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Mark Wales

Ex-Special Operations Major, Author & Speaker Mark Wales was a career special forces officer in charge of 30 elite soldiers, his role was to lead combat missions deep behind enemy lines. Mark has completed 10 tours of duty to Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor, Lebanon and the Solomon Islands. Mark's successful transition from the Army led him to a high-profile business career.

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In his ‘Peer Perspectives on Leadership’ keystone speech at Wharton, Mark passed on thrilling lessons about life and leadership as a Troop Commander in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment. The unit specialized in sensitive strategic operations, hostage recovery, counter terrorism, and precision air strikes. Mark completed 10 tours of duty overseas, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands. Experiences in each of these countries taught Mark about the importance of how personal values and your perspectives on life can shape your approach to leadership. An unforgettable talk.

MBA Wharton School of Business

 

Mark Wales was fantastic, he has a great story and is extremely professional and well spoken.

TAL

 

Mark Wales was an outstanding Guest Speaker at our regional health service AGM. With a mixed audience of over 200 people including staff and community members, Mark’s fabulous presentation and his very powerful messages resonated with all. The feedback from those attending was exceptionally positive. A truly inspirational man. I could not recommend him more highly as an inspirational and motivational guest speaker.

Northeast Health Wangaratta

 

Mark spoke to our group of approximately 100 executives at a high profile leadership offsite. He led topics related to mental health and effective techniques for stress management in the workplace. He was deeply credible and highly engaging, drawing on his experience from both the battlefield and the boardroom. We would be thrilled to have Mark join us again in the future and would certainly recommend him for other engagements.

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company, Dallas

 

I engaged the speaking services of Mark Wales to talk to a team of 30 high level sales consultants about teamwork, resilience, persistence & high performance. Mark not only did this with eloquence t ease & professionalism, he also had the sales team actively engaged throughout his talk by way of questioning and group activities/discussions. I would highly recommend engaging Mark to talk to your staff if you want them to move from good to great.

Sales Team leader

 

Mark's engaging talk stood out from all the other corporate presentations our team has seen. There were slides filled with personal pictures that helped enhance the stories he was sharing from his time in Special Ops. His unique and interesting experience had takeaways that were directly relevant to our work in business. It was a great way to learn some great tips around working on teams, stress management and doing what you love. I would highly recommend him to any audience looking for a unique and interesting presentation!

Operations Leader, McKinsey Academy

Mark Wales Travels from VIC
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Mark Wales's Biography

Ex-Special Operations Major, Author & Speaker Mark Wales was a career special forces officer in charge of 30 elite soldiers, his role was to lead combat missions deep behind enemy lines. Mark has completed 10 tours of duty to Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor, Lebanon and the Solomon Islands.

Mark's successful transition from the Army led him to a high-profile business career. He graduated with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business – and joined McKinsey & Company. Mark was listed in Wharton’s prestigious 40 under 40 awards for business excellence. He is the founder and CEO of a tough-luxury brand, Kill Kapture.

Mark’s best-selling memoir: Survivor: Life in the SAS, is known as one of the leading contemporary war memoirs.

Mark recently won the 2022 Australian Survivor ‘Blood v’s Water’ in a unanimous vote.

Mark is married to Samantha Gash and they have a four-year-old boy called Harry.

Speaking Topics Include

Elite Leadership (Keynote)

Mark believes that leadership can be taught, and the aim of this keynote is to outline the fundamentals of elite leadership.

Mark draws on his experience at the top levels of business and Special Operations to show you that the basics done well, are the foundations of mission success.

Any endeavour requires applying the basics of mission focus, a supportive team, and self-care.

Self-care fundamentals such as rest, nutrition, exercise and growth are the basics needed for elite performance.

Mark draws from neurobiology and uses personal examples to illustrate a proven approach to prevention, recovery and growth

Outlines the importance of simplicity, focus and agility in planning to achieve mission success

Lasts for 60 minutes, including 15 minutes discussion / Q&

 

Self-Care for Leaders

Mark addresses increasing demands and pressures on team leaders and how self-care is critical to elite performance, mental health and thriving under pressure.

Mark discusses team mission, team norms and personal boundaries needed for optimal performance.

Addressing overwhelm and learning how to triage tasks in a high pressure environment.

Leading in chaos’ tips. Mark uses an example of a failed combat mission in Afghanistan to outline the importance of simplicity, focus and agility in planning.

 

Pre-mortems: wargaming your plans and teams for improved resilience (Workshop)

The aim of this series is to show the pre-mortem framework for stress testing initiatives to increase chances of mission success

Perfect for an annual kick-off, launching a project, or forming a new team

This workshop promotes collaboration, candour and removes bias, all while building better plans

Focused on skills and mindsets needed to lead teams under extreme uncertainty, in a highly interactive environment.

Using examples from Special Operations, startups, and McKinsey & Company, Mark focuses on tactical tips you can use from Day 1 to improve your chances of a win in your new project or team

Workshop lasts for 90 minutes, with an optional 60-minute follow-up

 

Pre-mortems: wargaming your plans and teams for improved resilience (Workshop)

Learn how to review a completed task to after execution with the intent of improving your team processes

This session promotes a framework to ‘learn from failure’ that you and your team can adopt for each session

Mark helps illustrate the importance on this with combat stories about failure in the field and how to improve from it.

Great for training new and emerging team leaders with skills they need to gather and action feedback after each initiative. This session includes processes and tips to apply from Day 1.

Workshop lasts for 90 minutes, with an optional 60-minute follow-up