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Team Spirit: Life and leadership on one of the world's toughest yacht…

by Brendan Hall

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Super book on leadership, on sailing. Key message is persistence. I'd like to have this book in hard copy! ( )
  jvgravy | Jun 15, 2015 |
It's fair to say that with Brendan Hall's Team Spirit there are no great surprises, you get what you would expect.
The book is well written, sensitive to the many and varied characters making up his team being mostly amateur sailors of varied experience, pooled from all walks of civilian life, and equally so to his competitors. The descriptive passages of the conditions encountered at sea, and the physical and mental challenges put the reader in his shoes in an understated way, Hall is not one for over dramatising or for bragging, and is willing to acknowledge mistakes and weaknesses, and it is how these are recognised and dealt with that will make him a great team leader and ultimately victorious.
He also does not overdo the nautical terminology so ensuring the book will have a wider appeal than for those solely interesting in sea racing or team sports in general.
Whilst the book is mostly an interesting journal there is the aspect that it also has a focus on the leadership lessons and there is a summary of these are the end of each section, which reads like corporate conference or bonding exercises. This of course is entirely intentional as the book is aimed as much at that market as at the adventure reader.
Hall manages to achieve both but is very close to overdoing the business emphasis which can become a little repetitive.
Perhaps the most interesting phase of the book comes when, with Hall's Spirit of Australia storming away on a winning streak, all competitive urges are suspended to assist another boat and its crew in desperate, and life threatening trouble.
Team Spirit works as a business guide and as real life adventure read, and so should have a life well beyond the immediate afterglow of the sporting triumph.
I was very pleased to receive Team Spirit as a GoodReads Giveaway and to offer a considered review in return. ( )
  DekeDastardly | Dec 8, 2013 |
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SAILING. Team Spirit is a gripping account of a race on the edge, and a young skipper's determined journey to victory. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the ultimate long distance challenge - a 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts - and the winners are those who keep their focus the longest. The 2010 winner was 28-year-old Brendan Hall and his crew in Spirit of Australia. Although Brendan was the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, the win was no accident - it was the culmination of years of training, skilled navigation and a leadership style way beyond his years. His leadership skills were soon put to the test - in the middle of a North Pacific hurricane, Brendan went to the rescue of an injured skipper on a competing yacht and skippered both boats across one of the most feared oceans in the world.… (more)

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