Every new beginning brings along a specific desire and motivation for change, improvement and novelty. Whether it be a new job, a new city or even the new year, we tend to be looking for inspiration in the upcoming possibilities.
Now it seems that we are heading toward a time when the importance of motivation and engagement at work are, again, at a new level. Maintaining these essential qualities at work is deeply rooted in teamwork, psychological safety, engagement and trust. In this newsletter we highlight some of our most sought-after motivational speakers who a bound to aid you in kicking off the new year with a highly motivated team, inspired and equipped to perform as best they can.
“Many of our actions are limited
by barriers we’ve created in our minds”
“They say culture eats strategy for breakfast, but rather than give in to its hunger, why not aim for a culture of high-performance that supports your strategy?” -Ted Burk
Ted Burk believes in the power of communication, story-telling and high-performance teams to challenge and exceed expectations in any industry. Ted’s Navy career took him around the world from the flight deck to the Pentagon. Each assignment revealing different clues to understanding the secrets of high-performance teams. How does TOPGUN produce world-class pilots year after year for over half a century? Under pressure and against all odds, how do some teams consistently out-perform others and maintain a culture that produces high-performance?
More importantly, how can we develop a culture like that? In his keynote speeches Ted answers these questions and shares vivid, engaging stories from the cockpit to the boardroom: unpacking the hidden keys of high-performance.
Dr. Karen Nyberg is an engineer, retired NASA astronaut, and artist who, through nearly thirty years of experience in human spaceflight, has gained an appreciation for the value of working within and across diverse political ideologies, cultural values, and world views to advance critical missions.
Through her life stories, Karen will explain how setting goals, building the right teams and perseverance can make anything happen. She is an accomplished astronaut who flew two space missions and holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering. During her career Karen found a way to parent her small child from space while living on the ISS and gained first hand knowledge of the importance of communication in a socially distanced world.
Patrick “Pata” Degerman
“A lot of our actions are limited by barriers we’ve created in our mind, but we can learn to ignore them, because they’re not real. You shouldn’t hold yourself back just because an idea seems impossible at first. We’re doing things today that seemed impossible fifty years ago! Remember that a new idea is never good, unless you share it.” –Pata Degerman
Patrick “Pata” Degerman is a professional explorer who has planned and led many expeditions, which have taken him from the extremely cold polar areas to the deepest jungles of our world. Nine of these expeditions have been to unexplored areas. In addition to this Pata has climbed over 200 mountains which 22 have been first ascents.
In his incredibly energetic and inspirational speeches, Pata draws on the many parallels between how high-achieving companies succeed and how well an expeditionary team performs. According to Pata, two factors go a long way in determining the success of any team; good planning and trust. In addition to trusting the team it is important for the team members to feel trusted by others and trust themselves.
Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, from both its north and south sides. Her first ascent of Everest happened in the midst of the chaotic events that form of the basis of the ‘true story’ behind the Hollywood movie Everest. Cathy shares her insights about individuals and teams under intense stress in the face of overwhelming challenge with her corporate audiences. Her stories touch on themes of importance to anyone trying to run successful projects and get the best out of people. Cathy also helps businesses to tackle an uncertain world by learning to think like an explorer and she utilises the latest technology to gain audience participation in the expedition decision making process.
During his expeditions all around the world, Alastair Humphreys has travelled through more than 80 countries by bicycle, boat and on foot. In addition to his major adventures, Alastair has created an award-winning, more realistic concept of microadventures – short, adventurous journeys close to home – encourage people to take practical steps to challenge themselves. “Everyone should Microadventure!” -Sir Richard Branson
Alaistair’s presentations are inspiring, funny and challenging. His expeditions provide a spectacular, original case study of self-motivation, setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals, the rewards of risk and teamwork, the power of story-telling, overcoming difficult times and self-doubt, the magnificence of our world, and a call to arms that nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it.
I had two choices – and I chose to live.
Shahrzad Kiavash was 28 years old, happy and healthy when she suddenly got an unusual form of sepsis (blood poisoning). The doctors gave her a minimal chance to survive. She did survive, miraculously. But she lost her two legs. This didn’t stop Shahrzad, but rather gave her the mental and physical resilience and strenght to eventually become a paralympic athlete. Shahrzad Kiavash tells a truly inspirational story and her lecture is about being brave, setting challenging goals, finding your self and making the impossible possible.