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Clipper Round the World Race - Insights into leadership and low carbon efficiency, Rob Lewis, Mission Performance (15.09.14)

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Rob Lewis, Director and founder of Mission Performance, a race team sponsor and Clipper learning and development partner has a background in Arctic exploration, leading Royal Marine Commandos and working with businesses globally to take the learning from high performance teams in extreme environments and helping them transfer that learning into the business world. At this presentation Rob provided insights into the research and learning. Four weeks on a Clipper 70 is the equivalent to a year in an office environment.

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Clipper Round the World Race - Insights into leadership and low carbon efficiency, Rob Lewis, Mission Performance (15.09.14)

  1. 1. Preliminary leadership lessons from the 2013/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Delivered at Edinburgh University Business School 15 September 2014 ! Lessons based upon qualitative data drawn from semi structured interviews, focus groups and coaching sessions conducted by Mission Performance in 7 Stopovers locations (7 sets of feedback with 12 Crews per set, 7 sets of 12 coaching sessions with the skippers over 12 months) ! !! ! High level conclusions in 3 sections: ! 1. Leading self for both crews and skippers 2. Leading others (for skippers) 3. Leader skills !! www.missionperformance.com copyright 2014 Page !1 of !6
  2. 2. Preliminary leadership lessons from the 2013/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Delivered at Edinburgh University Business School 15 September 2014 ! Lessons based upon qualitative data drawn from semi structured interviews, focus groups and coaching sessions conducted by Mission Performance in 7 Stopovers locations (7 sets of feedback with 12 Crews per set, 7 sets of 12 coaching sessions with the skippers over 12 months) ! 1. Leading self for both crews and skippers ! Aim of our research: ! The race takes place in extreme environments defined by high levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The study we conducted examined the simple replicable behaviours required by crew and skippers to survive and thrive in such environments. ! The study asked the crew for their experiences of how they experienced leadership on board. We did not ask the skippers, we coached them with the feedback we received from their crews. ! The crews’ responses have been summarised and categorised below. ! The race makes demand on both crew and skippers in equal measure. There is joint responsibility to work on your self-development pre-during and post race for both crew and skippers. Specifically, to be mentally as well as physically prepared for the challenges of the race and to start the race as mature independent people who put the needs of the team above the individual. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! www.missionperformance.com copyright 2014 Page !2 of !6
  3. 3. Preliminary leadership lessons from the 2013/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Delivered at Edinburgh University Business School 15 September 2014 ! Lessons based upon qualitative data drawn from semi structured interviews, focus groups and coaching sessions conducted by Mission Performance in 7 Stopovers locations (7 sets of feedback with 12 Crews per set, 7 sets of 12 coaching sessions with the skippers over 12 months) ! Things to consider - For the crews: ! Crew members to work on the following: ! Leading self: 3 elements ! a. Mental preparation: • ’Prepare efficiently’ - spend time sharpening your axe • ’Arctic shock’ - ‘Never put your body where your mind has never been...” • First know what you want - how will you measure success? • What are you prepared to do to achieve it? Be honest ! b. Self-awareness: • ’Be clear on your values’ and your reasons for doing the race and share them with others • ’Awareness of self and your impact on others’ - ask for and act on feedback • Awareness of motivational preference and its affect on ‘Followership' behaviour c. Resourcefulness: • Willing to be flexible and put the team ego before yours • Be aware of and manage your emotional self - (chimp) • ‘Take some personal risks’ - be honest and consistent - have the confidence to be yourself to say that you don’t understand or need help - self confidence defined = ‘having the confidence to be yourself’ !!!!!!!!!! www.missionperformance.com copyright 2014 Page !3 of !6
  4. 4. Preliminary leadership lessons from the 2013/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Delivered at Edinburgh University Business School 15 September 2014 ! Lessons based upon qualitative data drawn from semi structured interviews, focus groups and coaching sessions conducted by Mission Performance in 7 Stopovers locations (7 sets of feedback with 12 Crews per set, 7 sets of 12 coaching sessions with the skippers over 12 months) ! Things to consider - For the skippers ! Leading self: 5 elements There is a bare minimum set of characteristics (hygiene factors) that are expected of skippers when leading amateur crews: (as defined by the crews) ! a) They have the right Mindset to lead1 ! Their mindset has components that include: ! • Demonstrating that you care about your crew • Valuing contributions from all crew - everyone has something to contribute to the success of the yacht • People have the resources within them to achieve greatness on board (however defined) - It is the skippers role to encourage and coach them • Their role on board is to distribute power and influence not monopolise it (you develop all onboard and lean on your watch leaders to execute your intent) ! b) Feedback: They are open to feedback • They are confident enough in their abilities and self to ask for feedback and are flexible/ resourceful enough to change their approach • They encourage a culture of feedback on board and celebrate and penalise good and bad behaviour ! c) They demonstrate trust • ‘How does your crew know that you trust them?’ • They are consistent and do what they say they will do ! d) They choose their moods: • They are aware of and can choose their mood appropriate to any given situation • They project resilience and optimism at appropriate times • They maintain perspective !! 1 (Mindset defined as being a collection of beliefs that you hold about managing and leading your crew) www.missionperformance.com copyright 2014 Page !4 of !6
  5. 5. Preliminary leadership lessons from the 2013/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Delivered at Edinburgh University Business School 15 September 2014 ! Lessons based upon qualitative data drawn from semi structured interviews, focus groups and coaching sessions conducted by Mission Performance in 7 Stopovers locations (7 sets of feedback with 12 Crews per set, 7 sets of 12 coaching sessions with the skippers over 12 months) ! e) Self-Awareness • They are aware of the impact that they have on others • They have the flexibility, willingness and capability to change in response to feedback • They demonstrate appropriate self awareness and earn the moral right to lead • They are aware of their motivational preferences and its affect on their behaviour ! 2. Leading others (for skippers) ! Skippers were expected to: ! a) Develop leaders and crew onboard (competence and commitment) • Coach capability on board • Anticipate and rehearse the ‘what if’ scenarios • Encourage creativity and innovation on board • Select, utilise and develop their watch leaders • Actively define and measure the cockpit gradient on board ! b) Build teams that have: ! • Clarity - Ability to elicit individual goals and align to 1 common purpose • Culture - Defining of societal rules - collective behaviours and habits that support the achievement of agreed goals; ability to reinforce/sustain habits to penalise and reward • Interdependence: a willingness to put team ego before individual ego; ability to work across boundaries ! c) Manage and meet the needs and expectations of others ! • Diagnosing, managing and responding to expectations appropriately !!!!!!!! www.missionperformance.com copyright 2014 Page !5 of !6
  6. 6. Preliminary leadership lessons from the 2013/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Delivered at Edinburgh University Business School 15 September 2014 ! Lessons based upon qualitative data drawn from semi structured interviews, focus groups and coaching sessions conducted by Mission Performance in 7 Stopovers locations (7 sets of feedback with 12 Crews per set, 7 sets of 12 coaching sessions with the skippers over 12 months) ! 3. Leader skills: ! The crews expected their skippers to: ! • be able to coach capability very quickly • be able to ask for and act on feedback • be in the right position to influence, to communicate and make decisions !!! lewisr@missionperformance.com End www.missionperformance.com copyright 2014 Page !6 of !6

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