25 Oct 2016

Business Keynote Speaking Topics Leadership in Extreme Times What does success mean when its price may be too high?  Stephen Koch faced this question in extreme conditions on the rarely climbed north face of Mount Everest. His insights on leadership in extreme times have audiences enthralled and teach them about the price and perils of […]

24 Oct 2016

Stephen Koch Keynote Speaker Onesheet Keynote speaker Stephen Koch is a pioneering snowboard mountaineer, instructor and mountain guide. What do you learn from two decades of climbing up and snowboarding down the world’s highest, most challenging mountains? what do you learn from trying – and failing – to summit mount Everest and snowboard down? what […]

17 May 2016

Here’s a short video about the news and social media reactions to these incidents. They are of intolerance. I’m not saying what happened wasn’t breaking the law and had serious consequences. What happened did. The bison calf was put down and there may be a citation issued and with the Grand Prismatic Springs incident, the individuals […]

13 Nov 2015

Far From Home film, the story of Brolin Mawejje by friends Galen Knowles and Phil Hessler, is available for download on Vimeo. Brolin was born in impoverished circumstances in Kampala, Uganda and is now on track to become the first snowboarder to ever represent an African country in the Winter Olympics, while simultaneously applying to […]

06 Oct 2015

I’m surprised at an authors recommendation to exercise in a gym from a recent Forbes.com article I read. It’s time to bust the myth that we need a gym to exercise. Exercise can be done right in your office or hallway. The key is to not worry what others think. When you release the fear of what […]

06 Oct 2015

Here’s a link to a Harvard Business Review article about “Managing A Team Of B Players.” https://hbr.org/2015/07/how-to-manage-a-team-of-b-players I’d caution against the labeling of individuals and teams as A and B. My experience leading hundreds of teams, strangers with little or no climbing experience, who have the vision/dream/goal to climb the Grand Teton, at 13,770′ is the highest mountain […]

Human decency has eroded on Everest. I can’t imagine being so blinded by my own drive to summit a mountain that I’d let a fellow human die. This is what occurs on Everest more and more and it is abhorrent and simply wrong. What has happened to acting in accordance with the golden rule, treating […]

06 Oct 2015

I support the renaming of McKinley back to Denali, the native Athabaskan name meaning “the high one,” which Alaskan’s and most climbers have called the highest mountain in North America for years. One of the lessons that you learn leading climbers in the mountains is that you don’t get to the top by obfuscating, prevaricating, […]