Leadership Lessons From Meru

A Reel Leadership Article

Meru documents the first successful ascent of Meru Peak’s Shark Fin route. This ascent was accomplished by three climbers. These climbers are Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk.

This documentary felt a lot like the recent documentary Free Solo which chronicled Alex Hannold’s attempt to be the first person to free solo El Capitan. Both movies showed men doing feats that were thought to be impossible.

Man climbing Meru

Meru is a big-wall climb. Many elite climbers have tried and failed to ascend to the summit over the last 30 years. This movie documents the first ever successful climb.

Today, we’re going to look at Meru the movie and see what we can learn about leadership. As I sat and watched the movie, I was awed by the leadership lessons in Meru. I think you will be as well.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Disney’s Pocahontas

A Reel Leadership Flashback Article

Disney’s Pocahontas released in 1995 and is an animated romantic musical. Yeah, that’s quite the mix but Disney’s formula works for Pocahontas.

What Disney's Pocahontas can teach about leadership

Telling the story of the American Indian Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) and Captain John Smith (Mel Gibson), you see how two worlds can collide. Pocahontas comes from an American Indian tribe. John Smith arrives on a ship looking for gold. The Indian tribe were a fairly peaceful people. The people John Smith arrived with were ready to kill the savages.

Worlds collide. Love blossoms. And leadership lessons abound.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Disney’s Pocahontas

1. Great leaders earn respect:

There were two leaders on the Susan Constant, Captain John Smith and Governor Ratcliff (David Ogden Stiers). The Governor expected and demanded respect from the crew. On the other hand, Captain John Smith earned the respect of the crew.

4 Ways Complacency Will Damage Your Organization

Every leader wants to see their organizations become successful. There’s a problem that comes along with success:

Complacency

That’s when you reach a level of self-satisfaction accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. You no longer feel that urgent need to be on top of things.

Don't let complacency kill your organization

This is a scary place to be. You’re satisfied with where you are. You no longer pay attention to the dangers surrounding you. You’re vulnerable and don’t even know it.

How do I know this? Because I was there. Recently in fact.

One of my responsibilities is to maintain our system network and it’s backups. I’d checked and rechecked our system backups. They were good.

Then I stopped checking. That’s when things got bad. A perfect storm hit.

First, I was told we may have been infected with a virus. I checked and confirmed this. We were hit with the Locky ransomware.

Sitting May Be Killing You

The latest health warning has been that sitting all day is bad for you. So bad, that they’re saying sitting may be killing you!

That’s a tough pill to swallow as most people spend a large amount of their day sitting behind a desk at work or driving back and forth to different work locations.

But that’s not the sitting I want to talk about today. There’s another type of sitting that is killing you (and your dreams).

From birth, we don’t really live but we are slowly dying. Every day we step closer to death. It’s a fact of life.

Death is chasing us. And we’re sitting there, waiting for death to catch us most days.

Instead of pursuing God’s design for our lives and living a life of purpose, we find ways to hide.

What I Want

You guys are special. You constantly amaze me with the insights you share in the comments and your thirst to grow as leaders.

It makes me glow with pride, not for myself but for you! You guys are rocking it.

What I want

That’s why I want to share what I want for each and every one of you who reads my blog.

I want you to reach a level of success that balances work and play

I want you to discover friends who are willing to hold you accountable

I want you to go hard after your dreams

I want you to have a family that loves and cares for you

I want you to love and care for others

I want you to live a life worth living

I want you to be a positive influence on those around you