Leadership, Teamwork and Engagement in a VUCA World
In a world where technology, politics and social relationships are rapidly evolving, and where employee engagement levels are at all-time lows, the success of any leader – and their team – relies on the ability to be adaptable and embrace meaningful change.
This VUCA world, where Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity are the new norm, requires efficient decision-making and open and honest communication.
In this presentation, we’ll look at how to stay engaged and adapt to change when we’re pushed to the edge, where there’s no room for mistakes. I’ll deliver a compelling visual narrative through the lens of a practical and readily implementable Nine-Step Framework for Leadership, Teamwork and Engagement in a VUCA world.
Safety and Risk Management – Staying Alive in a VUCA World
How is climbing a mountain relevant to working at an LNG plant, iron ore mine or building construction site? The goal is to make it home safely at the end of each day.
Mountains are in a remote and harsh environment, with dangers lurking around every corner. Mountaineers live in one another’s pockets and endure potentially life-threatening conditions on a daily basis, then fly home and return to ‘normal’ life. Sound familiar?
Most people think that a climb finishes when you get to the top, but that’s not the case! Statistics show that 85% of mountaineering accidents happen on the descent, when complacency and fatigue creep in. It’s no different to the end of a work shift or 10-day FIFO roster – we can’t afford to lose concentration and drop the ball.
In this presentation I present safety in a positive and entertaining way, while reinforcing the importance of discipline versus the risk of complacency. You’ll learn about the framework I use for operating in VUCA environments, and you’ll leave feeling positive and ready for anything.
I took my Black Dog up a Mountain – an Inspirational Tale
Setting out to climb the world’s highest mountain is hard enough; setting out to do it as a way of learning about managing depression is something else altogether.
In this presentation, you’ll get a remarkable first-person perspective of the highs and lows of what it’s like to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, along with an understanding of what it takes to commit to and reach a goal like this while suffering from depression.
This engaging narrative includes stunning visuals captured from the highest points on earth. It culminates with footage of a very special phone call made from the summit to my family and friends back home.
Operation: Climb – a VUCA Simulation
In this presentation I take the key narrative of the Operation: Climb leadership and teamwork workshop, and compress it into an engaging, immersive and interactive 90-minute session that challenges the audience with the task of climbing a Himalayan giant.
Drawing on real-world footage filmed on location in the Himalayas in 2012, and using a smartphone app to enable group participation, audience members will play an integral role in decisions made as we approach and reach the summit of one of the world’s most technically challenging mountains.
This session is a fun, visual and inspiring way to get you truly engaged with the content, each other, and the VUCA concept, and ready to learn at your next annual conference or team-building day.
I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of fantastic clients from a range of different industries. Click on the highlighted logos to see what they have to say
“Patrick is an absolutely fantastic speaker. His experiences make him exceptionally well qualified to speak on leadership. He engages his audience in a highly creative manner and the feedback on his work is brilliant.”Australian Institute of Management WA
"Patrick provided the Australand WA business unit a very inspirational and revealing presentation on his past climbing adventures and his ultimate mountaineering experience in reaching the summit of Mount Everest in May 2010. Patrick’s story and the manner in which he spoke was honest and earnest, and he was also prepared to share some of his own personal feelings and thoughts which ensured an empathy of understanding for the risks and impacts this challenge placed on his soul. Patrick has a very down to earth persona and had a relaxed presentation style, which ensured connection with all age groups and backgrounds of staff, and as a result all staff were very engaged and keen to ask questions throughout the presentation. I am pleased to recommend Patrick’s presentation as his story was very motivational and promoted how resilience and personal commitment along with supportive and effective teamwork are the key in achieving your goals."Australand
"Pat recently presented to the staff here at Azure Capital. His story is inspirational, and his presentation was both interesting and highly entertaining. The quality of the photography and video taken on Everest is outstanding, and Pat is approachable, knowledgeable and presents in a very down-to-earth manner. His story left our team with a lasting impression of what can be achieved with detailed planning, a healthy approach to risk management and a passion to achieve your dreams. We'd strongly encourage anyone looking to hear a great Australian story to engage Pat."Azure Capital
"Patrick is an amazing yet humble individual and his story is truly inspiring. His presentation to the Bankwest Technology Leadership Group was well constructed and delivered in a unique way, where the audience could draw their own conclusions. Patrick's openness, honesty and willingness to share some of his own personal challenges makes his story all the more motivational. I would strongly recommend Patrick and his story of passion, teamwork, resilience and humility to any organisation. You won't be disappointed!"Bankwest
"Never before have I seen a guest speaker swamped with so many questions at the end of a presentation. Patrick's combination of images, video footage and honest story telling captivated our small audience. A motivational story showcasing the importance of knowing your limits and celebrating them. A truly memorable evening."BGC Contracting
"Patrick presented his ‘Leadership at the Edge’ program to our operational leadership team at a recent teambuilding workshop. He lead the team through a series of activities focusing on safety, risk management and teamwork, linking his experience as a mountaineer to the daily challenges faced by managers leading teams in the workplace. His presentation style and content was refreshing and visually engaging, and the presentation was thoroughly enjoyed by those who attended. I can highly recommend the presentation!"BHP Billiton Iron Ore
"Patrick provided a highly inspirational and motivating session for our Perth office. He had eighty people spellbound for an hour with the story of his adventure, and left us all with a better understanding of the challenges in our life, and the real meaning of achievement. Steve Harris, Managing Director, The Brand Agency"
"Patrick provided inspiring motivational talks to our workforce. He captivated the audience and helped them to appreciate that any goal can be achieved with the right planning and mind set. He linked his talk to our safety program and compliemented the message and culture we are trying to instil in our workforce."Decmil Australia
"While attending Patrick's presentation, I found myself laughing a lot, being sad at times but mainly being just in awe...Since the presentation I have found myself using the word tired less often, and as for the word exhausted I decided to rip it off my repertoire because I believe that if you too listened to Patrick's inspiring and profound story you will not only have a sense of humbleness but very much of admiration on how individuals can be motivated and overcoming their fatigue to reach their goal....their dreams...their dreamed goals. Beware: bring an oxygen mask and a jumper as I breathed with difficulty and was cold just by watching the video of the adventure on the screen... to summarise: if you need an uplifting story of never giving up and following your dreams. Patrick's story is the one!"Fugro Surveyors
"KPMG Advisory - utilised the professional speaking services of Patrick Hollingworth to present to our forensic team. Patrick's verbal and visual presentation not only inspired the entire team, it changed the way they view challenges they face in both their corporate and personal lives. Patrick's presentation and visual enhancements capture and clearly deliver his Mt Everest achievement in a very humbling and professional manner. I recommend Patrick as Professional Speaker to any Corporate; his story will inspire your target audience whether it be a small client group, Board of Directors or whole Company."KPMG
"Patrick provided the keynote speech for the graduation of the Landgate Future Leaders Program. Patrick's inspirational story of his own journey climbing Mt Everest and his effective model of leadership was the perfect way to conclude our program. Patrick’s presentation was engaging and made a genuine connection with our staff, allowing them to see how they can use the leadership model to build on the experience of the future leaders program to help them in seeking out their own challenges. "Department of Lands
"A truly life changing journey told by a person with passion, drive, discipline and the ultimate level of human endeavor and focus, which left me with a better understanding of what it takes to summit the highest point in the world, & the cost of being… closer to God! "Landmark
"Patrick's presentation was inspiring. His story of commitment, persistence and tenacity is relevant to all. We really appreciated the presentation and our staff here were very happy to have seen it. We would highly recommend engaging him to speak."Lavan Legal
"Thankyou for a truly inspiring presentation at the Lotterywest staff conference. People were still talking about it a week later, and how they can apply the lessons they have learned from your story in their life and work - even if they personally are unlikely to actually climb Everest! It was an enormous achievement on your part - clearly requiring the utmost personal discipline. Thankyou for telling the story so well and so humbly."Lotterywest
"Patrick delivered two outstanding presentations to students, staff and parents at our school. While his achievement in climbing Mount Everest is significant in itself, it was the manner in which he presented this endeavour which was most notable. Patrick integrated various visual media (video, photos, Internet) into his presentation and compliments this with a well structured and absorbing narration. Numerous members of the audience later commented that it was the best speaking engagement that they had attended. It was also pleasing to see Patrick make himself available after the presentations had concluded to answer individual questions and meet audience members."Melbourne Grammar School
"I arranged Patrick to present his “Leadership on the Edge” presentation to a group of 25 Businesses Executives in Perth. The presentation we experienced far exceeded our expectations. The journey Patrick took us on from having a vision and goal setting, planning and preparing for the journey and practicing resilience was really well received by the attendees. The consistent themes of getting outside the comfort zone, having belief in the team goal and vision overcoming challenges were all relevant to our environment and Patrick easily made the linkage between conquering Everest and conquering our workplace. Throughout the presentation, with the exceptional photography and video footage, I felt like were part of the of the whole Everest adventure which made Patrick’s presentation and the themes even more compelling. There were too many questions to be put to Patrick, who was good enough to stick around after the allotted time to answer them all. Post presentation I received much positive feedback from the Executives who attended, who all found it to be inspirational and educational presentation. I would not hesitate to get Patrick involved in future Leadership seminars."NAB
"I first saw Patrick present at ROC (Rotary of Crawley) and he was outstanding. I immediately approached him to present to the Nova 93.7 team. He was honest, enthralling and most of all real. His story is compelling and inspiring. Don't just think about hiring Patrick, do it! "Nova
"I utilised Patrick's services during our recent Team Planning Day. As a keynote speaker he kept the team engaged with his true life experience of climbing the worlds highest mountains. He strategically applied his six key actions to our business action plan. I have recommended Patrick as a keynote speaker to several of my clients as well as other state offices. Often our team refers to Patrick's key action model (Vison, Engagement, Resilience, Risk and Learning) "National Transport Insurance WA
"Patrick provided a vividly insightful account of his journey to the top of the world. The vision, dedication and ability to rise to the challenges that he encountered were inspiring and delivered to the audience in an enjoyable and meaningful way. The professionally structured presentation provided everyone with tangible and adaptable outcomes to employ in their professional and personal lives. Highly recommended."Opteon
"Patrick has a fascinating story to tell about the trials and tribulations of climbing the world's highest peak. There are many analogues I drew between his quest to get to the top and our quest to grow our business: - planning - training - execution - managing expectations - taking calculated risks but never compromising safety - achieve goals - dealing with setbacks - motivating our staff. The list goes on. Patrick has a delightful manner and gets the message across with a wonderful mix of story telling, visuals, and humour. We will definitely be using him to motivate our people in the future. Patrick is a truly inspiring individual. "Panoramic Resources Limitedless
"Patrick collaboratively developed and then delivered a great experience for 75 leaders during an engaging 2.5 hour session. The relevence and variation in the interactive virtual mountain climb experience kept the particpants absolutely engaged. Our leaders worked in teams and were challenged along the way to be confronted with decisions at a logistical team, and personal level. It was great to see how well the activities Patrick created related to back at work challenges, and to the importance of having clear a vision and goals when it comes to guiding the decisions that leaders face. "Joondalup Health Campus Ramsay Health Care
"Pat is one of those rare people in life who combine drive and vision with a down to earth approach that makes it meaningful for people of all years. His presentations are well structured, interactive and entertaining while also providing real lessons about some important life values: perseverance, preparation and passion. Pat’s dream to train and climb the highest mountain in the world is simply inspirational. To think this is a guy from suburban Perth who reached the highest summit of the world makes others’ dreams seem possible. Keep up the fabulous work."Scotch College Senior School
"Patrick has spoken for us on a number of occasions now, and he has blown our clients away each time with his incredible, inspiring and motivational account of climbing the world's tallest mountains. His presentation is nothing short of breathe taking, and his relaxed style of delivery truly engages an audience. If you are looking for a motivational speaker, you'd be hard pressed to find better."Scotford & Fennessy
"On behalf of the University, I thank you for delivering a special guest lecture at this year’s UWA open day. As a distinguished member of our alumni, it was both a great pleasure to welcome you back to the campus to share your achievements with prospective students and members of the general community. We were delighted to have you detail your path to personal excellence in your chosen field of endeavour. The themes of your talk – courage, resilience, endurance, resolve, confidence and independence – are all attributes we would like to encourage in our graduates. Your account is an inspiration to all who hear it. The university greatly appreciates your contribution to Open Day. Congratulations and thank you."University of Western Australia
"Our Branch had recently been through a restructure that left us needing to rebuild and reflect upon our morale, enthusiasm, team based approach, and to refocus upon the future and how we could positively prepare to meet the many challenges that lay ahead. Patrick’s personal journey and his commitment to staying focused on what he believed he could achieve, together with his amazing photos and video left staff in awe. We could not have chosen a more inspirational speaker to inspire our belief in what can be achieved when you remain “focused and connected"
"Patrick was excellent, and connected very quickly with our group. His story and style of presentation hit the spot for us. The challenges and the real life presentation really inspired the group. Patrick is easy to work with; there is no huge ego here. A real person with an amazing achievement. Outstanding."Westpac