Look after the environment to create the conditions for success

Why do some company projects go perfectly according to plan, while others encounter unexpected difficulties?

Why do certain change actions have an immediate impact, while others have difficulty in gaining traction, in triggering real transformations that are internalised in all levels of society?

Why do some people reach their goals, while others are discouraged by complexity and give up?

These are the questions that a change management consulting company asks itself every day. These are the questions that M4810 is based on as a tool for training the mindset.

There is only one compass that guides us, a simple but fundamental concept: the best way to create the conditions for success is to look after the environment.

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A fertile ground is the conditio sine qua non for any fruit to come to life, to blossom and grow, and it’s just as true for people – for families, organisations, companies, or projects.

M4810, even before having gained its value as a mindset boot camp through each activity that allows the consultants to measure themselves (training, getting out of the comfort zone, challenges, etc.), finds its intrinsic motivation in being an experiment in change management.

It’s the result, or the motivation, of a company culture that welcomes challenges, leaves room for experimentation, and supports proactivity. And that experiments new techniques and innovative theories on itself first. This is the Methodos way.

Organisations have to first look after their company culture in an ampler way than usual: not just fostering a sense of belonging or commitment, but also empowering talent, innovation, experimentation. This is what makes way for change. 

With M4810 we are all nurturing ourselves with powerful energy.

It’s the energy that comes from the strength of the group and the stimulus of doing something unique with our colleagues, from the personal challenge and the resources to welcome it, from the possibility to find our pace, but to take part in a single, big, smoothly running machine. This energy will diffuse into our daily lives.

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But how do we feed it? Through a virtuous circle of do ut des: empowering people so that they can value their work, giving them something that they feel will better them and help them grow, allowing the necessary freedom for them to be proactive, and offering more than we receive. Only this will help us put the circle in motion.

M4810 is an ambitious challenge – it requires a lot and it gives a lot.

Each participant can freely choose what they’re willing to take and to give, but the balance is found in offering elements that stimulate the environment, even in a very practical way.

The CAI (Italian Alpine Club) membership allows us to experience the mountains freely, even autonomously, but always safely.

The medical visits and the various health analyses give each participant the basic data to begin their training.

And the Garmin gadgets help them monitor it.

The diary, on the other hand, is for gathering not just objective data, but also subjective data.

And the intense, sincere feedback sessions at the end of each outing ensure that the change comes from the bottom, and isn’t imposed from the top.

All of these are materialised forms of constant stimuli to change – the ultimate organisational objective. 

If it’s true that leaders are the figures of a company that are responsible for creating an environment where people are able to give the best of themselves, to support them, we must be the first to act. As much in our offices as at high altitudes.

The journey

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Mont Fallère

Methodos - M4810 - Mont Fallère

It is the first peak over 3.000m of our project

Mont Fallère is found in the Grand Combin Alps in the Aosta Valley.

Found between the Gran San Bernardo Valley and the Valdigne, it’s a great introduction to the magical world of the 3000s. Mont Fallère, situated in the heart of the Aosta valley, proposes a 360° panorama of all the Aosta valley peaks. Its layout is not the be underestimated, but overall it doesn’t present great difficulties, even if we need to be really careful in the final part of the ridge.

We go up in two stages: the first day up to the Fallère Hut; the second day we arrive at the summit and then we go down to the valley.

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Pointe Lechaud

Our first alpinistic climb to a summit

Pointe Léchaud (3.128m) is located along the borderline between Italy (Valle d'Aosta) and France (Savoy).

It is located south of the Col de la Seigne (2.512m) between the Veny Valley and the Savoy Valley of the Glaciers.

We climb in two stages: on the first day we walk from La Visaille to the Elisabetta Soldini Hut (2.195m); on the second day up to the top and back to La Visaille.

From the hut we go up to the Col Chavannes (2.603m); from the hill we have to leave the marked path that begins to descend into the Chavannes valley, following a path on the right that crosses the very steep eastern slope of Mount Lechaud. The trail continues on the right, again not far from the crest of Mount Lechaud and crosses a small valley of stones or snow, reaching the wide basin where the Chavannes Glacier is located. Once we have put on crampons, we set foot on the glacier going diagonally to the left. From this point we gradually turn to the right pointing directly to the top, which can be reached by overcoming some easy rocky steps. What we see is a vast and spectacular panorama on the Italian side of Mont Blanc.

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Vallée Blanche

Methodos - M4810 - Vallée Blanche

Crossing the Gigante glacier towards the Aiguille du Midi

Although it may seems like a "scenic walk", the Vallée Blanche should not be underestimated, as it is an itinerary that involves crossing the Gigante glacier. It is always necessary to be accompanied by an Alpine Guide who knows the itinerary very well and knows how to avoid the dangers.

We go up by cable car to Punta Helbronner (3.462m), we wear harnesses and crampons and we tie ourselves together.

The first section makes us lose altitude and then we start to climb towards the Aiguille du Midi. The last section includes the ascent of the snow-covered ridge of the Aiguille du Midi, reaching 3.842m.

The return is with the panoramic cable car which takes us back to Punta Helbronner.

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Gran Paradiso

Methodos - M4810 - Gran Paradiso

The Gran Paradiso is the only mountain over 4000m that is fully on Italian territory

The Gran Paradiso is the only mountain over 4000m that is fully on Italian territory. A classic and fascinating climb: after a first part on ice, to be able to reach the peak marked by a statue of the Virgin Mary, you must pass some simple rocky crossings.

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Monte Rosa

Methodos - M4810 - Monte Rosa

2 full-immersion days of technical alpine skill training on Monte Rosa

The Monte Rosa is a mountain range that is found in the Pennine Alps, along the watershed line between Italy (on the border of the Aosta valley and Piedmont) and Switzerland. It gives name to the Monte Rosa Alps supergroup, which in turn is composed of various important groups and subgroups, east of the Cervino and south-east of the Mischabel range. It is the most extended range in the Alps, and second in height after the Mont Blanc. It is the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second in Italy, and has the highest average height, containing 9 of the 20 highest peaks of the chain.

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Monte Bianco

Methodos - M4810 - Monte Bianco

Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco in Italian) is a mountain situated in the North-occidental Alps, in the Graian Alp range, on the watershed line between the Aosta valley (val Veny and val Ferret in Italy), and Haute-Savoie (the Arve valley in France), in the territories of Courmayeur and Chamonix, which give name to the Mont Blanc Massif, belonging to the subsection of the Mont Blanc Alps.

It’s 4808,72m (the last official measure was taken September 13, 2017) make it the highest mountain in the Alps, in Italy, in France, and in general in Europe if we exclude the Caucuses. This is why it’s called the King of the Alps. It shared a spot on the list of the highest Seven Summits with Mount Elbrus in the Caucuses.

Primarily granite full of peaks and crests, cut by deep glacial valleys, it is internationally renowned for its climbing and, from a historical point of view, the birth of mountaineering coincides with its first ascent: August 8, 1786.