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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Early in our careers as guides, Renias and I received a radio call that a female leopard was seen feeding on a bushbuck kill.
The announcement was specific about the location.
As we neared, Renias gestured for me to turn left.
‘That’s not the place,’ I said. ‘It’s to the right’.
‘Ok, but I think there’s a leopard over there,’ replied Renias indifferently, pointing to a large jackalberry tree.
‘Jika ximatsi’, he said.
By now our guests were raining questions on me. They were VIP’s and I felt compelled to show them a good sighting. And we had a reliable report which I intended to use.
There was no time to waste following Renias’s hunch.
‘Jika ximatsi..ximatsi means left’ repeated Renias, now irate with my apparent contrariness.. and the guests had noticed his displeasure with me.
Not wanting to make a scene I grudgingly swung the Land Rover eastwards – following his suggestion to go left.
About halfway along Renias said, ‘hatlisa (faster), the leopard is moving now’.
Moments later a magnificent female leopard emerged from the woodland. The guests were awestruck. ‘Renias is a genius!’ pronounced one of them. “He speaks squirrel!” exclaimed another.
Incredibly, he used a tree squirrel’s faint danger call to determine the leopard’s presence and to interpret its behaviour.
I came to learn that it’s nearly impossible to successfully track a leopard without considering the alarm calls made by other animals.
The truth is that I had no chance of finding it myself. If it weren’t for Renias, our VIPs would likely not have seen a leopard.
I was oblivious to an entire dimension of nature’s language. And I wasn’t even aware that I was unaware. I also lacked the technical ability to recognise the omnipresent chirps of intelligence all around me.
And the pressure to deliver for my guests caused me to become hyper-focused – further impairing my awareness.
Our everyday lives are filled with signals – many of which go totally unnoticed.
My friend Grant Ashfield says, ‘An alarm call is a message from the future – it represents danger, the need to slow down, be vigilant and pay attention’.
And they come in many forms…
Niggling feelings of restlessness, apprehension, or recurring mistakes, maybe the first signs that you’re losing track.
For leaders, dull meetings, poor trust, people operating in silos, and lacking accountability – are clues that the team is in peril.
For organisations, the departure of good people, the entry of a competitor, and diminishing engagement – are signals.
The difficulty is that most signals are as faint as a squirrel’s call among the cacophony of others. And they’re often inconvenient too – the timing doesn’t necessarily suit.
The irony is that warning signs lead to opportunity – either from wisdom gained by avoiding danger, or the realisation of a goal – like finding a leopard.
The biggest threat of all is choosing to ignore the signs. Or being reluctant to act.
Noticing an alarm call is the first step in the journey of change – towards greater prospects.
Expert wildlife trackers rely on nature’s signs to find the animals they pursue. And for their safety.
Spend 5 minutes thinking about alarm calls you may have noticed in the last 24 hours. Can you interpret them, and more importantly, are you prepared to act on them?
Sign up for Tracking Success. We dedicate one of our campfire conversations to discussing alarm calls in our professional lives.
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