Have you ever thought about making a safari trip? In this Expert Insight Interview, Lorne Sulcas continues his discussion on how we can learn from African big cat predators to thrive in the world of unpredictability we live in nowadays. Lorne Sulcas, also known as the Big Cat Guy, is a former successful management consultant, and now a motivational speaker and an international award-winning wildlife photographer and expert.
The interview discusses:
- Lessons to learn from big cats on adaptability and resilience
- Handling crisis every day
- Believing in the power of the dream
Adaptability and Resilience
The behaviors that big cats show and the challenges they face in many ways mirror the corporate world. Firstly, they face a significant amount of change on an everyday basis in terms of their hunting setting as differences based on weather conditions, prey they chase, landscape, etc. Secondly, they strategize to deal with the competition. When a leopard hunts in the presence of a lion, it has to protect its prey from the lion and then to catch it. Also, leopards made themselves adaptable to eat different prey sizes from large impalas to small birds or reptiles. Eating smaller prey more often helps leopards to build their resilience.
Regarding lions, they handle the change by teamwork and humbleness. Lions create strong relationships within their pride. Lions are very physical with each other, which builds a social bond, but that is also their way of identifying their fellow mate. In lion pride, every team member is capable of detecting, chasing, and killing the prey. They are all adaptable, flexible, and quick to react to their surroundings.
The big cats face the crisis on an everyday basis. One of those crises is the Great Wildebeest Migration. The big cats are very territorial, but their prey is not. Every year for the last 29 years, zebras, gazelles, and wildebeests migrate ten thousand kilometers across Eastern Africa. Considering that the big cats cannot follow them across Africa, they have to adapt, thus, to change the species they eat. At that point, a life or death situation forces lions to go out of their comfort zone by chasing the buffalos. Chasing buffalos is risky and life-threatening for lions, so they have to elevate their performance to survive.
Follow the Dream
We all have dreams and things that only by thinking of them make us feel alive, but not all of us are brave enough to follow them. The truth is, we will all face obstacles and negative comments, but if we believe in the power of our dreams, we will be able to overcome those obstacles.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.