Kit Jackson is a global strategy map leading expert. She runs companies and in her spare time, like the rest of the dedicated faculty (pictured above, except Hayley - she's paid), she volunteers her time to the Homeward Bound program. She was on the ship last year but this year we get a day and a half of personal strategy maps (i.e. intensive) with Kit before we depart.
Well to be honest, I knew companies had strategy maps but I didn't know there was such a thing as a personal strategy map. These things looks terrifying, all planned out, across the three pillars 'relationships', 'self' and 'work' with things like 'vision' and 'mission statements' - seemed impossible!! Luckily this was going to be a three week work-in-progress. We started with value cards. These were as you'd imagine, a pack of cards with a bunch of values written out; there were quite a lot of them, maybe 100. We found a space, spread them all out and then ranked them into the three categories on how important they were to us personally, in order, top 10 values for relationships, self and work. I'll share my top value for each; relationships - sharing, self - integrity, work - purpose. This was all part of a personal strategy sprint, including interviewing each other on 'why' we applied for HB (and other tough-to-eloquently answer questions). Perhaps more questions than answers at this stage!
Just like that, it was 6pm and we were meeting our expedition leader. If you have never heard of Greg Morimer, let me introduce you: He's Australian, fearless and has infectious enthusiasm for all things adventure. He's also won the Medal for the Order of Australia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Mortimer. Here he is explaining the Drake Passage (tomorrow).
I'll leave you with the words of Greg "Once you come to Antarctica, Antarctica never leaves you"
I didn't know what that really meant a month ago, this blog won't capture it, but at least it may give you a small glimpse.
Now I feel mostly anxiety about the Drake Passage, will I be able to repack my backpack, who will I be sharing a cabin with and why won't the hotel wifi work well so i can get all my last minute goodbyes done? Tomorrow Antarctica, beyond excited.