Dennis Perkins on Sailing Directly Into the Storm

In his new book Into the Storm, published by AMACOM, Dennis Perkins recalls the story of the AFR Midnight Rambler in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. This race was the most perilous to date as a sudden storm stuck and took the lives of 6 sailors on The Rambler. However the other 55 sailors were rescued resulting in the largest search and rescue mission in Australian history. The AFR Midnight Rambler was not the biggest or the most well equipped ship but due to its unified crew, it found a way to not only overcome the horrible storm but to also win the overall race. These skills translate to the business world as well. Even in the worst of situations whether your business is facing a massive change or you’re in a race staring down a major storm, a unified team can just pull of the seemingly impossible.

Dennis N.T. Perkins is Chief Executive Officer of The Syncretics Group, a consulting firm devoted to effective Leadership in demanding environments–especially those characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapid change. Dr. Perkins has worked for over twenty-five years as an advisor to senior leaders in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to nonprofit associations. A graduate of the United States Annapolis, he served as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam. He subsequently received his MBA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in psychology at The University of Michigan. His newest book is Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race.

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For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

*Leading at the Speed of Trust
*The Voice of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire, Influece, and Achieve Results
*Coaching: A Strategic Tool for Effective Leadership

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

*Into the Storm, by Dennis Perkins & Jillian B. Murphy
*Nice Teams Finish Last, by Brian Cole Miller
*Quick Brainstorming Activities for Busy Managers, by Brian Cole Miller

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