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Lunch With Michael Bencsik
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Registration for this event is open from: Tuesday 12 December, 2017 09:00 - Wednesday 7 March, 2018 17:00
Where: Brisbane, Brisbane
Date: Tuesday 13 March, 2018
Time: 12:30 -  14:00
Max Seats: -- unlimited --
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Save the Date for Lunch with Michael Bencsik

Topic:  Into the Storm – A story of Triumph, Tragedy and Teamwork in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race

For our next guest speaker Michael Bencsik will be hosting on his sailing experiences and leadership and teamwork strategies that can be applied in the business world.Michael Bencsik's current role is as Deputy CFO of Bank of Queensland. But Michael has had a varied and international career with both First Abu Dhabi Bank and HSBC.He will share with us his insights on the opportunities gained having an international career as a CFO as well as being a high-performance sailor.

“The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is among the most demanding sailing competitions in the world. Unpredictable seas make the 628-nautical-mile course gruelling under the best conditions, but the 1998 race proved to be the most perilous to date when a sudden and violent storm struck. Winds gusted over 100 mph and monstrous 80-foot waves towered over boat masts. Six sailors perished and another 55 were saved in what became the largest search and rescue operation in Australia’s history

In the face of turmoil and tragedy, a crew of “amateur” sailors piloted their tiny vessel, the AFR Midnight Rambler, not only to the finish but to overall victory. While bigger, better-equipped yachts attempted to manoeuvre around the storm, the crew of AFR Midnight Rambler, which included Michael Bencsik, made the daring decision to head directly into its path. Their triumph—perhaps even their survival—owes itself to an extraordinary level of teamwork: an alchemy of cooperation, trust, planning, and execution.

Michael Bencsik (a veteran of 21 Sydney Hobart races) will speak about his early sailing career, talk about the race and present a short video of actual TV coverage and present some leadership and teamwork strategies for teamwork at the edge from the published book ‘Into the Storm’. The book chronicles their nearly four-day ordeal and draws parallels to the world of business, revealing 10 critical strategies for teamwork at the edge and what teams need to do in tough times”.

  • A brief intro on Michael's international CFO career and importance to it of his sailing experiences and the Hobart race
  • A short video showing the actual footage of the race and the boat Midnight Rambler finishing the race
  • A slide deck about the book which chronicles the nearly four-day ordeal and draws parallels to the world of business, revealing 10 critical strategies for teamwork at the edge and what teams need to do in tough times. These are:
  1. Team unity – make the team the rock star
  2. Prepare, prepare, prepare – remove all excuses for failure
  3. Balanced optimism – find and focus on the winning scenario
  4. Relentless learning – build a culture of relentless learning
  5. Calculated risk – be willing to sail into the storm
  6. Stay connected – cut through the noise of wind and waves
  7. Step into the breach – find ways to share the helm
  8. Eliminate friction – step up to conflict – deal with things slowing you down
  9. Practiced resilience – master the art of rapid recovery
  10. Tenacious creativity – never give up – there is always another move
  • Q&A and wrap up

Date: Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Time: 12.30-2.00pm

Place: EY Brisbane, 111 Eagle Street Brisbane

Tickets: $90 members, $120 non members. Tables of 8 or more at member prices

RSVP:  Monday 5 March, 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Refunds will only be issued if cancellation are made before this date.


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