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"The demands placed on a crew of ocean racers are strikingly similar to those faced by any team working to overcome tough challenges," notes Dennis Perkins. To understand why the metaphor of ocean racing applies to any team facing challenges and uncertainty, consider these core characteristics of the sport from Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race


  • 1.What Workplace TeamsCan Learn fromOcean RacingBy Dennis N.T. Perkins and Jillian B. MurphyFollow them @DNTP and @jbmurf and The Syncretics Group

2. Forget images of wealthy yacht owners andregattas. Ocean racing is a demanding sportfor serious sailors. "The demands placed on acrew of ocean racers are strikingly similar tothose faced by any team working to overcometough challenges," notes Dennis Perkins.To understand why the metaphor of oceanracing applies to any team facing challengesand uncertainty, consider these corecharacteristics of the sport:www.syncreticsgroup.com www.amacombooks.org 3. Ocean racing is a complex team endeavor.Every crew member has a critical job to do.And crew members have to work together,seamlessly, to keep the boat on course. 4. Ocean racing is a test of endurance andtenacity involving a journey into theunknown.(photo credit Richard Bennett) 5. During races of long distance and welloffshore, boats must be completely self-sufficient for extended periods of time,capable of withstanding heavy storms, andprepared to handle emergencies. 6. Like todays business environment, oceanracing is characterized by constantchange. The weather can be sunny oneminute, and gusting with gale force windsthe next.(photo credit Richard Bennett) 7. Ocean racing is competitive, stressful,and anxiety-provoking. 8. While there is still a skipper in charge ofthe boat, leadership can be distributedamong other members of the crew. 9. A team that fails to execute flawlessly canlose a race. There are winners and losersin the sport. 10. Ocean racing requires the courage to takecalculated risks.(photo credit Richard Bennett) 11. Winning an ocean race requires clearvision, a cohesive and committed team,and the ability to learn and adapt. 12. Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from theTreacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean RaceBy Dennis N.T. Perkins and Jillian B. MurphyThe Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is among the mostdemanding sailing competitions in the world. In theface of turmoil and tragedy, a crew of "amateur"sailors piloted their tiny vessel, the AFR MidnightRambler, not only to the finish but to overall victory.Into the Storm chronicles their nearly four-dayordeal and draws parallels to the world of business,revealing critical strategies for Teamwork at theEdge. Illustrated with examples from the story andcompelling case studies, the book sheds light onwhat teams need to do to succeed in tough timesand provides resources to support teams as theynavigate the chaotic seas of business today.AmazonBarnes & NobleIndiebound 13. Dennis N.T. Perkins is also the author of Leading at The Edgeand CEO of The Syncretics Group, a consulting firm dedicatedto helping leaders and teams thrive under conditions ofadversity, uncertainty, and change. A graduate of the UnitedStates Naval Academy at Annapolis, he successfully completedhis first Sydney Hobart Race in 2006. Follow Dennis on Twitter@DNTP.Jillian B. Murphy is Director of Client Services at The SyncreticsGroup. She graduated magna cum laude from the University ofConnecticut, and works with senior executives in organizationsthroughout the world.Jillians focus is on helping leaders and teamsachieve their greatest potential.She is a dynamic keynote speakerwho has been featured at numerous conferences and client events.Follow Jillian on Twitter @jbmurf.Follow The Syncretics Group on Facebook and Twitter @SyncreticsGroupInto the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from theTreacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean RaceBy Dennis N.T. Perkins and Jillian B. Murphy


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