Pick one of these two strategies:
A prudent “siege” ascent. A large number of climbers lug ample supplies up the mountain, distributing them among ever-higher camps to support the lead climbing party.
An aggressive “alpine” style. With limited supplies and backup, a small number of climbers advance quickly. They can take advantage of sudden periods of good weather and reach the top faster than “siege” climbers … if bad luck doesn’t strike. But the risk is far greater.
With today’s emphasis on speed, it’s tempting to overlook risks and move quickly, like an alpine team. Apply these tools to reduce risk to acceptable levels: advice:
- Use state-of-the-art research and information.
- Know inflexible decision-making protocols. Unless such rules are understood and applied strictly, risk increases logarithmically.
— Adapted from Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached Their Summits, Jerry Useem, Crown.
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