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This is the Leadership and Adventure blog written personally by Alastair Macartney.

I’ve got a lot going on this year and, as a result, I’m having to slow down the rate at which I’m blogging – apologies.  This is temporary.  I will continue to blog and I will get back to a regular schedule.  In the mean time I’ll keep new content coming, just not as frequently, and please do check out the archives.

I’d still love to hear from you so please leave comments and I’ll make sure that I attend to them personally.

Does The Journey Count?

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Does The Journey Count?

Does The Journey Count?   At the end of last week we had 2 full days of snow.  I then went to hike to the exit point for a BASE jump, cutting a new trail.  I had my mini crampons on but I found myself, at times, chest deep in the snow.  It made for slightly slow going. In BASE jumping, sometimes the journey is more important than the jump itself.  While I love working in a dynamic team, sometimes time on your own, in isolation, in a beautiful place, with nothing else around you is priceless. For the first time in a long, long time I was...

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Beyond Impossible – Hover Boards and Back To The Future

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Beyond Impossible – Hover Boards and Back To The Future

Beyond Impossible – Hover Boards and Back To The Future   Remember the Hover Board in Back To The Future Part II and Part III?  Well now you can actually get one. A start-up company called HUVR CORP have invented the first real life Hover board, or so that say.  They have some amazing people involved including the real Dr. Emmett Brown from the movie, Moby, Mark Cuban and others.   Real Or Hoax? Their video (shown below) shows a bunch of clips of the HUVr board in action and it looks impressive.  But is it real? I’m...

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The Knowledge Protocol

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The Knowledge Protocol

The Knowledge Protocol   Last month, at the British Parachute Association AGM, I shared The Knowledge Protocol.  It’s a philosophy that I use as part of my plan to stay alive.  In fact, I use it in all walks of life.   The Knowledge Protocol is my philosophy, my theory and my approach to life.  It took a while for me to understand it and even longer before I could deflate my over-inflated ego, suck it up and start to apply it.  To this day, I still don’t always get it right, but by trying to apply it makes a large step...

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Staying Alive

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Staying Alive

Staying Alive   Do you have a plan to survive the year?  And beyond?  A system to guide you along the way?  I do, and I’m going to reveal it. This weekend is the British Parachute Association Annual General Meeting and I’ll be speaking on the topic of Staying Alive.  I’m going to share my plan to do so and how I will ensure I make it to the end of the year despite undertaking a bunch of seemingly crazy activities. If you’re a skydiver or BASE jumper, this is certainly for you.  If you’re not, there’s...

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Empowering Your Year

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Empowering Your Year

Empowering Your Year   You’ve had a blitzing year, perhaps a roller-coaster ride, perhaps your worst on record.  Either way, what’s done is done.  It’s time to digest, learn and move on.  It’s time to empower your next year. 2013 – The Up My year has been turbulent.  It’s had it’s ups and downs.  A roller coaster ride for sure.  I’ve had some great times.  Here’s a few of my highlights: World Champion.  I won the ProBASE World Cup in Istanbul.  It was a tough and different competition with strong and gusting winds and I...

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Are You A Giraffe? The Real Answer To The Viral Riddle

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Are You A Giraffe?  The Real Answer To The Viral Riddle

Are You A Giraffe?  The Real Answer To The Viral Riddle   What are you like at riddles?  Did you change your profile picture to a giraffe?  Did you do so under protest?  Here’s the real answer to the giraffe riddle that went viral. For those that don’t know what I’m talking there was a riddle that recently went viral across a multitude of social media channels.  There is debate about who started it.  Some claim it to be New Zealand Vlogger Andrew Strugnell while others say it was his friend Tim Hodge.  Facebook spread...

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Keep It Simple: Can Complexity Save Us? Part 3

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Keep It Simple: Can Complexity Save Us? Part 3

Keep It Simple: Can Complexity Save Us? Part 3   KISS has been a well used, and perhaps over used, acronym and mantra for some time.  Keep It Simple Stupid.  If we could keep it simple, there was less potential of something going wrong.  But perhaps that’s where it was going wrong.  Perhaps we need to embrace the complexity and work with it rather than avoid it.   In Part 1 of Keep It Simple I talked about simplicity and continued with the need to educate rather than legislate.  In Part 2 I looked at how all content producers are...

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Keep It Simple: The Complexity Story – Part 2

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Keep It Simple: The Complexity Story – Part 2

Keep It Simple: The Complexity Story – Part 2   Keeping things simple can be a life saver.  Failure to acknowledge the complexity can also be a killer.   In Part 1 of Keep It Simple I talked about simplicity and continued with the need to educate rather than legislate.  This post looks at a method of producing and providing the quality content that can assist with this education.  Part 3 will focus on the complexity, how we can embrace it and use it to our advantage. We operate in a complex environment.  While we have methods to...

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Keep It Simple

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Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple – Part 1   Keep It Simple   BASE jumping and skydiving are simple.  That’s how we like it and that’s how it works.  We get in a plane or on the edge of a structure with sufficient altitude, jump, open our parachute and land.  Simple.  This isn’t a complex process. Too Simple?   But, perhaps, we’ve made it too simple.  And perhaps we’ve shown the world that it’s more simple and less complex than they think.  It’s become too easy for people to enter these sports...

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Impossible Leaps – TEDxKC

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Impossible Leaps – TEDxKC

Impossible Leaps – TEDxKC   Defy Impossible.  That was the theme of TEDxKC earlier this summer.  I was invited not just to talk at the largest TEDx event in the World but to be the first person to make the impossible leap from the 217 feet high Liberty Memorial World War One Museum in Kansas City. The video from the event has just been released (see below).  A professional five-camera team has spent the last couple of months putting together the edit.  My talk was a challenge for them.  In particular, when I acted out a wingsuit...

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