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Cathy O’Dowd: Climbing to the Top with Teamwork

And She Spoke

Today’s guest is South African mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd, the first woman to climb Mount Everest from both sides. Her many Himalayan expeditions have provided her with extensive experience with individuals and teams, facing stress, risk, and overwhelming challenge. Pre-COVID, she shared insights with corporate audiences all over the world through story-driven expedition case studies. Post-COVID, she has had to shift her business online like many of us and is grateful that she lives in Andorra in the Pyrenees Mountains, where she can hike every day and run her business from her phone on the side of a mountain. In this candid interview, Cathy shares some of her silver linings from the pandemic, what led her to become a mountain climber, and some of the tragic circumstances of her first Everest expedition.Tuning in, you’ll find out why she believes in teamwork over the competition, opportunities over achievements, and lifestyle over the business. All this and more in today’s episode, so don’t miss it!Here’s a peek at what else we discuss: How Cathy's career as an inspirational speaker has been affected by COVID. What led her to become a mountaineer after discovering rock climbing as a teenager. How she came to climb Everest at 27-years-old and the circumstances of that expedition. Cathy explains why she identifies as curious rather than strictly ambitious. What she learned about teamwork and competition climbing Everest when so much of what happened was beyond her control. A time when Cathy had to overcome a great deal of fear: working through public failure. The value of building skills and confidence through experiences rather than building success through achievements. Cathy’s advice for new entrepreneurs: be open to unexpected opportunities along the way. Running a lifestyle, not a business; knowing her value and owning her definition of success. Bringing her feminine energy to a goal-oriented and money-driven patriarchal world. Resources: Cathy O’Dowd on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube Cathy O’Dowd Just For the Love of It by Cathy O'Dowd Namastream This week’s Joy:  The discovery of joy brought by walking just two kilometers outside the house and watching flowers bloom which she overlooked before because she was busy on the bigger picture.This week’s Hustle:  Setting up a whole home office that is fully accessible from her phone. She loves the fact that she can go to the mountains and still closely monitor her emails and clients using her phone.Know Your NumbersIn our business, we're big fans of financial literacy and accountability. Knowing your numbers is an essential aspect of building a successful business and inherent responsibility for any entrepreneur. What you focus on grows, so pay attention to your money.We use Bench for our bookkeeping. It's simple, elegant, and saves us so many hours that would otherwise be spent neck-deep in receipts on the other side of a spreadsheet.Each month our transactions are automatically imported into Bench and we get on-demand financial reports. We even enjoy opening up our profit and loss statement to review each month. When tax time comes around, we are up to date and ready to go. And this is what Financial Empowerment feels like.Use this link to save 20% off your Bench Accounting plan for the first six months!NamastreamThis podcast is brought to you by the Namastream software platform.Namastream is an easy-to-use platform that helps you build and sell your own courses memberships and live-streamed programs. Go from idea to open for business in just minutes. Unlike other startups, Namastream was created by women for women. If you're looking for a simple, streamlined way to build and grow an online business. You can learn more at Namastream.

34mins

9 Mar 2021

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Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain /Ep2834

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South African climber Cathy O’Dowd is an internationally renowned motivational speaker and mountaineer. She was the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, from both its north and south sides. Her first ascent of Everest happened in the midst of the chaotic events that form of the basis of the ‘true story’ behind the Hollywood movie Everest.Cathy, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, has climbed ever since leaving school. She was completing her Masters degree in Journalism, while working as university lecturer, when she saw a newspaper advert for a place on the 1st South African Everest Expedition. Six months later she was the first South African to summit Everest. Three years later she became the first woman in the world to climb the mountain from both sides. Finally she made one last expedition to Everest to try a new route on the Kangshung face. She has written a book about her Everest experiences, Just For The Love Of It.The years she spent in the Himalaya were for her a degree ‘in living’. The insights she discovered about herself, and about individuals and teams under intense stress in the face of overwhelming challenge, are ones she has been sharing with her corporate audiences ever since. Her stories touch on themes of importance to anyone trying to run successful projects and get the best out of people.Cathy’s most challenging Himalayan epic was as part of team forging a new route on an 8000 metre peak. Although Cathy herself did not reach the summit, two of her teammates did, doing the first ascent of Nanga Parbat via the Mazeno ridge, and winning the prestigious Piolet d’Or for their achievement. She has turned this experience into a fascinating interactive case-study of successful project execution of truly innovative goals.Cathy has been a professional speaker for over 20 years and has presented her message to companies in 44 countries on six continents. She is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association of UK/Ireland, who have given her their highest award, the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence. In spring of 2020 she will be doing a public lecture tour across the UK, sharing her life story of adventure. Her expedition projects for 2020 include an exploratory sea kayak expedition along the coast of Greenland in August. And currently in planning is a sailing trip to attempt unclimbed mountains on the Antarctic Peninsular.Cathy is actively involved with charities focused on female empowerment, notably the Rwenzori Women for Health project in Uganda, and the Astraia Female Leadership Foundation in Germany.She lives in Andorra, in the Pyrenees mountains, from where she pursues her speaking career, and explores the mountains of Europe. In her free time she does technical rock-climbing and ski- mountaineering.Her day-to-day adventures as a speaker and mountaineer can be followed on Instagram @CathyODowd. WEB LINKS: Website http://cathyodowd.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CathyODowdEverest Twitter https://www.twitter.com/cathyodowd  @CathyODowd Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cathyodowd/ @CathyODowd  LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/cathyodowd Support us on Patreon: http://www.Patreon.com/12minconvos Listen to another #12minconvo

12mins

27 Apr 2020

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Climbing Everest: Lessons From Extreme Sports With Cathy O’Dowd

Take The Lead

Contrary to what most assume, we can find moments of reflection even in the most hectic and thrilling times. Not only in the stillness of meditation can we ponder and understand ourselves more. Extreme moments also lend themselves to make us realize what we are capable of. In this episode, Dr. Diane Hamilton speaks with Cathy O’Dowd, a motivational speaker and the first woman to climb Everest from both sides. Cathy shares with us how that adventure went and gives insight into the world of extreme sports—breaking myths and assumptions and shedding light into the values we can learn and apply in our lives. Here, she relates it to corporate settings where risk management and problem-solving in high-stress situations is concerned. Breaking into a male-dominated field, Cathy then talks about female empowerment in mountaineering and rethinking what strength looks like. Find inspiration and beauty in pushing through difficult situations from this great conversation with Cathy.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Take The Lead community today:DrDianeHamilton.comDr. Diane Hamilton FacebookDr. Diane Hamilton TwitterDr. Diane Hamilton LinkedInDr. Diane Hamilton YouTubeDr. Diane Hamilton Instagram

55mins

16 Mar 2020

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EP 034 – Climbing to the Top with Cathy O’Dowd

Design You Podcast

South African mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd was the first woman in the world to climb Everest from both sides. Her thirty years of passion for mountains have taken her around the world, on rock and snow, climbing and skiing. She works internationally as a motivational speaker, sharing experiences of teams in the high Himalaya with corporate leaders. She is the author of ‘Just For The Love Of It’, the story of her Everest adventures. She now lives in Andorra, a tiny country in the Pyrenees mountains in the south of Europe, from where she continues her mountain adventures. She also run The Business of Adventure, a website designed to help other adventurers find ways to fund their dreams. Connect with Cathy at http://cathyodowd.comHer side project to help adventurers answer the question: “how are you going to pay for it” http://thebusinessofadventure.com Twitter and Instagram @CathyODowdConnect with ‘Tina Murray at http://tinamurray.com/Connect with ‘Tina on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TinaMurrayInsideAngle

34mins

26 Jun 2018

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Cathy O’Dowd: Climbing Everest, Team Dynamics, and Leadership

The Female Insight Zone

“Then I’ve been parachuted in as the token woman who got added at the last minute by the newspaper sponsor to kind of sex up the coverage. So I’m in a desperately awkward position, trying to prove that I’m good enough to be on this mountain. And I was—but I hadn’t come on the team in a way that made that at all clear.”Cathy O’Dowd was not a fan of sport until she discovered climbing in college. Being on the mountain was a deeply personal challenge—and one that she was good at. One of just two women in the rock climbing club at her university, O’Dowd thrived in the pushy, confident and ambitious environment.In November of 1995, O’Dowd answered a newspaper ad, and six months later she was part of a highly-publicized expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. Fraught by a failing team dynamic, the climb proved difficult. And when the group got caught in a storm during their descent, their success in reaching the top was overshadowed by an epic failure to protect each other.The traumatic experience, along with the media firestorm that followed, proved stressful. But it also opened O’Dowd’s life in ways both extraordinary and important, leading her to a 20-year career as an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author. The first South African reach the top of Everest and the first woman to climb from both sides, O’Dowd draws on her Himalayan experiences to illustrate themes around leadership, team dynamic, project management and motivation.Today, O’Dowd is exploring the Pyrenees mountains near her home in Andorra while she launches The Business of Adventure, a project designed to help aspiring adventurers build their brands and secure funding for their projects. On this episode of the Female Insight Zone, she shares the valuable lessons she learned from the team failure of the first Everest expedition, explaining how it proved vital to her personal development and the insight around leadership she gained from the experience. Listen in to learn about her current adventure as an entrepreneur and how she is working to support the next generation of adventurers.Key Interview TakeawaysThe greatest challenge of climbing Everest was navigating a failing team dynamic. O’Dowd was shocked at how badly adult professionals behaved in the situation, sabotaging themselves and the project.Dealing with the wave of negative publicity in the wake of her Everest experience was very difficult, but O’Dowd counts it as vital to her personal development. Enduring such a public failure made her realize how deeply limiting a life spent avoiding risk can be.You cannot control the entire narrative. The best you can do is to simply try and do the right thing by your own standards, knowing that the people who love you will believe you.Personal leadership implies that every person carries a responsibility to the group. It is not enough to identify the failings of the leadership that is in place; you must be willing to take responsibility for your own participation and to step into a temporary leadership role if need be.The best leaders are flexible, and they take the time to build credibility and trust throughout the process. If you want participants to follow your instructions quickly and without argument in a time of crisis, it is important that you take time early on to establish a consensus-driven team dynamic.The Business of Adventure acknowledges that funding is necessary to establish a career as a professional adventurer. Beyond the opportunity to connect with the younger generation, O’Dowd’s new project seeks to help aspiring adventurers understand the preparation, planning and financial backing necessary to pursue a safe, successful career in the field—or on the mountain.Connect with Cathy O’Dowd Cathy O’Dowd’s Website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

20mins

26 Jan 2018

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030: How Cathy O’Dowd Climbed Mount Everest, One Step at a Time

Hell Yes Life

Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest from both its north and south sides. She was also on the mountain in 1996 during the infamous storm that took the lives of several people and inspired the book Into Thin Air and the movie Everest.In the late 1990’s, Cathy was completing her master’s degree in Media Studies in South Africa, when she saw a newspaper advertisement for a place on the first South African Everest expedition.… Read more

1hr

6 Jun 2017

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Cathy O’Dowd: Author of "Just for the love of it"

Leadership and Loyalty™

There are dangers to climbing success mountain, you must know when to continue climbing, when to change direction, or just stop… Our guest on this episode is Cathy O’Dowd. She is the author of the outstanding book: Just for the love of it Cathy is a South African mountaineer, she was the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, and she did it from both its north and south sides, and she remains an active adventurer today. She was part of the team that did the first ascent of Nan-ga Par-bat via the Mazeno ridge and her most recent expedition was a ski-mountaineering ascent of Mount Logan, the second highest peak in North America. Mountain climbing is an excellent metaphor for life, but especially for those of us in leadership roles. The insights she has discovered about herself, and about individuals and teams under intense stress in the face of overwhelming challenge, are what Cathy shares with corporate audiences around the world. Her stories touch on themes of importance to anyone trying to be their best and get the best out of people. More about Cathy O’Dowd: http://CathyODowd.com More on engaging the Host Dov Baron: http://FullMontyLeadership.comGet bonus content on Patreon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59mins

6 Mar 2017

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Cathy O’Dowd - 1st woman to climb both sides of Mount Everest!

Tough Girl Podcast

Cathy grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a child she was not sporty and labelled herself as an academic. As a shy person, she embraced rock climbing at university and during this podcast we learn more about Cathy, her drive, and how she went onto become the fist women to climb Mount Everest from both sides. Show notes What it was like growing up in South Africa Being terrible at sport at young age and labelling herself as “academic & square” Why she loved rock climbing and how her passion progressed As an introvert and shy girl growing up, rock climbing allowed her to develop her social skills while also using her mind to solve climbing problems  How she ended up getting on the South African Team to go and climb Everest & why it was never a goal for her Being inspired by Arlene Blum - Annapurna: A Woman's Place Trying to find the opportunity to climb big mountains! What she learnt whilst being on and around Mount Everest Knowing she was going to make it to the top and the boost it gave to her confidence Why she has always been careful on the mountains and why you can be to careful What she learnt about failure from the expedition Dealing with the negative media coverage and coming home to people who had opinions about her and every decision she made while on the mountain Finding the opportunity in the mess Being more prepared to try things Being process driven, rather than goal driven Attempting a new route on one of the world’s top 10 mountains – the Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat The different challenges and adventures that have impacted her the most Dealing with risk - in high stress environments and how’s she applied what she’s learned in the mountains to every day life Why she likes to try new things! From skiing down 6,000 metre peaks, to dog sledding in the Arctic! Waiting for the stars to align & having patience! Shout out to Alistair Humphrys and his Micro Adventures Money, finding the right partners & serendipity!  Why she thinks of life like a journey Her next challenge! Visit her website! Cathy is on twitter @CathyODowd - I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

1hr 8mins

11 Oct 2016

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Special Encore Presentation: REACHING NEW HEIGHTS - why and how to reach out for new challenges with climber and speaker Cathy O’Dowd

The Business Elevation Show with Chris Cooper - Be More. Achieve More

Are you looking to reach new heights of achievement and wondering how to get the best out of yourself and others on your journey? Or perhaps you have already achieved everything you set out to do and are wondering what comes next? Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman ever to climb Mount Everest from both North and South sides and therefore knows more about reaching new heights of achievement than almost any other. With a desire to achieve more she continues to find new ways to challenge herself both physically and mentally, whether planning a new adventure or sharing her fascinating experiences as an internationally acclaimed speaker and author. It is therefore a great pleasure to be talking to Cathy live from Andorra in the Pyrenees about how and why we should be reaching out for new challenges. She will also share her experiences about getting the best from people, while operating under acute pressure. Do join us for what will be an incredible show.

57mins

24 Aug 2012

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REACHING NEW HEIGHTS - why and how to reach out for new challenges with climber and speaker Cathy O’Dowd

The Business Elevation Show with Chris Cooper - Be More. Achieve More

Are you looking to reach new heights of achievement and wondering how to get the best out of yourself and others on your journey? Or perhaps you have already achieved everything you set out to do and are wondering what comes next? Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman ever to climb Mount Everest from both North and South sides and therefore knows more about reaching new heights of achievement than almost any other. With a desire to achieve more she continues to find new ways to challenge herself both physically and mentally, whether planning a new adventure or sharing her fascinating experiences as an internationally acclaimed speaker and author. It is therefore a great pleasure to be talking to Cathy live from Andorra in the Pyrenees about how and why we should be reaching out for new challenges. She will also share her experiences about getting the best from people, while operating under acute pressure. Do join us for what will be an incredible show.

57mins

11 May 2012