Today, it’s all about communication. That, and mountaineering, because these two things are so intertwined. Well, they will seem to be once you listen to my conversation with our guest Chuck Garcia. Chuck is an executive coach, professor at the Graduate School of Engineering at Columbia University, and a speaker. He worked for many years at Bloomberg, and started before it became the giant financial news and media company that it is today. He has worked very closely with its founder Michael Bloomberg.
Chuck is also an avid mountaineer and this conversation is primarily one around the parallels between mountain climbing and effective communication ? and there are more than you realise. There are so many in fact, that Chuck has written a wonderful, best-selling book on the topic called A Climb to the Top: Communication and Leadership Tactics to Take Your Career to New Heights.
We get into that and much more including:
- How Chuck started his career and the early days at Bloomberg;
- Mountaineering and his expeditions;
- What makes a great leader;
- Some very difficult conversations he had following the 9/11 attacks which tragically claimed the lives of three of Chuck’s colleagues;
- Climbing expeditions to honour fallen colleagues
- The perils of knee-jerk reactions ? both in climbing and communicating;
- Agility versus planning;
- Much more!
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
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