The project aims at the identification of the most important factors that are relevant to job performance for a professional employed as a trainer in the Adventure Sports sector. Through this, we plan to identify the relevant concepts of motivation, personality, leadership and team behavior etc which play a role in these organizations and the impact of these parameters on the performance of personnel employed in this sector.
The study was divided into two phases. In the first phase, through extensive interviews,
we identified three variables: passion for exploration, independence and recognition as having the maximum impact on the performance of an ...view middle of the document...
The career options today are vast and varied and range across trekking, mountaineering, out bound training facilitators and the like.
A notable challenge that people involved in such professions face is the kind of hazards that they might face in the line of their work. Accidents, though few, do happen because of various reasons such as failure of safety equipment, environmental hazards or even wrong judgment in high pressure situations. Most of these reasons cannot be manually controlled and it is with this understanding of the underlying risk that people choose such this profession.
What makes people employed in this sector perform well despite placing themselves in the line of danger? Such factors would be extremely different from the factors that would be seen in a run-of-the-mill job. It is in this context that we have chosen this exciting industry as the subject of our study.
2. Personality Traits
A person working in this sector should be extremely passionate about what this job entails. To do a physically demanding job, day in and day out where you have to guide a team and make decisions as well as maintain your mental calm is no mean feat. The people engaged in such a profession are characterized by extremely different personality traits when compared to someone working in a normal organization. Some of the relevant personality traits that a person employed in this sector should possess are outlined below:
* Propensity to take risks
* Ability to work under stress in physically demanding situations
* Excellent coaching skills
* Team Worker
* Leadership Skills
* Highly disciplined and motivated
* Self driven and committed
To conquer themselves and stretch them beyond limits: this is what drives the people employed in this sector. The satisfaction of their esteem need of achievement is one of the most important motivating factors for such people.
The report has been divided into two parts where we explain the findings from the two phases of our study.
3. Phase I Study
As a part of the study, we conducted detailed interviews with a set of four diverse people
working with different organizations across age groups. The detailed responses are shown in the Appendix section. Based on these interviews, a few common themes that appeared across the interviewee’s responses were identified and made the bases for our hypotheses.
4.1. Common Themes and Related concepts
The interviews gave us a deeper insight into the mindsets of the people who have chosen adventure sports as a career. One of the most important motivating factors that prompts a person to take up this profession is his/her passion towards adventure. They enjoy spending most of their time outdoors and through this profession, have converted what would have otherwise been a hobby into a full time pursuit. The thrill of converting their passion into an enjoyable venture and the joy when others experience...