Last week, a few members of Team LoadUp headed out to Roswell, Georgia for an experience they would never forget.
Why would a CEO take employees to spend precious work hours going outside to rappel down a mountain? Because “by fostering a culture of impactful shared experiences, we empower companies to recruit and retain remarkable talent through building a powerful team lifestyle.”
That’s the mission of Vestigo, a Georgia-based company that aims to help other companies’ employees find fulfillment and rejuvenation through nature.
Greg, Jimmy, Tiffany, and Jason of LoadUp Technologies went rappelling with Vestigo last week as a way to re-frame any fears surrounding company growth and goals in a different way.
A Day on the Mountain
After arriving, everyone got to know each other a little over some yummy chicken biscuits. What came next was a moment of deep sharing of previous outdoor experiences.
When asked to talk about a time they had an outdoor adventure, Jimmy and Jason both told a story about whitewater rafting, a time when they ended up getting stuck under the boat which was very scary for both of them.
Greg then told a story about shark diving (which I’m pretty sure would scare anyone) and Tiffany shared her experience of hiking in a remote area of Denali and seeing a mother and her cub, which was absolutely exhilarating.
They all wondered what that really had to do with growing a business, but after everyone geared up and faced the terror of stepping off a cliff to head down a mountain, all became clear.
The followup question after rappelling was, “How does overcoming your fears and learning to trust yourself and others apply to growing a business?”
The general consensus from everyone was that as our company is growing, we are facing new changes at a rapid rate that are sometimes difficult decisions to make, but we know that we need to take those next steps in order to grow, just like when leaning back for the first time rappelling was taking a step that we weren’t sure was going to be ok at first.
It was important for everyone to have this experience, in order to realize that not only as a company but as a team, we all have to work to push through the challenges that face us, no matter how scary they may be. That, and that we can trust each other to catch us when we feel like we might fall.
Here’s to much more growth as a company, as a team, as individuals, and as friends.
To learn more about Team LoadUp and who we are, take a look at our About Us page.