ILA Podcast

Buried in an Avalanche: Finding Deeper Purpose in Failure

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with Ken Wylie

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This discussion is intended to help listeners come to know the deeper purpose of adversity or failure. In some ways to help dissolve judgement and move forward with new ways of seeing difficult events. Ken will share what he learned from being buried in an avalanche and the process he went through to find this deeper purpose. As a leadership and organizational coach and consultant, he helps leaders metabolize their struggles to create growth and opportunity. This is particularly important when failures in our current time can be very public so we as leaders have limited private time to make sense of our failure before it becomes public, in some cases this publicity can be humiliating and seem career ending. Navigating failure with grace and humility and with a mindset of growth can be a skill that not only makes or breaks leadership careers, it can have a profound life impact. Ken’s generosity in sharing his insights and lessons along with his warmth make this a must listen!

About the Guest

Ken Wylie

Ken Wylie has been on faculty at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and Thompson Rivers University in Canada in adventure-based academic programs.
Ken founded Mountains for Growth in 2013 to help individuals and groups gain personal insight and wisdom through their mountain adventures. Ken has developed the concept of “Adventure Literacy”® based on the idea that adventure is always presenting information to us, our job is to listen and harvest lessons.
Ken holds a bachelor of physical education (Outdoor Pursuits), is a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and is the author of “Buried” 2014, which is about his path navigating through tragedy.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.