Leading a Team through Uncertainty and Change with Brendan Hall

Round The World Yacht Race Winning Skipper

In 2009, Brendan skippered a racing yacht in the ultimate long-distance challenge, The Clipper Round the World Yacht race – a 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts.

Although Brendan was the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, his team and he won it in convincing fashion. They didn’t win because Brendan was the best sailor or strategist, but because he created the most engaged and empowered on-board culture, with a compelling vision, strong values, and a continuous-improvement mindset.

In this session, Brendan shares how to create a learning environment, where mistakes only happen once and how to effectively empower people when there’s a constant pressure to perform (and “I’ll just do it myself” syndrome kicks in).

Discover how to:

  • Create a no-blame culture
  • Give ‘speak up’ signals, not ‘shut up’ signals
  • Empower and entrust, employing the ‘right’ conversations

See the event flyer here.

On the day


Trent Vineyard Conference Centre, Easter Park Lenton Lane. Nottingham NG7 2PX


7.45 am – Registration and networking with tea, coffee and a light breakfast
8.15 am – Presentation starts
10.00 am – Finish

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to register?

Yes, please confirm your attendance at Events-Marketing@freemanclarke.co.uk

Who should attend?

This event is exclusively for CEOs, MDs, owners and key decision-makers of ambitious mid-market businesses.


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Enquire about this event

For more information and to apply to attend, please contact Events-Marketing@freemanclarke.co.uk