The temperature plummeted at
night. It wasn’t high in the morning either. Welcome to the cold desert.
Encouraged by the dipping temperature, the wind rushes in. An errant child let
loose. Full of energy and power, it unleashes itself on the valley and a small
mud hut on the shore of Pangong Tso.
The enchanted lake, Pangong Tso
is at a height of 14250 ft. A hundred and thirty four km long, it is amongst
the longest lakes in the world. Sixty percent of it lies in Tibet (now China)
and forty percent lies in India. The shades of colour, its raw beauty and the surrounding
mountains indeed make this lake enchanting.
Inside the mud hut were five sunburnt
faces. In awe of this manifestation of nature. No words were needed. The
thoughts exactly the same of happiness, peace and strength. Together.
Chang La is the world’s third
highest motor-able pass. It has to be crossed on the way to Pangong Tso Dirt
road. The snow covering the pass and the sharp turns make this an incredible journey.
None of the five in the hut had
experienced anything like this before. They were in Leh, the land of Buddha.
The cold desert. The deep blue Indus, the desert, the purple mountains and the
snow covered peaks. Incredible. The forgotten land.
In an environment like this the
ancient mind springs back in action. Natural instincts long buried, un-earthed.
The focus shifts to survival and to winning against the elements. Artificial
differences created by ego dissolve giving way to natural instincts of care,
support and community.
This is not new. This is how
societies are formed. Seventy thousand years ago homo- sapiens was a tiny
species. They came together and started hunting and living in packs, realizing their
power. The packs became villages which became clans, giving rise to the modern
society. This is the adversary advantage or the power of adversary.
We see examples of this around
us. As a common threat emerges, we come together. Hunters, pack movers. Past
differences forgotten, guided by our instinct to survive. This is how great
movements take shape.
How do we leverage this power for
our organization? How do we come together, as leaders, in mind and spirit? Dissolve
our transactional differences to take our organizations to the next level?
I submit, the same leverage of
adversity to unite us. In mind and spirit. Let us create a common adversary. An
adversary that is personal and felt within. It cannot be dictated or
artificially created because then it becomes false, like rallying the troops
for a mock battle. Who is excited about that even though we may go through the
Nature offers this opportunity.
It is simple, felt within and shared. Let us use its advantage to unite our
teams. Leh is one such place that may offer this unifying element of nature.
Watch as the teams unite against
the elements and translate this to the work environment. The returns are worth
The world is limitless. Shall we
take the first step?
Vivek writes and coaches
individuals and companies on Self Worth, Purpose and Willpower. Reach him at
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