Members and guests had a unique opportunity to network over breakfast at the Harbour Heights Hotel during the Poole Maritime Festival, and to hear a truly inspirational presentation. Brendan Hall's presentation, 'Leading through the eye of the storm' provided a gripping narrative of an ocean yacht race on the edge, and a young skipper's determined journey to victory.
At the age of 27, Brendan was selected to lead one of the ten teams competing in the 2009-10 Clipper Round the World race. He had no input on the selection of his 44 crew, but was tasked with turning them into a cohesive, competitive unit, able to take on the ultimate sailing challenge, a gruelling ten-month race around the globe.
He knew that the key to success would be creating and sustaining a culture of high performance, autonomy, motivation and support - A race winning formula. Brendan highlighted to the business audience the obvious similarities, and learning experiences, to leadership in the business world.