to backpack from base camp to the summit, its time for real explorers to step out of the queue and once more tackle the unknown.

Cathy joined a team attempting the Mazeno ridge of Nanga Parbat one of the last great challenges of the high Himalaya. International climbing teams had tried 10 times over three decades and all failed. How would this team be different? And how did they adapt when their plan came up against the complicated, unexpected reality?

Cathy has turned this extraordinary experience into a case-study of the challenges of trying to do what has never been done before. She examines the pitfalls of operating in unpredictable, high-risk environments and identifies the key problems in executing ambitious plans in uncertain environments. Her analysis and solutions will help any strategic planner implement innovative objectives more effectively.

This can be given as an interactive presentation, with the audience voting on the key decisions that face the team.

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