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    TEAM BRUNEL IS ONE OF THE FIRST TEAMS IN THE HISTORY OF THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE WHICH USES A FIXED PSYCHOLOGIST. WITH ANJE-MARIJCKE VAN BOXTEL AS THE COACH TO SKIPPER BOUWE BEKKING AND HIS TEAM, WE ARE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING BOUWE DURING THE ENTIRE RACE IN HIS LEADERSHIP ROLE, ENABLING HIM TO OPTIMIZE TEAM WORK.

    IN THIS 'SCHOUTEN BLOG' ANJE-MARIJCKE WRITES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES IN THE TALENT-SELECTION PROCESS, THE TRAINING SESSIONS ON LANZAROTE, AND HER PRESENCE IN THE PORTS OF THE STOP-OVERS OF THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE DURING THE LEADERSHIP SEMINARS OF SCHOUTEN GLOBAL.
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    Lisbon

    Building innovation on expertise

    Recognize this expression, 'It's up to the younger generation'? Here in the Race Village, everyone’s talking about 'old and new management'. An NRC article recently suggested that sailing needs a newer generation of sailors too. By ‘newer’ of course, people often mean ‘younger’. But, in my opinion, any conversation about the 'new management generation' touches on the core issues of a discussion about 'a new generation of management'. In a complex, changing world, we need a change in leadership style. This has more to do with how knowledge is managed, focus on growth and development, and the way decisions are made, than it has to do with age. > read more

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    Newport

    Dealing with change

    The stopover in Newport U.S.A. was again eventful, testing the flexibility of team Brunel. That victory was out of sight was now inescapable. Two changes were made to the team and responsibilities were reallocated. Now everything depends on resilience and the drive to compete. The team must deal with each new situation as it presents itself. This calls for a mindset to meet the challenges brought by change - a mindset of constantly searching for new opportunities. > read more

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    Newport

    Reflect and analyze

    It’s a strange stop-over in Brazil. The day after arrival just about the entire Team Brunel crew departs for home. Luckily there is enough to do; the work at Schouten certainly doesn’t let up either. When the guys return, the stretch will be on reflection and analysis; what went well, how do we hold onto that, and how do we expand on that? > read more

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    Itajaí

    Cheese and champagne

    Team Brunel sailed in 40-knot winds. And they sailed hard. But once again they had to concede defeat. And losing, even by a small margin, is hard. This defeat had nothing to do with the new crew lineup: The crew are enthusiastic about Cheese, and he about them. > read more

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    Auckland

    Learning means communicating

    It was a troubled week right before the start of the ‘Kings leg’ towards Itajai, the toughest leg of all. Departure was delayed because of a looming cyclone, Laurent Pages suddenly had to resign because of a couple of broken ribs, they had to strain every nerveto find a professional within 12 hours, the welcoming of their new crewmember Dirk de Ridder, alias ‘Cheese’ and the eagerness to really score well this time. > read more

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