Don’t get buried at work. Take an avalanche training course. I am not an extreme skier and I hope to never use any of the skills and knowledge gained but it was well worth it.
This week I started my new job working for Tabapay as the Vice President of Business Development. Thanks to all of you for your well wishes on LinkedIn. Right before starting I relaxed and prepared for my new role by training to either avoid or survive an avalanche.
So let's digger deeper, into my avalanche training course in the backcountry given by another fantastic startup; Bluebird Backcountry. What I learned will not just hopefully keep me from getting buried alive, but help Tabpay thrive in the mission to deliver the best instant payment processing technology for fintechs. I learned how to find a buried skier with my beacon and probe and dig them out. I learned how to dig snow pits and test the stability of the snowpack.
But, by far, the most valuable lesson I got from the course work and field training was about teamwork. Teamwork is The biggest factor to success or failure and literally, life and death in the backcountry are the people you chose for your team and how they work together.
So choosing the people you decide to go into backcountry or battle with is paramount for your success. You must Create an environment for mutual trust, open discussions, and a safe place for everyone to voice the support or question to an idea or decision are critical.
Similarly, great companies have great leaders that know how to build great teams. Leaders don’t just make decisions for others. They share wisdom, allow assumptions to be challenged, and strive for decision by consensus where everyone buys into the goal and the strategy for getting there!
In the backcountry, the team you choose and the decisions you make are literally a matter of life and death. In business, they will determine both the success of the company and the fulfillment you get for showing up for work each day.
What I learned will not just hopefully keep me from getting buried alive, but help Tabpay thrive in the mission to deliver the best payment processing technology for fintechs. So, I am excited to be part of the Tabapay team.
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