Leadership and Change Consultant Dennis Perkins: December 13th, 2012

Leadership during adversity: the value of distributed leadership
Dr. Dennis Perkins guests

The Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race in 1998 was the most deadly in the history of the race. Out of 115 boats that started, only 44 reached the finish line. Twenty-five crewmen were washed overboard and 55 were rescued at sea in the largest search and rescue operation in the history of Australia, utilizing 25 aircraft, 6 vessels and approximately 1000 people.

Adventurer and leadership consultant Dr. Dennis Perkins shares with us lessons about leadership during adversity that can be learned from that race. It’s a fascinating story with some surprising concepts to consider.

To listen to the interview with Dennis and Pam, click on the player below


About Dennis:

Dennis Perkins is Chief Executive Officer of  The Syncretics Group, a consulting firm devoted to effective  leadership in demanding environments – especially those characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapid change.

Dr. Perkins has worked for over twenty-five years as an adviser to senior leaders in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to nonprofit associations. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy Annapolis, he served as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam. He subsequently received his MBA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in psychology at The University of Michigan.

While a faculty member at the Yale University School of Management, he developed a breakthrough leadership approach based on the study of groups facing The Edge – the outer limits of human endurance. By studying The Edge, Dr. Perkins believes, “leaders can learn what it takes to help their their greatest potential. And they can remember these principles when they are stretched, stressed, and challenged to the limit.” Dr. Perkins’ passion to understand The Edge has taken him to disparate places – to Antarctica, where he retraced the footsteps of famed explorer, Ernest Shackleton; and to Australia, where he sailed with the crew of the Midnight Rambler, winners of the challenging 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race. Subsequently completed the 700-mile race, often called “the Everest” of offshore racing, as a crew member on a Volvo 60 racing boat

Check out Dennis’s book Into the Storm: click here

 

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  1. […] Two weeks ago on A Closer Look Radio, Pam interviewed Dennis Perkins, noted author and leadership consultant. Dennis participated in the Sydney to Hobart race in 1998 and learned some very important and deadly lessons. One of the things he said that really stuck with me is how we can decide to learn from our failures and how long we’re going to take before we get up again. He also talked about why we SHOULD sail into a storm and go on a misadventure or two. You can listen to the interview by clicking here. […]

  2. […] Two weeks ago on A Closer Look Radio, Pam interviewed Dennis Perkins, noted author and leadership consultant. Dennis participated in the Sydney to Hobart race in 1998 and learned some very important and deadly lessons. One of the things he said that really stuck with me is how we can decide to learn from our failures and how long we’re going to take before we get up again. He also talked about why we SHOULD sail into a storm and go on a misadventure or two. You can listen to the interview by clicking here. […]

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