Kenton Cool: Setting goals to achieve success

Published:  16 June, 2017

Kenton Cool, a leading high-altitude climber who has successfully reached the top of Mount Everest a staggering 12 times, got the BMF All-Industry Conference in Budapest off to an inspiring start.

The first man to climb Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse in one season, Kenton used his moment at the highest place on earth to highlight to delegates the importance of leadership and teamwork skills in the workplace.

Working with amateurs who want to climb Everest, Kenton has a resilient manner and says that he tells his clients that they have to set a clear goal early on if they are to successfully climb the mountain.

“Setting a goal right from the start is vital because if you don’t set one, you won’t accomplish what you originally set out to achieve,” he told the industry.

According to Kenton, for someone to be successful, they have to have a vision and believe that they can achieve their end goal. “The main reason why people don’t reach the top of the summit is because they don’t believe that they can do it in the first place,” he said.

“Everything you do in life is full of obstacles, but it’s about being bold and implementing change, which will enable you to ultimately reap the rewards,” Kenton told delegates. One way a company can achieve this, he said, is by having an “A-class team around them, who not only shares the same vision, but who are also strong, knowledgeable and agile”.

While some may see failure as being negative, Kenton believes that it is one step towards success. He told the audience: “You have to experience failure to improve on things. Change is a necessity and by adjusting your method of work, and pushing the boundaries of what you can do, things will improve.”

Adhering to a ‘turnaround’ time is also something that companies must implement and improve on if they are to be successful and compete with competitors, Kenton highlighted. He said: “Complacency has no place in business. Don’t think because where you are today, you will be there tomorrow.”

In conclusion to Kenton’s presentation, he provided the audience with a number of tips to bring successful teams together. His six points are:

  • Ability to adapt to the changing environment
  • The importance of setting clear goals
  • Taking personal responsibility (know the consequences)
  • Understanding how others work
  • Clear communication
  • Seamless execution.

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