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Boston Corporate Sailing Adventure Photobook

Posted by Jay Palace on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

Great shots from a recent GEL Program which we turned into a photobook for clients.  Our photographer's information is:
Matthew Cohen Photography


Tags: sailing, leadership, team building

America's Cup: San Francisco Team Building & Leadership on Fire!

Posted by Jay Palace on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 05:22 PM

The America's Cup is just around the corner and there's a ton going on in the world of sailing.
If you're a non-sailor attending one of the Harvard Business School Association events we're hosting, the youtube video below is a great source of information.
If you only want to know what's about to happen, skip forward to 5 minutes, 50 seconds (5:50). Here's where they start describing the Louis Vuitton Cup, the challenger series which HBSA/NC members will be watching from a front row seat at the Saint Francisc Yacht Club.

The LV Challenger series determines which team will challenge Oracle Racing for the oldest trophy in sports, and on July 30th, we'll be watching Round Robine #5, Artemis vs Emirates Team New Zealand.


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Tags: sailing, teambuilding, yacht racing, leadership

Recommended Listening: Six Tips to Talk LIke a Leader

Posted by Jay Palace on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:25 AM

The Latimer Group's Dean Brenner has posted another interesting leadership development podcast encouraging leaders to create a work environment that empowers employees to tackle challenges.

Dean proposes that it all comes down to the choice of words and phrases when communicating with your team. The six most powerful words a leader can say to their team is "I admit I made a mistake." By admitting bad decisions, it encourages others to do the same.

For his other key phrases, listen to his post at the Latimer Group Blog. In case his name sounds familiar, Dean is also the President of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, and helps us deliver Leadership Development programs as part of our sponsorship of the team.  

If you have some thoughts about powerful words and phrases that you use to motivate your team, I'd love to hear them. Please leave a comment below.

Tags: leadership development, teambuilding, leadership

BoatWorks Team Building Thank You and Video

Posted by Jay Palace on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 04:36 PM


I'm just back from Boston where GEL and Courageous Sailing hosted an adventurous group of individuals, all interested in how we use custom sailing programs to develop high performance teamwork and leadership skills.

The group incuded managers and executives from:

  • AlphaGraphics Boston
  • Bennett & Associates
  • Brossi Construction
  • Corinthian Events
  • Destination Partners
  • Harvard Business School's Leadership Initiative
  • McGraw Hill
  • Rockland Trust
  • US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
  • YPO

I'd love to thank everyone for participating and for some great comments about how BoatWorks compares to more mainstream flavors of team building and management training.

Please do add any more comments or suggestions here, and I'll look forward to working with you all again in Boston soon! 


PS... A few photos from the day are now posted near the bottom of the event page.  If you have some of your own, please do post them on GEL's Facebook page!


Tags: leadership development, team work, leadership, team building

Match Racing: Leadership or Team Work?

Posted by Jay Palace on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 @ 07:38 PM

Olympic Match Racing from Match Race Center on Vimeo.

This is a great video showcasing match racing and it graphically demonstrates why I like the sport so much.  It's "sailing on steroids" and requires better team work than any other racing format.  Because the races are so short, and the battle can be decided in the first four minutes, a team that's not completely in sync will get it's doors blown off.

When you hear skippers talking to the media after a match race, you realize that winning isn't about leadership. Without fail, the helmsperson will mention her team as the primary factor in the victory. 

Fund-raising for the campaign, building the team, preparing the boat, organizing practices, and setting goals for the events leading to the Olympics require as much leadership as any other endeavor.  But execution on the water depends far less on "real-time" leadership than it does on cohesiveness and a steady flow of information between highly skilled individuals, each in clearly defined roles.

I've heard some skippers say "I don't know why I'm doing the talking... all I do is drive!"

Tags: team work, leadership, team building