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Rachael Robertson

Author of ‘Leading on the Edge’ Rachael Robertson (CSP, MBA) is a former Antarctic expedition leader, Chief Ranger and leader with 20 years of ‘extreme’ leadership experience.

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Astounding! The interactions in our senior management team have been transformed in the last few months by simply applying a few of the many ideas from Rachael's session. This is an excellent program for a technical team!
CIO,
Federal Government Department

"Rachael was simply wonderful - the evaluations gave her an enormous rating - 4.8 out of 5!!! - "Could have listened to her all day" - "Brilliant - made me think of leadership in a different light" - "Fabulous - all about leading in a difficult situation and what works"
Department of Education & Training NSW, Women in Education Leadership

"Rachael really inspired us with her story of life in Antarctica and was able to link her leadership challenges and experiences to what we as team leaders face in the office."
Hugh Travers, ANZ Internal Audit
Rachael Robertson Travels from VIC
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Rachael Robertson's Biography

Rachael Robertson shares real stories, real insights, the highs and lows and the ups and downs of being an authentic leader.

 

Author of ‘Leading on the Edge’ Rachael Robertson (CSP, MBA) is a former Antarctic expedition leader, Chief Ranger and leader with 20 years of ‘extreme’ leadership experience. She is a best-selling author and leadership guru whose talents are in great demand from leading organisations around the globe.

 

As only the second female to lead a team to Davis Station in Antarctica she managed a diverse group of up to 120 people, through total isolation, months of darkness, with no way in and no way out. It was a leadership laboratory in the most extreme and hostile environment on Earth, where most of the theory doesn’t apply.

 

It was a ‘leadership laboratory’ in the most extreme workplace on Earth. In Antarctica she built a resilient and highly successful team based on the foundation that ‘respect trumps harmony’.  Prior to leading the expedition Rachael had 16 years experience in a variety of senior operational roles in complex and challenging environments.

 

Since returning to Australia, Rachael has completed her MBA, written a best-selling book on her experience, Leading on the Edge, and has presented at over 600 conferences and events around the world. Rachael presents with great humour, humility and passion. No matter the event, Rachael will leave your audience inspired, challenged and equipped to take the next step in their leadership journey.

Speaking Topics Include

LEADING ON THE EDGE – Leadership  |  Inspiration   The job of a leader is to create more leaders, not more followers! This keynote explores how great leaders build and invest in those around them and turn "moments into momentum" by paying attention to the little things. This is all about showing BIG leadership in SMALL moments.

 

FUTURE. WOMAN. LEADER.   – Women  |  Leadership   How did Rachael become the youngest female leader to Antarctica, or the youngest Chief Ranger? In this keynote Rachael outlines the key personal mantras, commitments and career tools that every woman must use to progress effectively. Perfect for both women's and mixed events.

365 SHADES OF WHITE -  Inspiration   |   Entertainment  An hilarious and compelling account of Rachael's time leading up to 120 people on in the remotest corner of the earth for a year. Hear about "life in the freezer", the plane crash, how "the bacon war" nearly derailed a $20M science program and other unique stories backed by uncommon insight and useful tools.

 

THE FUTURE OF TEAMWORK - Teamwork   |  Leadership  Today's and future teams are very different from what they once were. Now we come together quickly, remotely and are expected to perform immediately. In this keynote Rachael uncovers the critical tools she uses to quickly create cohesion, purpose and resilience in teams. Practical tools you can put to work straight away.

 

CHANGE IS THE NEW BUSINESS AS USUAL  -  Leadership   |   Change  It's a truism, but change is the new constant. It can be unsettling, energising but create extreme fatigue. In this keynote Rachael provides the tools to navigate this world of "flux" that dominates business today.  Self-leadership, resilience, and persistence are the keys to succeeding in a world of seemingly constant change.

 

REMOTE AND DANGEROUS   -  Safety Leadership   |   Teamwork  Workplace health and safety insights from the harshest, coldest, most isolated workplace on earth. Rachael recounts how she kept her team safe and sane through the long, dark Antarctic winter by building a culture of safety leadership. She provides practical tools each person can use to create leadership around them.