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Leading Through Lessons Learned in the Antarctic

With a name like Antarctic Mike, you know what you are in for will be a different experience. Mike spent 20 years in the business world as a headhunter before a random visit to a bookstore changed his life. While on a business trip to Bakersfield, CA in August 2001, Mike stumbled upon a book called Shackleton’s Way, a story about how Ernest Shackleton led 27 men home safely after being stranded in Antarctica for two years.

Mike was so inspired by Shackleton that he followed him all the way to Antarctica twice in 2006 when he ran both a marathon and an ultramarathon in Antarctica. The lessons Mike learned from Shackleton and from his own adventures in Antarctica are the basis for his keynote programs entitled, Keep Conquering (Leadership), Don’t Push, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Sell (Sales) and At the Human Level (Storytelling).

Mike resides in Encinitas, CA with his wife Angela and his cats, Shackleton and Yosemite.

“Keep Conquering, Moving Forward No Matter What” (Leadership, Motivation)
This keynote is based on both the Shackleton Endurance Expedition of 1914 and Mike’s own adventures in Antarctica in 2006, where he highlights leadership points that address the subject of finding, engaging and keeping great people.

“Don’t Push, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Sell. Simply Listen…For the Sake of Understanding” (Sales)
This keynote is based on the story of the great race to the South Pole in 1911-1912 between Amundsen and Scott. The points of the stories speak to how salespeople can be more effective and sell more “stuff.” 

“At the Human Level” (Storytelling)
This keynote is all about how companies can tell the right stories effectively for a number of purposes, including engaging their current workforce, driving sales, and recruiting and engaging the best-performing employees.

Leading at 90 Below Zero: Extreme Conditions…Extraordinary Results Buy Here
Learning to lead is critical for success in today’s world. No matter what our title is, pay level, industry or experience, all of us are called to be a leader every day. Leading at 90 Below Zero looks at leadership in a unique way-through the lens of Antarctic history.

Encinitas, CA

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