Adam Tuffnell

Professional round the world yachtsman

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Few people will face life threatening multiple disasters in their lifetime. Fewer still have the expertise to dissect those disasters in order to understand how their leadership contributed to survival. As a professional round the world yachtsman and with his background in psychology, Adam Tuffnell is able to deliver just this. His four tenets of Teamwork, Leadership, Communication and Fun translate highly effectively from offshore to office and are designed to be applied in any business situation. Adam Tuffnell will show you how to find this balance.

Throughout his 20-year sailing career, Adam Tuffnell has sailed in some of the most hostile environments on the planet, ranging from the freezing wilderness of the Southern Ocean through to the debilitating humidity of the tropics.

He is one of a select group of sailors who have circumnavigated the world against prevailing winds and currents, a feat which until recently was considered impossible. He has faced hurricanes, collisions, flooding and the emergency medical evacuation of a crewmate.

Adam has also built a successful sailing school and trained future Round-the- World racing crews from zero-experience to a state of ocean-going readiness. His energy and passion for sailing was formed as a child in small dinghies and ‘globalised' through racing the BT Global Challenge, in 2000.

As a graduate in Psychology and Philosophy and an accomplished sailor, Adam has unique insight into the practical applications of effective leadership and team development within the challenging environments of open-water and the corporate office.

Speech Topics

Adam’s presentation is an engaging and challenging review which references both real life experience of disaster and famous tragedies in order to assess the role of critical failures and successes of leadership in the outcome of these situations.

• Teamwork
• Communication
• Leadership
• Fun

Illustrating the importance of the four tenets through his own significant experience and by reviewing well-known disasters with an expert eye, Adam discusses what lessons we can all learn about team dynamics and how we can avert disasters in our personal and professional lives.

Adam presents a keen understanding of facets of leadership as tested and proven in extreme conditions including:
• Value of feelings and sharing them in tensioned environment
• Leadership under extreme pressure
• Importance of conscious management of core components
of team leadership
• Transparency in situational awareness — be honest with the troops
• The importance of deciding, rather than trying, to succeed

This presentation bridges the gap between offshore and office to
demonstrate how to:
• Challenge the 'norm' of observations and conclusions
• Solve problems from within the team environment
• Ensure the accountability of decision making processes
• Manage team dynamics

Whilst on the water, Adam creates a learning environment for business leaders, which illustrates that ‘experience is what you learn, just after you most needed it'. Time on the water naturally creates unique situations, which invariably require unique solutions. Adam communicates how this adaptive thinking process can be applied in practice.


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Considering booking Adam Tuffnell for your event? You may find the following client testimonials and comments helpful. To enquire further about Adam Tuffnell for corporate and private bookings, click here or call us on +44 (0)1372 361 004.

I've worked with Adam Tuffnell on a number of occasions with different businesses both in his capacity as a skipper and in more formal speaking settings. Adam is able to bring to bare his experience as a psychologist, businessman and a professional sailor to deliver a highly educational training package. The overall results are as outstanding as they are unique.

John Regan, Angel Investor

Adam delivers a considered, focused presentation that challenges preconceptions on leadership and invites the audience to reflect upon their own styles and effectiveness in a compelling way. On the water, Adam creates a learning environment that helps teams develop collectively and to react as an effective group to overcome challenges that are very different from most people's day-to-day experience.

Jonathan Burrows, MD Ask4 Group

I just wanted to thank Adam for supporting our event yesterday. Adam's presentation was just what we needed to kick-start our new programme and very well-received. Please pass on our sincere thanks to Adam – he certainly gave us food for thought, very far removed from day to day life in Higher Education!

Kim Newton-Woof - OD Consultant, University of Southampton

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