MEET Nic Feteris
Nic Feteris helps teams make big jumps, to the next level, somewhere new, or just forward.
Nic’s jumping credentials include parachuting from great heights. From mountains, before he had heard the term, base-jump. From Monuments, like the Statue of Liberty. From the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for a Mission Impossible film. From buildings, like the former World Trade Centre in New York. And from hot air balloons, as high as 36,600 feet.
A career highlight was producing a documentary about making "the world's highest base-jump". In 2004 National Geographic rated footage of that jump, from the 20,600-foot Great Trango Towers in Pakistan, their most "amazing moment" on film.
Nic’s professional background is advertising. He held positions ranging from Sales Executive to Publisher for major media. In 1990 he established a media agency that currently operates an online ad network.
Nic speaks of how base-jumpers, mountaineers, sea kayakers and other extreme adventurers think; why they do what they do, what makes them responsible, and how anyone can launch into new territory using the same approach.
Business development: Salespeople go on an emotional expedition every day. They are explorers. In organisations everywhere their capacity for using courage to succeed is an unarticulated secret. Nic tells them what they always knew about themselves but have never heard expressed before. He leaves them raring for adventure.
Risk taking: Whether it's salespeople facing rejection to make sales, or investment managers risking losses to make profits, professional risk-takers must expose themselves to succeed. Nic reconciles the ambiguity that's part of respecting complience and following rules, on the one hand, while pushing limits to reach performance targets on the other.
Risk management: It works best when it’s part of part culture. The problem is, to professional risk takers risk management can get in the way, and to everyone else it can be just plain boring. Use Nic to get risk management on the agenda at your meeting. He'll make managing risk about performance as much protection. And he'll make it exciting.
Leadership: How does anyone jump off a cliff? The same way you do anything that’s a stretch: muster the courage to stick yourself out there, then use expertise and judgment to manage exposure. Nic will tell you how base-jumpers and other extreme adventurers think in ways that helps to muster courage and manage risk.
Nic has a unique story of partnership and teamwork. Picture this, for example: He is an experienced parachutist and a pretty ordinary climber. He teams up with a skilled climber who has only jumped once or twice. They teach each other their complimentary adventure skills, so, as a multi disciplinary team, they can climb and base-jump off the highest cliff face in the world.
Everyone on Nic’s team may have bought into the idea of joining the expedition, but are they thinking about climbing the same mountain, or taking the same route to the top? Nic shows how strategy will align a team behind one common, clearly defined goal. Then, how masterful tactics help to get there.
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