Brendan Hall | Vistage UK
Speaker Bio

Brendan Hall

Brendan Hall is a truly inspirational man. A professional yacht racing skipper, author, leadership expert and entrepreneur. In 2009, Brendan skippered a yacht in the ultimate long distance challenge, The Clipper Round the World Yacht race – a 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts. Although Brendan was the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, he and his team won it in convincing fashion. This achievement was the culmination of years of leadership research, creating a high-performance culture and a leadership style way beyond his 27 years.

His leadership skills were soon put to the test – in the middle of a North Pacific winter hurricane, Brendan and his crew were tasked with the rescue of an incapacitated skipper on a competing yacht. Brendan swapped yachts and skippered both vessels 4000 nautical miles, across the world’s most treacherous ocean to safety.

After completing this life changing challenge, Brendan authored, Team Spirit, a raw, insightful look into the life of a leader pushing himself and his team to perform in extreme conditions. It distils and communicates the core skills and hard-won lessons that made Brendan’s team a winning one and has had an outstanding reception from the business world, where leaders and teams face comparable challenges in their own environment.

Brendan uses his insights and powerful race narrative in the leadership development field, helping business leaders perform at their best, inspire their teams and achieve big goals. He is one of the most prolific sports leadership speakers on the European circuit and has spoken worldwide to over 200 audiences.

Brendan joined the Vistage Speaker Bureau in May 2018 from the Academy for Chief Executives, with an average score of 4.2 out of 5 over the last 18 months.

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Leading a Team that Thrives in Uncertainty

Brendan’s masterclass session is a mix of exciting sailing narrative and rich leadership insight. He gives attendees a highly applicable, business-relevant tools and take-aways that will help them create teams that will thrive in uncertainty.

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Leading a Team that Thrives in Uncertainty

Overview:

Brendan’s masterclass session is a mix of exciting sailing narrative and rich leadership insight.

He gives attendees a highly applicable, business-relevant tools and take-aways that will help them create teams that will thrive in uncertainty. With Brexit looming large on the horizon and industry disruption becoming the norm, how their business responds to uncertainty is a topic on every CEO’s mind.

Brendan’s objective is that attendees leave feeling inspired, reflective, and focused on making small, but powerful changes their leadership style and business culture using actionable tools.

Important Topics. Meaningful Reflections. Actionable Tools

Each section is 30 minutes speaking, followed by a 15 minute interactive element.

1.Emotional Intelligence: “Your attitude = Their attitude”

Reflections:

  • What is the ‘Mood Shadow’ I cast over my business? How do my team perceive me?
  • How do my words, tone and body language indicate when I’m at my best or at my worst?

Tool:

  • How to change my internal ‘self-talk’ when I’m at my worst.

2. Trust: “The trustworthiness of a business comes from the person leading the business”

Reflections:

  • How do I ‘do’ intimacy with my team, clients and suppliers? How do I ‘make it personal’?
  • What is the perception of my self-orientation? Is it undermining my trustworthiness?

Tool:

  • How to use the ‘Trust Equation’ to improve any trust deficits in my business.

3. Growth Mindset: “Develop a team culture without blame or fear, so the business learns the ‘hard lessons’….once”

Reflections:

  • How do I respond to failure, setbacks and disappointment?
  • What is the professional and reputational ‘cost’ for admitting mistakes my business culture?

Tool:

  • How to signpost a no-blame environment for feedback and debriefing.

4. Empowerment: “The role of a leader is not that of controlling puppet master, but that of a crafter of culture – to truly allow others to step up”

Reflections:

  • How am I going to ‘loosen the control strings’ as a leader?
  • Where am I worried there is not enough competence to warrant greater autonomy?

Tool:

  • How to use the linguistic trick of ‘returning questions unanswered’ to empower others.

Leading a Team that Thrives in Uncertainty

Brendan’s masterclass session is a mix of exciting sailing narrative and rich leadership insight. He gives attendees a highly applicable, business-relevant tools and take-aways that will help them create teams that will thrive in uncertainty.

Read more

Leading a Team that Thrives in Uncertainty

Overview:

Brendan’s masterclass session is a mix of exciting sailing narrative and rich leadership insight.

He gives attendees a highly applicable, business-relevant tools and take-aways that will help them create teams that will thrive in uncertainty. With Brexit looming large on the horizon and industry disruption becoming the norm, how their business responds to uncertainty is a topic on every CEO’s mind.

Brendan’s objective is that attendees leave feeling inspired, reflective, and focused on making small, but powerful changes their leadership style and business culture using actionable tools.

Important Topics. Meaningful Reflections. Actionable Tools

Each section is 30 minutes speaking, followed by a 15 minute interactive element.

1.Emotional Intelligence: “Your attitude = Their attitude”

Reflections:

  • What is the ‘Mood Shadow’ I cast over my business? How do my team perceive me?
  • How do my words, tone and body language indicate when I’m at my best or at my worst?

Tool:

  • How to change my internal ‘self-talk’ when I’m at my worst.

2. Trust: “The trustworthiness of a business comes from the person leading the business”

Reflections:

  • How do I ‘do’ intimacy with my team, clients and suppliers? How do I ‘make it personal’?
  • What is the perception of my self-orientation? Is it undermining my trustworthiness?

Tool:

  • How to use the ‘Trust Equation’ to improve any trust deficits in my business.

3. Growth Mindset: “Develop a team culture without blame or fear, so the business learns the ‘hard lessons’….once”

Reflections:

  • How do I respond to failure, setbacks and disappointment?
  • What is the professional and reputational ‘cost’ for admitting mistakes my business culture?

Tool:

  • How to signpost a no-blame environment for feedback and debriefing.

4. Empowerment: “The role of a leader is not that of controlling puppet master, but that of a crafter of culture – to truly allow others to step up”

Reflections:

  • How am I going to ‘loosen the control strings’ as a leader?
  • Where am I worried there is not enough competence to warrant greater autonomy?

Tool:

  • How to use the linguistic trick of ‘returning questions unanswered’ to empower others.

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