This group really doesn’t stop surprising. Even before being in the mountains, I realise this on the occasion of a feedback session on the previous outing and preparation for the next.
I’m surprised for many reasons, but above all for how the elements confronted are collected and analysed with scientific precision. Nothing is left to chance, exactly how it is in a client’s Change Management project: the elements of satisfaction and dissatisfaction are analysed, studied, and evaluated. Corrections are made, and lessons are learned. The destination is clear, there is no deviation if not to improve the journey.
And it’s obvious after the first outing that this method works. The graphs that the projector displays in the shadows of the office, scream “victory!” On the question “how much do you want to continue this adventure?” the score bar practically goes through the screen! The last time, most of the anonymous votes were dispersed among the median scores. It’s clear that the spirit of the challenge and the will to do it are overtaking the difficulty and the fear.
But the next graph says it fully: “how prepared do you think you are for the next phases?” The result is the opposite: more votes went towards the lower end of the scores this time.
A problem? No, it’s something else altogether. They all begin to understand that it’s serious: the next step won’t be just a walk, and from now on each outing will be a bigger challenge for the body and the mind. The first peak awaits us: we will try to reach the top of the Mont Fallère, surpassing 3000 metres. For most of the people present, it’s the first time at this height. If you add that after the peak there will be a long, exposed crest, with chains and via ferrata equipment, we can understand that this phase will be very different from the previous ones.
And, in fact, even the next graphs demonstrate that this is clear to everyone: most people have started to train or have intensified what they were already doing, and 94% of them feel much more aware of what it means to be in the mountains.
Let’s say that when the game gets hard… Methodos starts to play. And the feeling this time is of having a real group of mountaineers here. Also because, from now on, they will be branded like a real team, with the best technical mountain equipment that there is: Salewa, the sponsor, has sent the material!
They’re beautiful, and excited whispers trickle through the audience while a metaphoric handing over of equipment takes place. “The adventure starts here”, is the phrase that accompanies its passing from one hand to another. Shivers.
Coloured jackets, beautiful backpacks, walking sticks so light that they seem fake, and so much more comes out of the packs. One thing more beautiful than the last, materials whose quality can be felt as we touch them. All the items are branded with the project’s graphics: the Methodos logo, the M4810 one, or the characteristic red line that represents the journey towards the summit of the Mont Blanc. You feel part of something bigger just looking at them!
We’re really ready now. And the fear? A little but will always remain. But by now they’ve all learned to laugh despite it. The comments are getting more sarcastic and funny, like saying “we’ve gotten so far, it’ll be hard but will overcome this one too.” And it’s true: as such a close-knit group, they can really face anything.
But the fear should also be faced, and it’s done with knowledge. For this reason, the meeting proceeds with some symbols of safety in the mountains. Being prepared and knowing how to behave in case of need is fundamental when we face something new, and the interest can be seen in the eyes of the team as they follow the slides. They really want to be prepared, of conquering the summit of the Mont Fallère.
The question is, will it allow itself to be conquered?