A Focus on Ascents

Team Building & Leadership Training Boulder and Denver Colorado

In the rock-climbing world, a 5.9+ would be an intermediate level climb. So when you tackle a 5.12, you’re dealing with challenges that test—maybe even exceed—your abilities and skills. For founder and avid rock climber Sal Silvester, climbing became a natural metaphor for leadership and teams.

Working with other thought leaders, Sal developed longer-term team and leadership engagements to ensure behaviors changed and new skills were adopted. He also authored Ignite! The 4 Essential Rules for Emerging Leaders, which embodies 5.12 Solutions’ methodology. Today, we work with leaders and teams to improve communication, collaboration and productivity. Our longer-term engagements, workshops, and one-on-one coaching are all designed to dramatically improve the contribution that teams and leaders make to the organization.

The 5.12 Solutions team is comprised of thought leaders who are published authors and sought-after speakers. They are experts on leadership transformation across organizations and throughout careers. For every engagement, a custom team is deployed that knows how to support clients on their journey to leadership and team excellence.


About Sal Silvester

Sal Silvester is the founder and president of 5.12 Solutions Consulting Group (five-twelve) and author of Ignite! The 4 Essential Rules for Emerging Leaders and The Ultimate Goal Setting Guide.

Working with teams and leaders is Sal's passion. As an Executive Team Consultant and Leadership Coach, his unique perspective has been nurtured through his experience over the past 20 years as an Army Officer, an executive at Accenture, and founder of 5.12 Solutions. He has led and managed teams in the desert of Kuwait, the mountains of Turkey, and in the offices of many clients on process improvement, organizational change, and training projects.

Real World Experience

Sal knows what it means to be a team member and a leader. He is a graduate of the US Army Ranger and Airborne schools; he has managed consulting engagements, and competed on Adventure Racing Teams. He is an avid rock climber and mountain biker, and has competed in 6 marathons and is an Ironman Triathlon finisher. Sal was also selected to be a member of the Denver Chamber 100 and a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Involved in the Community

In addition to working with corporations, Sal is a member of Rocky Mountain Rescue, a nationally recognized search and rescue team based in Boulder, Colorado. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Denver teaching business management and marketing courses. Sal is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society for Training and Development.

Case Studies: Real-World Successes

Fortune 500 Retail/Products Company

Elevated the effectiveness of a VP of IT and team of directors after a merger.
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International Manufacturing Organization

Accelerated team cohesion to achieve the organization’s strategic objectives.
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Clinical Research Organization

Internal leaders were groomed to be more effective and increase competitive edge in the market.
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Publicly Traded Storage Company

A new VP of operations built a cohesive team of new and existing director-level lieutenants to move company forward.
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Fortune 50 Technology Company

Enabled teams to share best practices, forge stronger relationships and create an annual sales plan to grow the business.
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State Government Department

Assisted 18 supervisors from different operational areas within the division on their team building, coaching, performance appraisal, and goal-setting skills.
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