What Mountain Biking and Leadership Share in Common

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What Mountain Biking and Leadership Share in Common

I have always enjoyed riding a bike. I suppose it's the result of being half-Dutch, a people whom are amongst the most prolific cyclers in the world with 36% of people saying biking is their primary form of transportation. I wish it was my main form of transportation but the Greater Vancouver area is not planned with the cyclist in mind regardless the good intentions of local politicians. However, near-by are some of the best mountain bike trails in the world. The Whistler Bike Park is the best of the best. People from all around the world travel to Whistler to have a thrill like no other. This year, my daughter and I decided we would want to experience the park. We were very accustomed to riding the coulees of Alberta where we had lived for many years, but this year, having now moved to Vancouver, we would see what Whistler Bike Park was all about. We were not disappointed as the park, and what it has to offer, far exceeded my expectations. But we were a bit unprepared.

What Mountain Biking and Leadership Share in Common |

Our bikes, though very well built (Kona hard tails), are better suited for trail rides. We really needed full suspension on our bikes. Despite being July, it was cool thus I was not dressed for the conditions. I lacked proper padding for safety. My helmet should have been a full face-mask and I lacked basic tools (such as a multi-tool) and equipment for such things as a flat tire. In other words I could have prepared more. Though I did a great deal to organize the trip including watching endless hours of Youtube videos of people going down the mountain, just a little bit more preparation would have been most beneficial.

This is where mountain biking and leadership share a common trait. Preparation matters! Often the people that I coach and give leadership seminars to will describe a situation that they are encountering. A mountain of an issue if you will. They could see the mountain but they only prepared minimally thus the experience they faced could have been better than it was. It doesn't take much to prepare. A few calls to knowledgable people and scanning the internet can yield huge preparation results. But more than that, it provides knowledge about what you are about to face. It's as if you have face this mountain before when you prepare well.

What Mountain Biking and Leadership Share in Common |

This last week I was coaching a young man who is a minister in another province. He is facing a very large mountain, one that could perhaps cost him his job, though it is no fault of his own. Regardless the outcome for him of whether he keeps his job or looses it, he is preparing to face the mountain with a maturity I rarely see in men many years older than he. He has been studious of the issues, sought not only my coaching but the council of others and most importantly, his attitude is one that recognizes that despite how scary it is to go down the mountain that it can be fun and yeaild great results. He sees the benefit of the mountain he faces.

So face your mountain, prepare for it and enjoy the ride!