So where does the militant moor-tramping fit into the business world? Think of your obstacles as bogs to cross. What do you do when you realise your business plan is out of date and the market has left you behind? 'Speed up,' urges Patrick Snowball, deputy chair at insurance giant Towergate. 'Slow down, and you'll sink.' In other words, don't hang around strategising. Get on with it - and fast.
His two decades in the military served him well after he went corporate. 'When disaster struck, others around me would freeze,' says Snowball. 'Like a rabbit in the headlights, they would call a halt to initiatives already under way, put the fundamental questions out to research and wait.' But without fast decision-making and an ability to change pace, you'll be up to your chin in bogwater before you know it.
Richard Branson's bog came early, when yet another postal strike looked set to stymie his new Virgin Mail Order Records business. Within a week, he had pulled the plug on mail order and opened a record store on Oxford Street.
We're not expecting you to rock up to the office in hiking boots or bivouac in the boardroom, but as they say in the Scouts: 'Be prepared.' Pull on the Gore-tex and face that bog like a rambler.