For over 30 years, John Amatt has led expeditions to remote regions of Northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China, Greenland and has explored areas of the Arctic on six occasions, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks.
At the age of 20, John spent two weeks lashed to tiny ledges while making the first ever ascent of Europe's highest and steepest mountain precipice - the 5000 foot "Vertical Mile" Troll Wall in Norway. Later in 1981, he was a leader of the 1st Canadian mountaineering expedition to Western China, which made a lightweight ascent of 24,757 foot Mount Muztagata - the highest peak in the world to have been ascended and descended entirely on skis.
John then fulfilled a lifelong dream by organizing and taking part in Canada's first successful expedition to reach the top of the world - the 29,035 foot summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.
After a career of 30 years, John is one of the world’s most successful adventure speakers. He uses the lessons learned from his own life-and-death adventures in the world’s most remote places to articulate down-to-earth strategies for meeting the challenges of change in corporate and professional life
An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond World Wide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,800 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 1,000,000 people in 44 countries around the world.
His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others.
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- “NO MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH": Challenging Change With the Adventure Attitude
John Amatt knows about tough times and the value of struggle in bringing out the best in teams of people! After all, he was a leader of an Everest expedition, which suffered four tragic deaths in two unpredictable accidents before putting six climbers on top of the world. His experience on Everest taught him about the danger of falling into the trap of complacency and the importance of always questioning the status quo in seeking new ways of adapting to a rapidly changing world. John’s mission in going to Everest was to place one of his team on top of the world’s highest mountain. In his own words,"It didn’t matter who reached the summit, because we believed that when one person stood on the highest point, the whole team had achieved the goal”
- STRAIGHT TO THE TOP AND BEYOND: Nine Keys for Meeting the Challenge of Changing Times
In Straight to the Top and Beyond, John Amatt, mountain climber and C.E.O. uses the metaphor of adventure - climbing Mount Everest - to articulate an innovative strategy for addressing the challenges of a rapidly-changing world. He believes that to succeed in the 21st century, we must learn to be risk takers; to become visionary and adventurous in dealing with the new social, political, and economic environments in which we will be forced to live. Straight to the top and Beyond is a fascinating account of the author's climb to the peak of Mount Everest; it is also a call to businessmen and women to become adventurers; to seek out difficulty and to stretch their potential.