Adam Tuffnell

Unique in having circumnavigated the planet, under sail, the 'wrong-way' against the spin of the earth and with a background in Psychology and Philosophy; Adam delivers key lessons we can all apply in our personal and professional lives.

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Few people will face life threatening multiple disasters in their lifetime.  Fewer still have the expertise to dissect those disasters in order to understand how their leadership contributed to survival. As a professional round the world yachtsman and with his background in psychology, Adam is able to deliver just this. His four tenets of Teamwork, Leadership, Communication and Fun translate highly effectively from offshore to office and are designed to be applied in any business situation. Adam Tuffnell will show you how to find this balance.

Throughout his 20-year sailing career, Adam Tuffnell has sailed in some of the most hostile environments on the planet, ranging from the freezing wilderness of the Southern Ocean through to the debilitating humidity of the tropics.

He is one of a select group of sailors who have circumnavigated the world against prevailing winds and currents, a feat which until recently was considered impossible. He has faced hurricanes, collisions, flooding and the emergency medical evacuation of a crewmate.

"Leadership and survival are one and the same. Without leadership you will not survive." - Adam Tuffnell, September 2013.

Adam has also built a successful sailing school and trained future Round-the- World racing crews from zero-experience to a state of ocean-going readiness. His energy and passion for sailing was formed as a child in small dinghies and 'globalised' through racing the BT Global Challenge, in 2000.

As a graduate in Psychology and Philosophy and an accomplished sailor, Adam has unique insight into the practical applications of effective leadership and team development within the challenging environments of open-water and the corporate office.

What's in it?

An engaging and challenging review which references both real life experience of disaster and famous tragedies in order to assess the role of critical failures and successes of leadership in the outcome of these situations.

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Fun

Illustrating the importance of the four tenets through his own significant experience and by reviewing well-known disasters with an insider's expert eye, Adam discusses what lessons we can all learn about team dynamics and how we can avert disasters in our personal and professional lives.

What will you learn?

This is not simply a presentation about affective delegation and leading from the front…

Whether it is an aggressive pitch against competition, internal crisis, hurricane force winds, the same lessons apply.

Adam presents a keen understanding of facets of leadership as tested and proven in extreme conditions including:

  • Value of feelings and sharing them in tensioned environment
  • Leadership under extreme pressure
  • Importance of conscious management of core components of team leadership
  • Transparency in situational awareness - be honest with the troops
  • The importance of deciding, rather than trying, to succeed

This presentation bridges the gap between offshore and office to demonstrate how to:

  • Challenge the 'norm' of observations and conclusions
  • Solve problems from within the team environment
  • Ensure the accountability of decision making processes
  • Manage team dynamics

Presentation in Practice

Whilst on the water, Adam creates a learning environment for business leaders, which illustrates that 'experience is what you learn, just after you most needed it'. Time on the water naturally creates unique situations, which invariably require unique solutions. Adam communicates how this adaptive thinking process can be applied in practice.

What's Adam done?

Adam is a round the world yachtsman who has circumnavigated the globe 'the wrong-way' against prevailing winds and tides.

He was one of only 12 skippers selected by Clipper to train amateur round-the-world crews from scratch to race readiness.

Principal of a successful sailing school

Personal development coach

Team building course leader

Skipper of numerous offshore and ocean racing teams most recently a crew of 12 in the Fastnet 2013.

Worked extensively for Tall Ships Youth Trust skippering young people from underprivileged backgrounds

Presented at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and HMS Sultan as part of Armed Forces officer leadership training course

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