Riding the Avalanche

Motivation for Business that have been Reorganized, Merged or Downsized

At 31, Tom Whittaker was coaching a nationally ranked rugby team, climbing extreme rock and ice and redefining the possible in a kayak on whitewater rivers in the wilds of Canada and the US. In a matter of seconds, all this changed. With destroyed knees, broken legs and an amputated foot, Tom had to reinvent himself.

It would have been too easy for Tom Whittaker to make excuses and settle for less. Instead of focusing on what he had lost, he focused on what he still had. Whittaker was determined to rebuild himself as a more focused and potent individual than he had been before the accident. Tom Whittaker's journey took him from a 'never walk again' prognosis to stand on the summit of the most unforgiving mountain on earth. Going to the mountain, Whittaker knew that one person perishes for every six successful summit bids. He also knew that for Westerners, the probability of success is one in thirty. In other words, you are five more times likely to perish that you are to succeed in your goal. However, rather than daunting him, he went to this mountain three times spending a total of six months in its icy clasp. Finally his persistence and focus paid off!

Topics Include:

  • Courage
  • Accountability
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Teamwork
  • Adding value to the vision
  • Overcoming fear
  • Creating an environment for success