Aim High! - Atte Miettinen


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Atte Miettinen, who completed his MBA at LBS has recently accomplished another life long goal – climbing the ‘Seven Summits’ - the highest mountain on each continent. In this presentation he shares some of the images of his adventure and provides an insight as to what’s required to reach the top of the world. Watch the video footage of the presentation at:

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Aim High! - Atte Miettinen

  1. 1. Aim High! Atte Miettinen25 October 2012
  2. 2. Me• 36 years• MBA, London Business School• Four start-up’s in it / telecoms• Lived abroad for +10 years: USA, Singapore, Denmark, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates• Done business in approx. 50 countries• Curiosity taken to all seven continents and almost 100 countries• Desire to test my limits: marathons, scuba diving, mountaineering• 22.06.2012: first Finnish Seven Summits
  3. 3. Seven Summits• Kilimanjaro, Tanzania• Elbrus, Russia• Mount Kosciuszko, Australia (Bass List)• Carstensz Pyramid, Indonesia (Messner List)• Vinson Massif, Antarctica (November 2011)• Cerro Aconcagua, Argentina (December 2011)• Mount Everest, Nepal (March-May 2012)• Denali / Mount McKinley, USA (June 2012)
  4. 4. What’s required toreach the top of the world?
  5. 5. Setting Goals
  6. 6. Setting Goals• Everyone has their own mountain• No-one inherits ambition – you have to find it inside you!• Goals need to be challenging but realistic• Readiness to make sacrifices• If there’s no passion, a rational person will give up• Desire vs. obsession• First step is often the most difficult one
  7. 7. Preparation
  8. 8. Preparation  Right skills  Right physical andRecognise the mental preparation key success factors!  Right people / team  Right tools  Right attitude
  9. 9. Right Skills
  10. 10. Right Skills
  11. 11. Right Physical Preparation
  12. 12. Right Mental Preparation
  13. 13. Right Mental Preparation• Start with the end-goal in mind – no shortcut to the top• Resolve / long-term approach• Readiness to make sacrifices• Positive confidence vs. arrogance• Recognising risk – margins of error are small and consequences are often dire• Scenario planning and ability to adapt when needed
  14. 14. Right Mental Preparation
  15. 15. Right People / Team
  16. 16. Right Tools
  17. 17. Right Attitude• Positive thinking – I can do this!• Team approach – we’ll succeed as a team, by supporting each other• Be ready to learn• Tolerance for discomfort as well as uncertainty - surprises are part of life• Fear is a healthy feeling, but it should not impact decision making!• High morals / ethics
  18. 18. Execution
  19. 19. Execution  YouRecognise the  Teamwork key success  Uncontrollable elements factors!  Risk management  Balance
  20. 20. You• Right attitude / positive thinking• Resolve / persistence – mountaineering, like business, is about long-term focus• Split the end goal into smaller objectives• Ability to learn from your mistakes• Recognition of stress and ability to deal with it• Judgment – ability to objectively evaluate situations and make rational decisions
  21. 21. The human capacity ismuch bigger than webelieve!
  22. 22. Teamwork
  23. 23. Teamwork• Everyone’s A-type personalities / naturally competitive• Succeed as a team = succeed as an individual• Positive attitude / looking after team spirit• Speak the same language• Supporting / helping teammates• Trust / be reliable• Conscious avoidance of unnecessary conflicts• How can I help the team to succeed?
  24. 24. Uncontrollable Elements
  25. 25. Uncontrollable Elements• Mountains, just like customers / markets are often unpredictable!• Important that mental preparation has been sufficient – on mountains you cannot control everything• Patience / results are only measured at the end of the season• Right timing is critical for success• A successful expedition always requires a bit of luck
  26. 26. Risk Management
  27. 27. Risk Management• Starts already during preparation e.g. right people / team and right tools• Positive attitude but critical thinking• Don’t assume or guess• Seek to identify potential risks in advance• Scenario planning• Fear is a healthy feeling, but should not impact decisions making
  28. 28. Balance
  29. 29. Dealing with Success andFailure
  30. 30. Dealing with Success andFailure• Success on mountains is never guaranteed e.g. on everest more than half of climbers return home unsuccessful• However, returning home with all your fingers and toes intact is always a sign of a successful expedition• Failures teach you most about yourself and others!• The price of success should not be too high
  31. 31. The price of success shouldnot be too high – you needto be ready to say no when that’s the right choice!
  32. 32. Thank You!
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