Cathy O’Dowd

Climber, Author and InspirationalSpeaker - 1st woman to climb Mount Everest from both sides

Think Like An Explorer – Do what has never been done before.

With Everest, the world’s highest mountain, reduced to a queue of commercial clients clipped into a fixed handrail laid out by Sherpas, standing nose to backpack from base camp to the summit, it’s time for real explorers to step out of the queue and once more tackle the unknown.

The Mazeno ridge of Nanga Parbat – one of the last great challenges of the high Himalaya. International climbing teams had tried 10 times over three decades – and all failed. How would this team be different? And how did they adapt when their plan came up against the complicated, unexpected reality?

Cathy O’Dowd has turned this extraordinary experience into a case-study of the challenges of trying to do what has never been done before. She examines the pitfalls of operating in unpredictable, high-risk environments and identifies the key problems in executing ambitious plans in uncertain environments. Her analysis and solutions will help any strategic planner implement innovative objectives more effectively. Tackle an uncertain world by learning to think like an explorer