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Parallel Peaks: Business Insights While Climbing the World's Highest Mountains by John D. McQuaig

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The Eight Keys: Overview

1. Vision

In climbing a mountain, your vision is fairly clear. You see yourself standing on the summit. Virtually anything short of that is viewed as a failure. Once you start climbing a mountain, all thoughts and objectives are aimed at reaching the summit.

Most high peaks are shrouded in clouds much of the day, so you can’t always see the summit. This was true of Mount Kilimanjaro. Toward the end of the second day of our climb, we saw the mountain for the first time. We had already climbed 7,500 vertical feet, but when the clouds parted, the mountain looked as far away and as high as Mount Rainier looks from Seattle. In short, a long ways away and towering above everything around it! I thought to myself, “I’ll never ...

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