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Larry Brudnicki  

Captain of the Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues

Captain Brudnicki is the real-life Captain of the Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst storm in more than 100 years, which became known as "The Perfect Storm" and inspired the book that was on the NY Times best-seller list and the blockbuster movie. His fast paced and inspiring presentation strikes a perfect balance between humor and real-life drama. It's more than just a story about the Perfect Storm. It's about: being an effective leader, succeeding in a situation you cannot control, confidently making difficult decisions, taking action when you don't like your options, inspiring teamwork, and managing risk. These are the same strategies that Captain Brudnicki used successfully used for a wide variety of high-risk missions with international visibility: Counter-Drug Operations, Illegal Migrant Interdictions, the America's Cup, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska Air FLT #261, Seizure of a boat in the East China Sea, converting all federal buoys to solar power and a Presidential Inauguration. You have seen Captain Brudnicki on: ABC, History Channel, National Geographic, Learning Channel, Discovery, Travel Channel, and Weather Channel. "A compelling story that was entertaining and thought-provoking. The audience drew parallels between the rescue mission and the "Economic Storm" facing the Port of Oakland. The concepts of setting goals, being prepared, understanding the risks and working in teams are principles that can be applied by any organization facing challenges." -Richard Wiederhorn, Director of Planning, Port of Oakland "You applied our current business climate to analogies with the Perfect Storm and tied in risk analysis and teamwork. We appreciate the extra time and effort you put into making our meeting a success. You exceeded my expectations!"-Marsha Short, Director Operating & Member Services, Southern Gas Association Co-Author of: Real World Mangagement Startegies That Work

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The Perfect Storm - Courage Under Pressure

A powerful and inspirational keynote that relates Captain Brudnicki's legendary experiences on the high seas. Ride with him as he relives the dramatic story of two daring rescue missions during the worst weather in more than 100 years! Learn how courage and leadership helped him to survive in the hostile environment of "The Perfect Storm!"

Leadership Secrets from the Perfect Storm: 7 Steps to Making the Right Decision Every Time

Against the backdrop of "The Perfect Storm," this keynote provides the perfect balance between inspiration and application. The audience will see the 7 Steps in action along with examples of the courage, leadership and teamwork that are necessary to triumph in our uncertain business climate. Through practical lessons learned from his experiences, the audience acquires powerful tools to make the correct decisions even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Setting and Achieving Goals as a Team: 10 Steps to Implement and 10 Pitfalls to Avoid

The dynamics of goal setting for a team is much different than it is for an individual due to the interaction between the team members. The audience will gain insight into why the team and its leader must create the right atmosphere, the importance of acting with the power of focus, and what the organization must do to provide the right environment. When the team implements the right steps and avoids the pitfalls, their chance of achieving their goals increases exponentially.

Managing Risk in Turbulent Times

This presentation is the perfect follow-on to the keynote: Leadership Secrets from The Perfect Storm - 7 Steps to Making the Right Decision Every Time. By using examples from other extraordinary missions he led, Captain Brudnicki goes into greater depth to illustrate the 7 Steps for assessing risk and managing projects. The audience will see how this process can be used to make decisions about new ventures, improve project management, and make clear, competent assessments of daily operations. Risk cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed.

The Perfect Storm: Courage Under Pressure

A powerful and inspirational keynote that relates Captain Brudnicki's legendary experiences on the high seas. Ride with him as he relives the dramatic story of two daring rescue missions during the worst weather in more than 100 years! Learn how courage and leadership helped him not only survive, but succeed in the hostile environment of The Perfect Storm! (45 Minutes)

Leadership Secrets from The Perfect Storm: 7 Steps to Making the Right Decision Every Time

Against the backdrop of the The Perfect Storm, this keynote provides the perfect balance between inspiration and application. The audience will see the seven steps in action along with examples of the courage, leadership, and teamwork that are necessary to triumph in our uncertain business climate. Through practical lessons learned from his experiences, the audience acquires powerful tools to make correct decisions even in the most difficult circumstances. (60 Minutes)

Setting and Achieving Goals as a Team: 10 Steps to Implement & 10 Pitfalls to Avoid

The dynamics of goal setting for a team is much different than it is for an individual due to the interaction between team members. The audience will gain insight into why the team and its leader must create the right atmosphere, the importance of acting with the power of focus, and what the organization must do to provide the right environment. When the team implements the right steps and avoids the pitfalls, their chance of achieving their goals increases exponentially (90 Minutes)

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