Published 09/28/12

Simulated Everest climb teaches leadership, team dynamics

Companies such as FedEx, The Hartford, and Union Pacific offer some of their leaders the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest. But the trek does not require specialized gear: It's a virtual exercise co-created by Professor of Management Michael Roberto.

Training magazine interviewed Roberto about Leadership and Team Simulation: Everest V2,  which draws inspiration from Roberto’s research on the failures of a May 1996 Mt. Everest climb that resulted in the death of five mountaineers. "The simulation aims to teach leadership and team dynamics," the magazine reported.  “I’ve found that when you take executives out of the usual business setting, it’s very compelling for them,” Roberto told the publication. “We wanted something focused on team dynamics and leading teams. We wanted to do something different, so we could measure performance.”

Training magazine is a 100,000-circulation publication for senior management and human resource professionals.

 

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