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

Dennis N.T. Perkins , Jillian B. Murphy
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Book Description

November 1, 2012
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.

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"It’s a nail biting adventure story combined with practical advice on how to build a winning team – whether it’s in sports, business or life." --Hike Bike Travel



"…effectively telling a story of how leaders can survive and win when they apply certain skills even in the most adverse conditions." --BlogCritics



"Startups need teamwork entering the perfect storm." --Martin Zwilling, Forbes.com



"...allows you to learn valuable leadership lessons as well as enjoy a gripping tale of an amazing adventure." --LifeTwo



“If you enjoy books that employ tales of extreme adventure to teach business lessons, you will find a lot of value in Into the Storm." --800 CEO Read



"This book is one that you cannot put down… I really liked the format - captivating adventure followed by lessons.” --CEO Blog



“Perkins has created a valuable and engaging guide for any team trying to navigate the treacherous waters of its own corner of the business world.” --Risk Management magazine



 “The thrilling story… is alone worth the time of reading this book but a reader is also treated to insightful leadership strategies…” --Enter Stage Right



"There are many books on building teamwork, but very few are as interesting and as effective as Into The Storm." --Inland Empire Business Journal



“Into the Storm is a truly great tale and wonderful read.” --Mainsheet, newsletter for San Diego Yacht Club



“...rich in lessons for anyone tasked with maintaining smooth, effective teamwork and delivering winning results in the unpredictable, turbulent waters of today's business environment." --Eric Jacobson, Leadership Blogger



“And while this is an epic story with great life lessons, it has plenty of intellectual capital, too.” --Life Insurance Selling



“…a heart-stopping tale of incredible teamwork…and the power of teamwork to prevail over uncertainty, adversity, and formidable competition.” --Guerrilla Project Management



“Anyone skippering a boat should buy this. Anyone involved in running a business should do likewise. I highly recommend it.” --Australian Sailing + Yachting Magazine



"… Perkins and Murphy draw up a list of strategies for 'teamwork at the edge' in sharing the burdens and, in the end, the rewards." --In the Black magazine



A Winner in the 2013 Small Business Book Awards in Leadership



"It is one of the most enjoyable team-building books I've read in a while…effective, compelling, and enjoyable..." --Facilities Manager



“…a clear and concise examination of the most effective team building principles for navigating successfully through times of crisis and adversity." --Blog Business World



"Perkins weaves an extraordinary tale of great leadership and team work... Ultimately it’s a book about human endeavour and well worth a read." --Marinews



"The inspiring story of this team is very applicable for any team enviornment. Into the Storm is a fun read disguised s a business book." --Networking Insights



“…excellent lessons on how to form a team, manage a team and the team dynamics that work best, especially when faced with an extremely demanding challenge.” --Serve to Lead



Winner of the Small Business Book Awards from Small Business Trends 2013

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Winner of the Small Business Book Awards from Small Business Trends 2013

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.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814431984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814431986
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Storm - two books in one! June 6, 2013
Format:Hardcover
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lessons in Teamwork January 26, 2013
Format:Hardcover
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.
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on team building
I have used points in this book during my military team building. This book has key questions that should be drafted in lol brown books
Published 23 days ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing. this guy not only did this race but ...
Dennis Perkins has captured some unique characteristics
of the famous boat race. amazing. this guy not only
did this race but retraced Ernest Shackleton's trip....
Published 1 month ago by tommy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
great book if you are in to sailing
Published 5 months ago by H Wisker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sailors will love it
Published 7 months ago by P. Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars A well written account of this race and the storm ...
A well written account of this race and the storm. Personally, I was looking for more 1st person narrative, but well done nevertheless.
Published 8 months ago by John Weinreich
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 8 months ago by william mcpartlon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!!! Learned a lot about teamwork and leadership!
Published 9 months ago by Hans
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertains while it instructs
The story is so engaging and exciting that I couldn't put it down. The lessons are clear but it reads like a novel so it entertains while it instructs.
Published 9 months ago by JTM
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story!
I enjoy books about the hazards of sailing in rough weather and unusual circumstances and the will to survive. This story certainly is all of that and more.
Published 10 months ago by Joel R. McManus
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Writing
This book was a great disappointment. "A Hard Choice" is a much better book about the Hobart race by a much better writer.
Published 12 months ago by Michael D. Flynn Jr.
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