Guide – Whether it be guiding expeditions in some of the most wild and remote reaches of the Himalayas, coaching business leaders to unleash their most potent leadership skills or facilitating dynamic team development processes, Chess translates the mind set of the adventurer, explorer and creative problem solver into critical areas of thinking for success in today’s ever changing corporate environments.
“As a guide, my work is to assist people on their journey through challenging situations and demanding conditions and deliver them to an empowered vantage point of fresh perspectives, clarity and a celebration of human potential.”
If I had to concentrate on just two concepts that would have the most impact on moving people and teams forward they would be Presence and Courage. The ability to be present enough to know what needs to be done and the courage to do what is often difficult to do.
“True leaders don’t create followers,
they create other leaders.” – Martin Luther King
Leadership Coach – Leaders shoulder a profound responsibility as they have a tremendous influence on the quality of the lives of others. Chess helps leaders and executive teams discover a rich diversity of innovative tools that help them inspire, align, organize and support the very best in those they lead.
“I work with leaders because leaders are the ones who have the greatest impact and influence on building healthy, vibrant and innovative communities and cultures in which good people can thrive, evolve and create.”
Even the most wildly creative people can perform poorly under ill equipped leadership. Leader’s need coaches with whom they can explore and discover realms of possibility not yet realized or imagined. Leaders need someone who can ask the right questions at the right time to get to answers and insights that are just waiting to be unleashed.
Chess works with leaders to courageously explore the edges of possibility and unlock their full potential in ways that inspire and create opportunities for those they lead to do the same.
Team Development Trainer – Chess consults and facilitates team and leadership development programs for some of today’s top organizations. From the big players such as Microsoft, eBay and Disney to small non profit organizations, Chess has been working with teams for over 30 years. He has organized team learning experiences for groups from 5 to 500 in a variety of settings from the board room to the tops of wind swept granite spires. His training programs are inspiring, engaging, interactive, fun and highly informative. Just as Chess is willing to explore far beyond conventional boundaries in his outward travels, he is willing and able to dig deep to discover your own unique journey of development.
“Our greatest rewards will always be found on the other side of our greatest challenges.” – Chess Edwards
Speaker & Presenter – Chess combines his skills as a photographer, gifted storyteller, educator & adventurer into interactive keynote presentations that entertain, inspire and educate a wide array of groups and organizations. His presentations have been applauded as a closing speaker, keynote or the kick off for major corporate functions. Whether it be a students or the top tiers of a major International companies, Chess delivers his programs with the same level of passion and commitment to excellence.
Adventurer – Chess has spent more than 20 years exploring the planet including some of the most remote and wild regions of the Himalayas and lost pre-Inca civilizations in the distant Northern Andes of Peru. With over twenty countries and now 6 continents visited, Chess always endeavors to go far beyond the comfortable boundaries that intimidate the common traveler. With a dedication to seek out the challenges, adventures and wisdom that these far corners of the globe provide, Chess returns home again and again with fresh life perspectives to share with a wide range of audiences and organizations.
As a significant part of Chess’ travels, he has led hundreds of groups on personal Journeys of Discovery as he guides other travelers through their own life changing insights, inspirations and significant “Ah-ha” moments of personal truth.
Professional Photographer – Chess’ success as a photographer stems from his ability to perceive the essence of the larger picture and then capture in a single photograph an alluring representation of the whole. Over the years his captivating work has been displayed in art galleries, published in magazines such as Newsweek and Escape and has captured the hearts and imaginations of a wide range of live audiences. His creative endeavors have now been coalesced into a collection of fine art photography representing exotic locales from around the world which tell a very human story of connection, common ideals, cultural diversity and shared universal truths.