Climber, Adventurer, World-Class Filmmaker
With more than 30 years of leading teams up to the summit of Mount Everest—the world’s highest peak—David Breashears has established himself as an expert on leadership in extraordinary, dynamic environments. An accomplished team leader in both film and adventure, Breashears combines his skills in climbing and filmmaking to bring audiences to earth’s most extraordinary and dangerous places, and accomplishing remarkable feats in the process, including transmitting the first live television pictures from the summit of Mount Everest. Read More >
Filming Mt. Everest: Triumph of the Human Spirit
Climbing Mt. Everest, Then Filming the View
David Breashears’s leadership presentation is based on 25 years of real-life frontline experience as a widely traveled mountaineer, adventurer, and filmmaker. In telling the story of the now infamous 1996 tragedy on Mount Everest, Breashears dramatically recounts the vision, courage, and passion that led to his team reaching the summit on May 23, 1996 despite insurmountable odds. His multimedia presentation includes breathtaking and rarely seen images from his IMAX Everest expedition. Breashears has said that if there is a lesson to be learned from the tragedy, it is that success was not only being the world’s first IMAX team to film on Everest’s summit, it was also that everyone on his team returned safely from the mountain.
His years of arduous work on the unforgiving slopes of Earth’s highest peak have taught speaker David Breashears that the precepts to success are Disciplined Leadership, Disciplined Thought, and Disciplined Action. These are interdependent on one another for success. Disciplined leaders engage in a disciplined thought process when choosing their team and designing a multidimensional, flexible plan that provides options. Occasionally the environment for which the plan was devised is not the environment to which the plan unfolds. Disciplined Action is required because the plan is only as valuable as the team’s ability to execute it. Without Disciplined Action and reliance on Disciplined Thought and Disciplined Leadership, great summits are rarely achieved.
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