Matt McFadyen

Matt McFadyen - Leadership Adventure Inspiring Stories  speaker


About Matt McFadyen - Explorer and Inspiring Speaker on Leading Winning Teams:

Very few people have the ability to combine the adventure world and the business world quite like Matt McFadyen. For over a decade Matt has worked with organizations all over the world to align leaders, energize culture and build winning teams. 

Matt is a world-class speaker and facilitator who addresses, leadership, building high performing teams, motivation and inspiration. 

From dragging heavy sleds to the North Pole to sailing small yachts through some of the world’s deadliest oceans, adventurer Matt McFadyen has pushed himself and others to the ends of the earth, testing the limits of human potential. 

He has been a leader of teams in some of the toughest conditions on the planet. This includes three recordbreaking expeditions to the North Pole & two long-haul sailing trips to Antarctica & in 2013 Matt rowed, sailed & dragged a small boat 2000 miles across the North West Passage. 

Matt’s presentations not only inspire and motivate the audience but more importantly challenge them to think and act differently both personally and professionally. 

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What Matt McFadyen Talks About:

In 5 short years Matt went from being a 22 year old novice adventurer to co leading his 3rd expedition to the North Pole & partnering with PricewaterhouseCoopers on an 18 month firm wide engagement program. 

This top talent focussed presentation looks at how to leading self, lead teams and lead the organization. This is a must have for any organization that wants to accelerate the leadership journeys of their next generation of leaders. 

ANTARCTICA Journey to the end of the earth 
As a 22 year old, Matt and 4 others set sail aboard a 43 ft yacht bound for Antarctica on a 54 day expedition across one of the deadliest and dangerous oceans on the planet. On the return voyage Matt and his team faced the full strength of the ocean battling a hurricane strength storm that almost took the lives of the 5 souls on board. 

Matt’s presentation focuses on building a high performing team, overcoming extreme adversity and executing under pressure Matt’s and the teams heroic fight for survival sparked a change in Matt’s life and the event became the foundation of his leadership journey. 

NORTH POLE Sitting still means going backwards 
Matt’s brush with death in the icy waters of the Great Southern Ocean ignited a passion to lead others to the ends of the earth. Matt became the youngest Australian to reach the North Pole, returning as an expedition co-leader on 2 more occasions. Surviving -45°C to battling ice drifts that move the team backwards while dragging heavy sleds, Matt knows the perseverance needed to lead a team through challenge, change and ambiguity. 

Matt’s presentation looks at how to build resilience both personally and professionally how to inspire others to achieve their full potential.

BEYOND THE CIRCLE The Beauty of Failure 
In the summer of 2013, Matt attempted to row, sail and drag a 17.5-foot open boat across 3000 miles of ice choked waterway known as the North West Passage. After 41 days of the coldest summer in decades having covered 1500 miles Matt and his team mate Cameron were unable to continue due to the severe conditions. 

After 2 years of planning preparation and hard work both Matt and Cam struggled to deal with this looked upon failure…But with Failure comes opportunity and incredible learning. Failure is inevitable in all aspects of life but how we process, analyse and learn from failure is a skill. 

Matt looks at failure through a positive lens and challenges the audience to embrace failure, learn from failure and most importantly thrive from failure.

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Matt did an amazing job of engaging all different types of personalities throughout the room.


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