Every Tuesday morning, I review a book that I read recently. If you missed any, you can read past reviews here. This week’s book is Into the Storm (kindle version) by Dennis Perkins. I reviewed his first book Leading at the Edge here.
From the author:
Into the Storm looks at 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.
Perkins points out 10 things leaders and teams can learn from journey:
- Make the team a rock star versus making an individual a rock star.
- Remove all excuses for failure.
- Find and focus on the winning scenario.
- Build a gun-ho culture of learning and innovation.
- Be willing to sail into the storm.
- Cut through the noise of the wind and the waves.
- Find ways to share the helm.
- Step up to conflict – and deal with the things that slow you down.
- Master the art of rapid recovery.
- Never give up-there’s always another move.
Like his last book, this one was fascinating. Perkins has an incredible writing style that pulls you right in. Great book on teamwork and leadership.