Into the Storm

Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race

 Into the Storm

Author: Dennis N.T. Perkins
Pub Date: November 2012
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814431986
Page Count: 288
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814431603

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About the Authors


Dennis N.T. Perkins is Chief Executive Officer of The Syncretics Group, a consulting firm devoted to effective Leadership in demanding environments--especially those characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapid change.

Dr. Perkins has worked for over twenty-five years as an advisor to senior leaders in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to nonprofit associations. A graduate of the United States Annapolis, he served as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam. He subsequently received his MBA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in psychology at The University of Michigan.

While a faculty member at the Yale University School of Management, he developed a breakthrough leadership approach based on the study of groups facing The Edge — the outer limits of human endurance. By studying The Edge, Dr. Perkins believes, “leaders can learn what it takes to help their organizations achieve their greatest potential. And they can remember these principles when they are stretched, stressed, and challenged to the limit.”

Dr. Perkins’ passion to understand The Edge has taken him to disparate places — to Antarctica, where he retraced the footsteps of famed explorer, Ernest Shackleton; and to Australia, where he sailed with the crew of the Midnight Rambler, winners of the challenging 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race. He subsequently completed the 700-mile race, often called the "Everest" of offshore racing, as a crew member on a Volvo 60 racing boat.

Dr. Perkins has written extensively on leadership and effectiveness. He is the author of Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition second edition recently published by AMACOM; Racing Through the Storm: Building Exceptional Teams in Extraordinary Times; Using the Power of Resonant Metaphor to Increase Leadership Effectiveness; and Managing Creation: The Challenge of Building a New Organization. His newest book is Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race.

Jillian Murphy is Director of Client Services at The Syncretics Group. She has worked with senior executives in a broad range of organizations, including Walmart, American General, Symetra, and HT Media.

Jillian has experience in conducting assessment interviews, preparing feedback reports, and coaching leaders to help them achieve the highest level of performance. Jillian has also done extensive work with teams, facilitating a development process designed to help them realize their full potential.

She is co-author of the article Using the Power of Resonant Metaphor to Increase Leadership Effectiveness, and contributor to Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race.

Jillian graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut and received her MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of New Haven. She has studied, worked, and volunteered extensively in Cape Town, South Africa and coordinated the Honors Study Abroad Program for the University of Connecticut. She also has significant research experience and has worked with the Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa, the African National Congress Women’s League, and the Department of Epidemiology and Health at Yale University.

In her free time, Jillian enjoys running and ran in the 2011 New York City Marathon. She is now training for the Ragnar Relay Race - an overnight, 200 mile race, that she’ll complete with a team.

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