Known as the ‘world’s toughest yacht race’, it’s a 32000 mile, multi-stage event that traverses the worlds’ oceans against the spin of the earth. Staged over 10 gruelling months, it’s contested by 12 teams with identical equipment and budgets. It’s also a race that anyone can take part in, the crews being all amateurs, 70% having never sailed before. And with just one professional skipper on each team of 18 to pull it all together, it’s the ultimate test of leadership and teamwork.
For motivational speaker Mark, it was the culmination of 10 years climbing the ladder and the pinnacle of his sailing career. That said, he was still one of the least experienced skippers on the start line. That said, what he lacked in technical expertise and outright sailing miles he more than made up for in emotional intelligence and people skills.
So, what happened and what made the difference?
How did he achieve and sustain competitive advantage? Get ordinary people to achieve an extraordinary thing in such a highly competitive and constantly changing environment?
Well sharing this crucial learning as a conference and keynote motivational speaker, and doing that in a really engaging way is Marks’ passion, mission and forte, so that others to benefit from his hard-earned learning.
How does the presentation unfold?
Chronologically structured to mirror the race’s 8 key stages, the story is a real roller coaster of a journey that literally has audiences hanging on the edge of their seats. And frequently with a lump in their throat and a tear or two!
Each section is a mix of the presenter’s rich insight, honesty, humility and humour, blended with stunning video footage and images that bring the learning alive.
Superb takeaway real-life benefits
The key lessons are highlighted throughout, before being summarised at the end before leading into the always vibrant Q&A session. Key learning points include the importance of:
Vision and Values
Diversity and inclusion
Playing to strengths
Structuring the team for success
Identifying critical success factors
Developing a learning culture
Collaboration and teamwork
Dealing with setbacks
Inspiring and empowering
Recognition and reward
Such is the flexibility and depth of the story that not only is it available as a traditional keynote speech, but also as an interactive ‘Masterclass’. This is where the story is built up to key leadership and team tests, and then delegates in teams are charged with solving them to deepen the learning.
Limitless delegates, Latest AV technology, 30 – 90 minute durations, One way download Can be split pre/post lunch/dinner, across a day, Q&A at the end
Up to 250 persons in groups of 4-10 persons, 1/2 or 1 day duration, The story but interspersed with Interactive group breakouts at key challenge points.Can be made competitive with scoring and prizes.Q&A at the end
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