Brendan Hall successfully skippered his team to victory aboard Spirit of Australia, in the 2009 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. That doesn’t tell the whole story though. It would be easy to title and fill this narrative with sailing analogies. Yet, this is a story of incredible team spirit, of brilliant leadership, of failures, disasters, near death experiences. All of which came before that ultimate triumph. Brendan’s skills as a leader were tested to the hilt. Things went wrong on the very first leg; whilst Brendan obsessively focussed on the metrics, his volatile moods brought morale to a complete low. He vowed to only learn the hard lessons once. By taking blame out of the equation, he and the team were able to learn lessons in a productive way and communicate in a more constructive way. “I had to create from nothing this team culture…way of working…ethos…that was going to keep everyone safe. There was a realisation of how much we all wear masks. When you’re at sea…no one can keep that mask on.” In his book, Team Spirit, Brendan tells how he learned to re-frame the entire race; “this wasn’t a race of 10 yachts but a race of 10 teams.It’s 80% leadership, communication and teamwork skills and 20% hard sailing skills”. Some important lessons for business leaders here as Brendan emphasises the importance of trust. Find out how Brendan skippered not one, not two but three boats during the course of the race! Hurricanes, crises, sadness, euphoria and some big life lessons in this incredible episode. This isn’t a podcast, it’s an adventure!

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