Mastering Challenges

Mountaineers and managers have more in common than the urge to get to the top. Accompanied by spectacular images, Helga Hengge draws astounding parallels.

Leading and motivating teams; responding with flexibility to external forces without losing sight of the goal; coping with set-backs and sometimes starting from scratch; assessing risks, managing resources, and planning projects meticulously - the challenges managers and economic strategists are facing are surprisingly similar to those of mountaineers.

Wirtschaftswoche (Germany’s premier business magazine)

In her presentation Mastering Challenges Helga Hengge combines adventure, drama, failure and success - and the lessons learnt from one of the world's greatest challenges-Mount Everest.



  • Mount Everest - the adventure of thinking big
  • Skills und Willingness
  • Team - respect, trust and partnership
  • The route with four high camps
  • Climb high, sleep low-managing resources
  • Dealing with setbacks without losing sight of the goal
  • 7 weeks into thin air and nowhere near the summit 
  • Pushing boundaries and critical self-assessment
  • Getting to the top

Duration of presentation

45 – 90 minutes with discussion/ Q&A upon request

Helga’s presentation Mastering Challenges is illustrated with spectacular photographs from her ascent. The presentation can be customised in content and emphasis to fit client’s brief.

Corporate gift: Mount Everest - Only the Sky Above by Helga Hengge. Autographed copies available.



Thank your for your wonderful presentation which moved all of us very deeply!

Munich Re

Thank you so much for your terrific keynote! It is not only the mountain, but strong will power and the motivation to set high goals and to work on them even when they seem unreachable at first. Thank you for your insights. The feedback from our clients was overwhelming. THANKS!


You have provided my team and me with a more than impressive experience. You managed to create an emotional density with your presentation that made it possible to truly feel the challenges of your ascent. The management messages regarding team work, persistence, small steps leading to success, and what happens when too many 'heroes' are strutting around were impressive.


Thank you for your fascinating and captivating presentation!

Deutsche Börse

Thank you for being able to speak at our Leaders Summit. Your presentation created an additional boost of motivation. It is indeed often helpful to look at comparable challenges from a different perspective.

Munich Re

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