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    The person ‘within’ the manager is the core and the starting point of leadership. This is why Schouten Global helps (potential) managers and leaders to above all, develop their personal and authentic leadership style. The result is confidence, effectiveness, self-knowledge and the ability to operate flexibly in any environment or situation. A manager should be well equipped with the necessary influential and motivational skills, as well as respect for others.

    During this race, Skipper Bouwe Bekking’s leadership qualities are put to the test, sometimes under extreme conditions. This is why Schouten Global is training Bouwe intensively in leadership skills. He must manage his team in rapidly changing weather conditions; wind, rain, fair weather or foul, sometimes while beset with technical problems. Moreover, in windless periods - situations in which a leader may have a tendency to relax - but Bouwe knows he cannot!

    Coaching this team is a concentrated experience of everything I come across in a business situation. As CEO of the sailing team Bouwe, for instance, is largely responsible for the color, dynamics and tone of the
    team. Our view is that you provide optimal leadership as the person you really are. Bouwe is a great example of this.

    Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel, Schouten Global, coach Team Brunel

    Race Control

    How we film from the skies...

    Race Control

    The Volvo Ocean Race is centrally controlled at the VOR Headquarters in Alicante (SP). This Race Control, a high-tech hub inspired by the NASA control post, is the nerve-centre of the Volvo Ocean Race. It is the most advanced race control room ever built for a yacht race.

    The Race Control Center is the main tool for Race Director, Jack Lloyd and his team to manage the competition 24 hours a day from the start of Leg One, to the finish of the last boat in the last port. With an 18-screen video wall, eight control positions and the centre platform of a traditional and electronic chart table, this highly sophisticated hub will provide constant monitoring of all boats and the weather conditions they experience.

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    On Board Reporter

    World’s toughest media job

    On Board Reporter

    The hi-tech Race Control will also connect the control team with the actual race, the sailors and On Board Reporters (= media crew members, for Team Brunel Stefan Coppers) racing around the world. Sophisticated satellite systems will transmit stories from the fleet thousands of miles from land, back to Race Headquarters to be shared by fans through our online channels and the media.

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