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Mark Denton, keynote speaker

Mark Denton

    • Skipper of the BP Explorer in the World Yacht Races
    • Major contributor to the Henley Management School MBA ‘Inspiring Leadership; staying afloat in turbulent times’ 
    • Expert on Teamwork and Leadership in Turbulent Times
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Born and educated in the Midlands of the UK, Mark Denton has always had a passion for people and an eye for performance. This was first nurtured when working on the shop floor of his family’s shoe manufacturing company in the school holidays, introducing several initiatives to make people feel more valued whilst being more productive in what was a very traditional top-down, numbers-focussed environment. The seeds of the importance of people-focussed leadership and the benefits of that were firmly planted right there.

His early working life was spent running his own car valet business before he sold it to his competitor to attend the University of Bedfordshire as a mature student. Three years later he surfaced with an honors degree in Business Administration with Human Resource Management, which he first put to use as an Account Executive for a media agency in London.

But city life was not his destiny, and two years later he left to concentrate on his other passion – sailing. 4 years, 30,000 sea miles, and 2 trans-Atlantics later, Mark entered the grueling selection procedure against 186 others to be a skipper on the BT Global Challenge 2000/2001, the ultimate environment to put everything he had learned about sailing and working with people into practice. Victorious, he went on to skipper ‘BP Explorer’, the yacht sponsored by energy giant BP in this toughest of round the world yacht races, achieving a podium position. Mark was also a major contributor to the Henley Management School MBA Text ‘Inspiring Leadership; staying afloat in turbulent times’ that looked at the relationship between emotional intelligence and achieving sustained performance in the race, now in its 7th reprint.

More races followed and for the next three years, his feet barely touched the floor. However another calling was emerging, as Mark’s multi-media story recounting the leadership and teamwork lessons learned in the BT Global Challenge received rave reviews and took off. This saw Mark travel extensively, sharing his insights worldwide at hundreds of conferences. In addition, this also led him to get involved in many development initiatives within these clients, so Mark established the Leadership, Team, and Organisation development consultancy MAXVMG that he still leads to this day. MAXVMG has been involved in many high-profile projects over the years including one that led to a £1.27bn saving for a global mining client and a Procurement Leaders Gold Award for People Development. The company has also been pivotal to two successful mergers and has twice assisted companies to achieve a ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to work’ for Award.

Mark is also a sought-after and accredited Executive and Team coach, and a Master Practitioner and Circle Member of Executive Arts. This not-for-profit organization manages the distribution and use of the innovative Executive Arts Transition Maps, that help individuals, teams, and organizations who are grappling with confounding change achieve breakthrough results.

Mark lives with his wife, two children, and two dogs near Southampton in Hampshire, UK. Hobbies include swimming, skiing, running, cycling, paddle boarding, gardening - and of course sailing!

Mark talks on the combination of three main topic areas when sharing ‘Navigate the storm’, which were the Teams’ chosen values: Safe, Happy, and Fast.

Feeling safe is an innate human pre-requisite that has literally allowed us to evolve as a species. And our whole bodies are designed to seek this on three fronts; physically, emotionally, and psychologically. And only when we feel safe within these can we thrive.

If anyone is threatened, then our focus is on protecting ourselves rather than taking the calculated risks necessary to advance ourselves and our cause.

So creating a culture where people feel safe to perform is crucial, especially if the environment we are in is a challenging one.

Next up is the importance of doing all we can to help people be happy. Because happy people and teams are more productive, have more staying power, are more compassionate, and easier to work with and within.

There are some key things we need in order to be happy at work. Feeling included and valued for instance. Being motivated by our work, its purpose, and its rewards. Having the opportunity to be stretched, give our all, realize our dreams and be the best that we can be.

So creating a culture where these factors are ever-present is also crucial.

And lastly the undeniable factor of the need to be Fast.

Fast in terms of a clear focus on the destination to ensure the straightest course. Fast in terms of efficiency of the operation, in order to optimize the result. Fast in terms of agility, to rapidly innovate and change, when challenges demand the need.

Why is it the last word? Because slow boats never win, not on the ocean and never in business, a fact that has been further magnified by the highly competitive, constantly changing, volatile world of today where speed and agility are everything.

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