Brendan Hall, youngest skipper to win the hardest Yacht Race
As described in Team Spirit: Life and Leadership on One of the World's Toughest Yacht Races, Brendan turned a team of ordinary people in an organisation capable of achieving the impossible, racing in the most dangerous waters around the globe and winning the Clipper Race by the largest margin ever achieved.
He did so by creating a no-blame learning environment, where every member of the crew supported each other, and by removing himself from the picture: the paradox of the leader growing his team to the point he simply isn't relevant anymore.
That made it possible for him to save another crew off the coast of Japan, when their skipper was removed due to a bad fracture. He was able to abandon his boat to take charge of the other crew, with complete faith that his crew could endure one of the most dangerous legs in the race, across atrocious ocean weather, without him.
His story is inspiring, a story of illuminated leadership, in a living metaphor of business, but one where life and death are at stake.
For the last two years, we've been working on a book about Haier, the Chinese manufacturing firm reinventing management as we know it. Writing this book was a long, interesting, and intense process, but we managed to wrap up the final manuscript of the book earlier this year, titled "Start-up Factory." Although the book will only be published in September 2022, we gave Corporate Rebels Academy community members early bird access to the final manuscript. Here is a selection of their reactions to the book.
Earlier this year, we were invited by a Dutch media platform to write a monthly column. We decided to pick up this gauntlet, and now our first piece has been published. Naturally, our first piece revolved around the overall silliness of having so many damn meetings. This is what we wrote.