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Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race Hardcover – Illustrated, November 1, 2012
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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
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.
- Publisher : AMACOM; Illustrated edition (November 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0814431984
- ISBN-13 : 978-0814431986
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book might appeal to many people who desire to improve their management and personnel selection but I think it might actually help budding researchers in human factors, I/O psychology, management, and such to generate interesting hypotheses about what makes good teams and poor teams.
On a more personal note:
In many instances, I saw how the dysfunctional nature of academia comes to light in adverse conditions. None of us were selected or trained to work as one so we all act in our own interests and jeopardize the team's success. No wonder academics (and I am one) are laughed at in industry. We have no clue how to work together. Even my own lab suffers from these same pitfalls. This book helped me chunk together in some words and ideas what might be wrong and what I might be able to do to change my lab's functioning. Am I a true believer? Hardly. I found these ideas to be good starting points to investigate; you might find the same thing.
Recently I acquired and read “Into the Storm” by Perkins and Murphy. The book traces the continued success of the crew of AFR Midnight Rambler over a period of years in a number of yachts. The authors are organisational psychologists who have written extensively of Teamwork at the Edge in particular of performance under peril.
Part 1 of the book features a description of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race which resulted in the loss of six lives due to the extreme conditions. This race has been covered by a number of authors but this version is exceptional. It focuses on AFR Midnight Rambler and its crew and on the other yachts that were lost, severely damaged or lost crew. The description of the rescues by helicopter is enthralling, particularly the part describing the rescues performed by twp young relatively inexperienced female paramedics. To me it was an emotional experience just reading about it. The authors describe the tactics employed by the crew of AFR Midnight Rambler to sail into the storm rather than with it, which was the tactic employed by many of the yachts that found themselves in difficulty.
Part 2 of the book uses the metaphor of the yacht in peril to discuss the requirements of an ideal yacht crew and extends this to suggest how organisations can adopt the lessons gained from the success of AFR Midnight Rambler. Teamwork is the key word here. The book stresses the need for preparation of the yacht, the selection of crew, the need for commitment, the need for adequate practice, the ability to recover quickly from setbacks, and the never give up attributes needed for success. Obviously, factors that apply to any successful organisation.
Overall, an excellent read for an experienced yachtsperson.
Get this book- it's a great read even if you're not a sailor- it may make you want to become one, perhaps don't start with the Sydney to Hobart!
The author has done a great job in bringing all the facts and statements from the race together into a living and exciting documentary on paper. He definitely did his homework with the research he completed before writting the book. It is an up close and personal third person vision of the people and problems involved with this particular race that claimed so many lives.
After the events of the race the author delves into the premise of why he actually wrote the book...teamwork. If you are in a management position in any firm then this second part of the book will be a bonus for you. If not then it will still be a bonus but in ones individual way of how to work with others.