Tracking a wild animal is a complex form of problem-solving. It calls upon a refined set of skills and a particular way of thinking. It compels us to be conscious of the interconnectedness of all life.
I want to show you how, by adopting the mindset of a tracker, you can make high-quality decisions.
And, how it can be used to solve modern-day business problems.
Wildlife trackers operate in a wild and wordless environment – where information is often incomplete – and this causes uncertainty.
To overcome this, trackers consider three interrelated factors: 1. The track evidence. 2. The physical landscape 3. The animal itself.
Decisions are made by merging the facts and the wider environmental significance, together with the animal’s purpose. This allows them to create a mental picture of the activity around them.
But to be successful, the tracker must also adopt certain mindsets. They must become discerning,creative, and sensitive to the environment.
This is most important.
The ability to constantly be shifting one’s attention between the detail and the bigger picture. Zooming in, and zooming out, constantly – is key to finding whatever you are tracking.
As it turns out, the ancient artform of tracking represents a mental framework for holistic decision-making.
Worldwide, decision-making is becoming increasingly expedient.
I’d love to show you how this can be changed.
We will put your team in the boots of an expert animal tracker! You will be asked to make the same decisions that they make.
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You connect via an online platform. Through a combination of video and storytelling, you become immersed in the activities of an expert wildlife tracking team.
Expert facilitation and campfire discussions link tracking to the real issues your team faces.
This virtual tracking simulation takes the form of a branching decision tree where individuals and teams choose their own adventure.
In each scenario, your team will discuss and decide on the best course of action.
Participants face the same challenges Alex and Renias faced whilst tracking leopard, lion, and rhino in a difficult environment, with incomplete information.
Tracking is both an ancient African craft and a modern metaphor.
Each one of us is a born tracker…tracking something important in our lives. The same applies to organisations.
Trackers deal with the complex world of nature, an uncertain and wordless environment.
Their time-tested process helps them navigate successfully the ever-changing conditions in which they operate.
You become the tracker
You are an active participant in the complex task of tracking and finding your goal.
Your weigh up the evidence, make the decisions, and live with the consequences.
Finding the animal is in your hands.
Delivered virtually or in-person
The programme can be run as a standalone or integrated into an existing agenda.
It is easily adapted to suit your time and learning requirements.
There is no limit to the number of participants.
What you will get
A unique learning experience.
A powerful metaphor for improving organisational health.
Facilitated campfire conversations focussing on the five elements of tracking, mastery, trust, decision-making, and others.
An opportunity to refocus on what is most important.
Shared fun with your team!
“Alex and Grant take you on a fantastic tracking journey, using the bush tracking metaphor to share stories and insights that have enabled us to continue to develop our ability to both operate as an effective team and progress each of our own personal mastery.
The concept, videography and facilitation come together in a meaningful and very enjoyable few hours.”
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COVID 19 has thrust us into unfamiliar territory. How we make decisions during this time is vital. To emerge stronger we must be able to make good decisions despite the uncertainty.
We have much to learn from the world’s finest wildlife trackers. They make informed decisions that help them find the animals they pursue. Especially in difficult and uncertain circumstances, where evidence is often incomplete.
They have learnt to deal with a complex and uncontrollable wild environment.
As a result, they have an above-average success rate in finding animals.
They do not have advisors, instructions or algorithms to rely on. Nature is wordless.
Instead, they rely on technical competence and a superior understanding of the animals that they track.
They are constantly gathering information. This comes from a broad range of sources. Tracks on the ground, bird alarm calls, scents and the presence of other animals, to name a few.
When they find a track there is much to consider. Its age, what the animal is doing, and importantly, the suitability of the terrain for the tracking effort.
Past experiences are used to understand patterns of animal behaviour, which they remember. Past events also provide scope for a much wider range of decision-making options.
This is true situational analysis.
In 2019 Renias Mhlongo successfully tracked pumas in extraordinarily difficult conditions in Patagonia, Chile.
They make extensive use of inductive reasoning. From a single track, they are able to speculate what the animal is doing. With remarkable accuracy. To achieve this, they will construct an explanation from the signs they’ve observed, and then actively move to verify its validity.
Expert trackers develop deep ecological literacy. This allows them to link seemingly unrelated pieces of information – in a single picture. One that makes sense.
To form this mental image, the tracker must be constantly answering three golden questions.
For the beginner these questions are deliberate. But as the tracker builds experience, this becomes less conscious. Almost second nature.
Here the three questions;
What are the tracks saying?
The tracker must have clarity on what he is tracking. Recognising and interpreting the details of the trail is vital to staying on track. The difference between a black and white rhino’s track on hard ground is minuscule. A lack of competence with detail has far-reaching consequences.
What is the behaviour?
Knowing the animal’s habits is key. Whether the rhino is feeding or patrolling its territory is a crucial insight for the tracker. The best trackers are intimate with the subtleties of animal behaviour. This knowledge is used to anticipate and leapfrog ahead.
How is the landscape influencing the animal’s movement?
Animals never move randomly. Water, food and shelter affect where they go. The physical environment has a profound effect on the animal’s choice of route. And the tracker will constantly investigate areas of greatest opportunity. And by contrast, avoid areas of potential danger.
The tracker must still follow the tracks to find the animal. But by answering these questions he develops a picture of what the animal is doing, and how to get close to it.
Expert trackers teach us that successful decision-making should include the following 3 reflections:
Attention to detail (tracks)
Consideration for others & one’s values (behaviour)
Regard for the circumstances & consequences (environment)
To learn more, contact us for a demo of our newly formed Tracking Success interactive documentary. It’s a virtual learning adventure that uses the ancient art of wildlife tracking as a metaphor for tracking organisational goals.
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