It was an early start: breakfast at 7am and the first full day of the Homeward Bound program (the expedition part as we've been on the HB journey for 11 months). LA was our MC today, she's the only one not pictured below (far left, sorry for not getting you in shot LA). LA is a LSI coach (and fun, brilliant person), LSI stands for Life Style Inventory and it's part of Human Synergistic's. We had done both a 360 (full profile) on both ourselves (LSI 1) and we had selected 8 people to review us / provide feedback on us (LSI 2) prior to HB. The important thing to note was it was not based on "us" but our leadership style; how did we see ourself, how did others see us? The feedback was vital, as often leadership courses provide the self (LSI 1) option, but rarely do we get anonymous feedback normalized against other leadership profiles. This process (over the space of around 6 months) included us having a 'life coach'. Mine was based in Australia. I'd meet with him (over Zoom) four times in total, usually for about 1.5 hours, and discuss pre-any results, after LSI 1, after LSI 2 and before the journey. These talks were invaluable in having time to reflect and process the huge amount of info and it also gave time to make some adjustments pre-ship and most importantly, to really consider that not everyone is like you, or in the same space as you, and really that's all about respect, for yourself and others.
It made sense then, along with our code-of-conduct (based on feedback from HB2016) that we established some "ground rules" for both the next two days, the ship, and beyond. We were in groups, this is our group making a start. It surprised me that even though we're all different (country, age, background, career stage, etc etc), it's surprising how similar our values are. The ground rules are:
1. Be kind to yourself and others
2. Respect yourself and others
3. Be open and curious
4. Look after yourself and others
5. Have fun
6. Be present and exercise mindfulness
7. Listen to all voices
Lunch was in a hotel, even further up the mountain (nearer the glacier) than we already were! After lunch, we got into groups of 3 and walked together with the aim of getting to know each other in small groups, we had to walk with people we hadn't already spoken to in the last 24 hours and swap groups at the top of the hike (half way). I loved hearing about Helen's PhD project (pictured nearest camera). She is based in Australia, and studies the restorative powers of nature on people and how they perceive nature, focused on rivers in urban areas.
In the afternoon we worked on creating a learning framework and learned about the four perspectives of awareness (1st - person, 2nd - empathy, seeing from the other persons needs 3rd - thinking about feelings, needs, thoughts (meta) 4th - bigger picture, synthesizing new patterns, future landscapes. After 10 hours we were all exhausted - dinner at the hotel then an early night!