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.
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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
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