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.
Are you working your ass off? That's something to be proud of—hard work typically means putting in a lot of hours. At least five days a week, and a minimum of eight hours a day. And, of course, those with serious ambitions will not shy away from taking on even more hours... right?
We all believe a great school report deserves a tenner, right? Well, I disagree. Here's why I believe that. And how that translates to separating salary from performance. Good performance brings its own rewards, and especially in the workplace.
Six years ago, we created our Bucket List of organizations, entrepreneurs, academics, and business leaders who changed the status quo of frustrating workplaces by becoming pioneers, rebels, and revolutionaries. Since then, we have been checking off our list by visiting pioneers all around the world. We share everything we learn from them through our articles here and in our Academy. However, we haven't been able to make any significant Bucket List travels for the last two years for obvious reasons. This is finally changing—we are going to Japan!