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Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney-to-Hobart Ocean Race
 
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Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney-to-Hobart Ocean Race [Format Kindle]

Dennis N.T. Perkins , Jillian B. Murphy

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The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is among the most demanding sailing competitions in the world. Unpredictable seas make the 628-nautical-mile course grueling under the best conditions, but the 1998 race proved to be the most perilous to date when a sudden and violent storm struck. Winds gusted over 100 mph and monstrous 80-foot waves towered over boat masts. Six sailors perished and another 55 were saved in what became the largest search and rescue operation in Australia’s history.
In the face of turmoil and tragedy, a crew of “amateur” sailors piloted their tiny vessel, the AFR Midnight Rambler, not only to the finish but to overall victory. While bigger, better-equipped yachts attempted to maneuver around the storm, Ed Psaltis and his crew made the daring decision to head directly into its path. Their triumph—perhaps even their survival—owes itself to an extraordinary level of teamwork: an alchemy of cooperation, trust, planning, and execution.
Into the Storm chronicles their nearly four-day ordeal and draws parallels to the world of business, revealing 10 critical strategies for teamwork at the edge. Illustrated with examples from the story and compelling case studies, the book sheds light on what teams need to do to succeed in tough times. Finally, Into the Storm provides resources and tools to support teams as they navigate the chaotic seas of business today.

Quatrième de couverture

The iconic Sydney to Hobart Race, a 723-mile deepwater challenge—often called the “Everest” of offshore ocean racing—is considered one of the toughest in the world. Unpredictable weather and seas make each race demanding, but in 1998, an unexpected “weather bomb” hit the fleet, creating 80-foot waves and 100-mile-per-hour winds.

Many bigger, better-equipped boats tried to maneuver around the storm, but the crew of the AFR Midnight Rambler chose to head directly into its path. After battling mountainous waves and hurricane-force winds in the Bass Strait, the tiny 35-foot boat arrived safely in Hobart, 3 days and 16 hours later—winning the coveted Tattersall’s Cup.

What were the factors underlying this incredible achievement? Into the Storm recounts the story of the Ramblers’ stunning victory, and the teamwork that made it possible—revealing powerful lessons for success in today’s demanding business environment. Illustrated with examples from the story and compelling case studies, this riveting adventure story provides effective methods you can use to:

Cut through the noise of the wind and waves. Inventive methods of communication enabled the Ramblers to stay cohesive in spite of deafening wind and waves. What can your team do when flooded by e-mails, voice mails, conflicting demands, and other distractions?

Remove all excuses for failure. One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Rambler crew was their focus on careful preparation. The crew spent hours practicing maneuvers so they could do them in the toughest conditions—in rough seas, and at night. Winning teams devote extensive time and energy to preparation, leaving nothing to chance.

Deal with the things that slow you down. Conflict is a natural occurrence in any group, but it can be productive when managed appropriately. The Ramblers’ tale of survival reveals techniques for dealing with the stress and tension that impair team performance.

The Ramblers’ success resulted from an extraordinary blend of collaboration, trust, planning, and execution. Into the Storm equips you with the tools to overcome daunting odds and win your team trophy.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Lessons in Teamwork 26 janvier 2013
Par Steve Neiderhauser - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
If you're going through hell, keep going.
-- Winston Churchill

Author Dennis Perkins pens his latest leadership book, Into the Storm. The author tells the story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart sailboat race in a concise and entertaining fashion. I found myself flying through page after page to see how the story ends.

The author paints a picture of turbulent storm conditions: 80 foot waves and 105-mile-an-hour winds. While many boats decided to sail around the storm, the crew of the AFR Midnight Rambler choose to head into the storm and sail through it.

The decision to go through the storm along with the crew's talent and teamwork enabled the Rambler's team to beat professional sailers on larger and better funded boats.

After studying the treacherous 1998 race -- and the Midnight Rambler's journey of victory --Mr Perkins delivers enlightened lessons on teamwork and self organizing teams.

The author divides the book into two main parts. The story, and the strategies for teamwork at the edge. The teamwork section refers to examples from the story to reinforce concepts. Mr. Perkins' concept of self organizing teams aligns with concepts from the world of Agile software development.

The author is spot on with his view of self organizing teams, their need to practice and create real options. He also debunks the notion that teams can simply grow and organize without leadership. Teams need a leader. Teams need a skipper.

The author describes several strategies for teamwork. Let's look at two of them.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Teams facing challenges need to prepare for every contingency.

The Rambler had multiple systems in place for planning and preparation. While the skipper is focused on steering, other crew members are thinking about sea conditions and the next leg of the race.

Successful teams master the art of bifocal vision. They have the ability to focus on current challenges while preparing for longer-term opportunities. They know how to prepare and race at the same time.

Agile Development teams know how to plan and sprint at the same time. During a two-week development sprint, they also prepare the product backlog for the next sprint. Being Agile is a trait that even the Marine Corp embraces.

The author tells the story of the US Marines assault on Fallujah in the fall of 2004. After several days of intense fighting, the battle was not going as planned. About the battle, General Richard Natonski said, "Plans very seldom survive their first contact with the enemy. Fallujah was no different."

What was different? The planning team had prepared a contingency plan. Like a quarterback calling an audible, General Natonski dialed up the new plan and won the battle of Fallujah.

To capture the spirit of flexibility, General Richard Natonski uses the phrase, "Semper Gumby." Gumby was a sixties flexible clay cartoon character who could be twisted in any manner imaginable.

For the Marines, Semper Gumby means always flexible.

And having flexible systems increases the team's speed and creative capacity.

Tenacious Creativity

Teams that win under extreme conditions share two qualities: determination and creativity. Innovation comes not from a brain trust seated in Semi Valley, instead the team doing the work sparks a new idea.

Under adverse and limiting conditions, the crew of the Midnight Rambler often invented ways to continue racing. When they lost a wind instrument, they created a device to detect wind speeds. The crew was determined to finish a race or win the whole thing by innovating.

Ed Psaltis, skipper of the Rambler, said this about the team's attitude, "There is always another move, and another option."

Summary

I've briefly touched on two of ten strategies for teamwork. After reading the book, I thought about how much the strategies could help Agile teams, or anyone who believed in the power of teams. This is one of the few books I've found that gives practical advice for leading self organizing teams.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Into the Storm - two books in one! 7 juin 2013
Par Daniel R. Murphy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Title and Author: Into the Storm by Dennis N. T. Perkins with Jillian B. Murphy

Synopsis of Content:

Two books in one, Into the Storm is a thrilling account of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race and especially the challenges faced by the amateur crew of the AFR Midnight Rambler, a small 35 foot yacht that won the race. In the second part of the book the author analyzes the team dynamics of the winning boat and those that lost. From this analysis the authors provide excellent lessons on how to form a team, manage a team and the team dynamics that work best, especially when the team is faced with an extremely demanding challenge.

At its best the Sydney to Hobart race, in Open Ocean, from Sydney, Australia to Hobart, Tasmania, some 732 statutory miles, is a grueling challenge in sailing. It requires the best prepared boats and teams, the highest caliber of sailing skill and the most effective team work. At its worst this race is deadly. The 1998 race was unique in that the boats sailed into a hurricane they did not expect and faced extreme peril. Of the 115 boats participating only 44 reached the finish line. Twenty-five sailors were washed over board and seven died. Fifty-five sailors were rescued. It was the largest sea rescue in Australian history.

The crews that stayed in the race were faced with over 36 hours of bruising conditions. The waves reached 100 feet and winds exceeded 100 knots. The overall race winner, the AFR Midnight Rambler, accomplished what larger boats and professional sailors were not able to due to the remarkable team work.

In the second part of the book the authors discuss the ten prime lessons of team work that made the AFR Midnight Rambler a survivor and a winner. These lessons can be of great value to any team even those not faced with a life threatening challenge.

Usefulness:

Anyone who works with other people, anyone who is part of any kind of team and anyone who depends on a team working effectively will benefit from reading this book. While most readers will never face the challenge this race provided the lessons in team work taught will benefit every team no matter what the challenge.

Readability/Writing Quality:

This book is very well written. The first part is a fast paced page-turner that is entertaining, educational and inspiring. The second part provides useful analysis that is easy to understand but not over simplified.

Notes on Author:
Dennis N. T. Perkins, author of Leading at The Edge, is CEO of Syncretics Group. His group serves as consultants to helping leaders succeed. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Jillian B. Murphy is Director of Client Services at Syncretics and works as an executive coach.

Related Website:

http://www.syncreticsgroup.com/

Three Great Ideas You Can Use:

1. Make the team the rock star. High profile sailors are often given special privileges on boats and they are called rock stars. Treating individual team members this way can have a negative effect on team cohesiveness and effectiveness. Making the entire team a unit and making all members equally important contributes to team success.

2. Extreme preparation for any challenge is the first essential. When the team believes they have prepared enough they need to prepare even more. Nothing can be over looked and nothing can be assumed.

3. Effectiveness at "the Edge" requires Relentless Learning by the entire team. It requires continuous innovation and improvement of skills and methods. In the highly competitive world where teams operate today this principle is essential.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Can you make it through the storm of life, work, etc? 10 juillet 2013
Par Book Him Danno - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Ostensibly this is the tail of a boat race. A boat race that headed straight into a perfect storm of destruction. It details the plight of Captain Ed Psaltis and his crew aboard the Midnight Rambler as they competed in the famed Sydney to Hobart race. With great peril to their own lives they not only attacked the storm but became the overall winner of the race; a feat not typically accomplished by a small boat.

Now I am someone who gets motion sick on something as simple as a ferris wheel, the thought of ever going on a boat (even in calm waters) is nauseating. Even so I found the tenacity of the crew fascinating, especially as they faced challenges. You should recognize the classic business book/case study with this scenario. A small yet determined crew against all odds, conditions that set back lesser teams, were able to overcome and achieve the ultimate success. You begin to see where our author is coming from with this story. He analyzed the entire race and several of the boats with their crews, and was able to distill down ten principles which allowed our heroes to conquer the field. These same principles when applied to any aspect of your life, especially business, will also allow you to succeed too.

I won't go into them all but I will share one little side story that seems to be indicative of the whole project. While preparing for the race the Captain had a crew member disassemble, clean, and reassemble the cook stove in the boat. It was a time consuming process and not really that easy to complete, but especially when you consider on a four day race they wouldn't be using the stove even once. It came down to knowing your ship completely and the discipline to follow orders without delay. When in a time of crisis everyone needs to work together as a team to get things done quickly. Any delays in this process, especially when 80 foot waves are crashing down on you, can lead to accidents and death. So this act let the crew know that there will be no shortcuts on this boat and we all will work together, always. If you can't then we will need to replace you.

And so goes the whole book, taking the small microcosm of the Midnight Rambler as she battled the storm and race, and then teaching you the principles it takes to make it through. An enjoyable read that almost makes me want to try sailing too (almost, but not quite; but that is still a huge compliment in my weak stomach case). You will learn a few pointers that can help any endeavor you may wish to participate in.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A practical guide based on a real life team success story 9 juin 2013
Par Hector AA - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Being myself a sailing enthusiastic the title and sub title were naturally attractive for me. I enjoyed the technical explanations around ocean sailing and the second part is a practical guide on how to apply the sailing lessons on the working environment. I sure will read it a couple of times again.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 6 juillet 2014
Par william mcpartlon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Good read
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