"Totally captivating and extremely relevant."
Alan Chambers served with the Royal Marines in the most extreme climates, from the Arctic to the desert, the jungle and remote mountain ranges. Then, after years of planning, preparation and fundraising, he led the first British team to walk without any support services from Canada to the Geographic North Pole.
The walk on ice lasted a gruelling seventy days. Suffering near starvation and a dwindling fuel supply to cover 500 miles in the worst polar weather recorded in 100 years, they achieved what many said was impossible. It demanded an extraordinary level of commitment, focus and teamwork. Alan was awarded the MBE as a result.
Alan relates his experiences to business audiences with wonderful clarity, outlining how the values which helped them reach the North Pole apply in any competitive environment. He demonstrated this with the England rugby squad before their assault on the 2003 World Cup, and again two years later when he addressed the national cricket team before they went on to win the Ashes.
Alan now takes business leaders on polar expeditions. He believes in leading from behind, watching the team. His mantra revolves around meticulous preparations, taking tough decisions, managing emotions and questioning conventional thinking.
Alongside Ed Coats, Alan Chambers is planning to close the chapter on one of the most famous ever endeavours - following in Captain Scott's footsteps..
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Watching the team, managing setbacks
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JLA: What motivates you?
AC: Passing my knowledge down the chain to the next generation. Concerns about climate change are very real and I am working towards doing educational base expeditions. It's not just about personal dreams any more.
JLA: What can a corporate audience learn from your experiences?
AC: Companies want leadership qualities within the workplace. There are great parallels between the corporate world and the arctic climate. It's about project leadership through adversity.
JLA: Is it important to have defining roles in the workplace?
AC: People should be able to do other people's jobs. Most people don't have a clue about what their colleagues do. It all boils down to communication!