John Amatt

  • Everest Expedition Leader
  • Author of Straight to the Top and Beyond

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 team, 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 succeeding in a rapidly changing world. He is the perfect speaker to assist your team in navigating through the turmoil of today’s global economic crisis.

 
  

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted John Amatt
  • Air Canada
  • American Optometric Association
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Million Dollar Round Table
  • Famous 5 Foundation
  • Libbey Owens Ford
  • American Express Financial Advisors Inc.
  • MetLife
  • American Management Systems, Inc.
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Climbing Your Own Everest: What it Takes to Get to the Top

This is John Amatt's most popular presentation, which explores the metaphor of striving to reach the top of the world. Illustrated by magnificent color photography from his successful expedition which climbed Everest, and supplemented by music, sound effects, and taped radio conversations, this pres ...

This is John Amatt's most popular presentation, which explores the metaphor of striving to reach the top of the world. Illustrated by magnificent color photography from his successful expedition which climbed Everest, and supplemented by music, sound effects, and taped radio conversations, this presentation investigates the qualities we must all bring to bear in climbing to the top in the difficult and unpredictable economic and social environments of 21st Century.

Straight to the Top and Beyond: Nine Keys for Meeting the Challenge of Changing Times

The metaphor of adventure is the perfect vehicle for articulating the strategy that will help business leaders address the challenges of our rapidly changing world. The key to future successes will be to develop the Adventure Attitude™ philosophy - a pro-active approach based upon the followin ...

The metaphor of adventure is the perfect vehicle for articulating the strategy that will help business leaders address the challenges of our rapidly changing world. The key to future successes will be to develop the "Adventure Attitude"™ philosophy - a pro-active approach based upon the following acronym: A- Adaptability D- Desire & Determination V- Vision & Values E- Experience N- Natural Curiosity T- Teamwork & Trust U- Unlimited Optimisim R- Risk & Ability E- Exceptional Performance Straight to the Top and Beyond will motivate your staff to embrace new opportunities in a changing world, to open up their minds to new realities, and to develop the "Adventure Attitude"™ strategies that will be the key to success in the future.

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Biography

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.  

More recently, John 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. 

An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide 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.

In his latest book, Straight to the Top and Beyond, he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments.