Alive! Thriving in tough times

If your plane crashed, would you… Stay and wait for rescue or find help yourself? This case study could help to transform your leadership perspective.

Is there a ‘mental model’ for surviving the toughest of times?

In 1972, a Uruguayan plane, carrying a rugby team (and their friends and family) crashes in the middle of the Andes. Survivors are faced with a choice: Adapt to this new perilous situation or wait in hope of rescue….

Explore a sequence of disastrous events, fatal injuries, starvation, dehydration and despair, to discover the mindsets, ingenuity and resilient spirits of 16 survivors, stranded in the Andes for 72 days.

An inspirational true-life story

This inspiring case study shows us that leadership is situational, and not all are suited to leading in difficult situations. These true-life events help to shift perspectives on what is possible, and how to innovate when you’ve run out of options and the end is nowhere in sight.

As life, death, tragedy and triumph unfold, we ask the hard questions and reveal lessons and tools to shift perspectives and enable high performance when the odds are stacked against success.

“Issues like the mindset to survive a crisis, situational leadership, choosing people for the right situation are some of the issues we grappled with.”- Richard Day

Ignite team and leadership conversations

  • How do your teams rise above challenges, recognise and celebrate success in volatile times?
  • How can understanding and managing biases and assumptions that affect judgment and decision making improve our ability to perform – especially when under pressure?
  • How are we stepping up to leadership while others are stepping down?
  • What leadership qualities will help you take charge, be responsible and accountable?

Format and Approach

Engage your teams in a multimedia, facilitator-led conversation on Zoom, supported with interactive moderated conversations in breakout rooms (hosted by our team of Pod Coaches).


This case study is available in a 90-minute or 180-minute online (Zoom) format.

How does it work?

  • Contact us to let us know that you want LRMG to share this case study with your team
  • We will work with you to design or customise key conversation and reflection questions
  • Participants will get a link to a pre-case study primer to complete prior to the presentation and conversation
  • Your team will receive our Survival! Toolkit as a take-away to ignite further learning and reflection

“A strong, agile mindset plays a critical role in adapting to change, rising above challenges, keeping hope and maintaining the will to persevere.”

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Career Dreams

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Real-world scarce skills training for youth:

Find, recruit and custom train youth to your demand-led specs, getting them work-ready and employable


We find the talent, match personalities and abilities to your culture fit, and then train them to meet your digital skills needs

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A Performance Culture

Talent management:

Make better future-fit data-driven decisions for your talent and organisation

Strategy and change:

Inspire your people to change and ignite their passion to deliver business results

Leadership and culture:

Enable your leadership teams to create their unique brand and to build new high-performance habits and behaviours

Digital transformation:

Enable people processes through digital technologies that transform performance

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Better understand your people's strengths and your team’s productive habits to compete and win

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Create a culture of feedback that actively measures performance


Leadership Perspectives

Establish a high-performance culture:

Interactive multimedia inspirational stories

Unlock new thinking and shift mindsets:

More than 13 intriguing true stories of high performance

Empower leaders and teams:

Expertly facilitated moderated conversations

Build new habits for high performance:

Smart toolboxes to activate habits for success