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Perkins

Dennis N.T. Perkins is the author of Into the Storm and Leading at The Edge. He is CEO of The Syncretics Group, a consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders and teams thrive under conditions of adversity, uncertainty and change. Follow Dennis on Twitter @DNTP

Jillian B. Murphy is co-author of Into the Storm and Leading at The Edge, and Director of Client Services at The Syncretics Group. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut, and works with senior executives in organizations throughout the world. Jillian's focus is on helping leaders and teams achieve their greatest potential. She is a dynamic keynote speaker who has been featured at numerous conferences and client events. Follow her on Twitter @jbmurf

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An Interview with Dennis Perkins:

1. What first sparked your interest in the story of the AFR Midnight Rambler? How did your fascination with the winners of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race evolve into a book about teamwork, INTO THE STORM? 2. Tell us about the Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. Would you explain why "the Hobart" has earned a reputation as the "Everest" of ocean racing? 3. In 1998, as you vividly chronicle in INTO THE STORM, the Hobart turned from demanding to extremely dangerous. Would you describe the effects of the weather bomb that struck the boats as they were racing down the coast of Australia? 4. Tell us about the Ramblers -- skipper Ed Psaltis and the other six crew on Midnight Rambler. Would you name a couple of outstanding qualities of these amateur sailors as competitive racers and as teammates? 5. In INTO THE STORM, you explore strategies that sealed the Midnight Rambler's triumph as Overall Race Winner of the 1998 Hobart. Why do you place the first priority on team unity? Would you share a tactic or two to help business teams excel, like the Ramblers, at making the team the rock star? 6. After team unity, you stress the imperative of preparation. In today's fast paced and ever changing business environment, how can teams plan ahead, with meticulous attention to details, and at the same time, be nimble and flexible? 7. Along with tracing the grueling course to victory for the Midnight Rambler, you recount the 1998 Hobart from the vantage of a formidable competitor, Sayonara -- Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison's huge, state-of-the-art yacht. How did Sayonara launch from the starting line with significant competitive advantages over the Midnight Rambler? How did Sayonara actually cross the finish line first, but ultimately lose the race? 8. Rather than attempt to maneuver around the danger, the Ramblers made a courageous decision to sail straight into the eye of the storm. In researching their story, were you surprised by this bold move? Do you have any advice to help teams separate a calculated risk from an act of recklessness? 9. Your research for INTO THE STORM went beyond digging into archives and conducting extensive interviews. Why did you feel compelled to do the Sydney to Hobart Race for yourself? What did you gain from the experience? Did you learn anything unexpected? 10. Among other core strategies for successful teamwork, you stress the importance of "balanced optimism" and "tenacious creativity." Would you give us an example of each strategy in practice in the workplace? 11. In INTO THE STORM, you state that, to do justice to the Midnight Rambler story, you needed to understand not only the Hobart, but also the Australian culture. What cultural hallmarks of Australians have you come to appreciate? Do Australians, famed for their rugged individualism, have a unique knack for collaboration? 12. You've traveled to Antarctica to follow the trailblazing path of Sir Ernest Shackleton for your bestselling book on leadership, Leading at The Edge. You've completed the Everest of ocean races for a firsthand experience of Teamwork at The Edge. What's next on the horizon for Dennis Perkins, the author and the adventurer?