Several days ago I posted about Virgin Money’s failed attempt to set the transatlantic crossing record under sail. Interestingly Sir Richard Branson was taking questions about this adventure via his blog, Richard Branson: Business Stripped Bare, and Twitter. Along with 20 other people, I submitted 3 questions via both media channels and Sir Richard answered 2 of them directly and all 3 in 2 his responses. Here they are:
- How do you and the crew feel being outward bound ahead of a storm that causes most other mariners to look for safe refuge?
- How do you balance the exhilaration with the concern about undertaking this type of high risk adventure with your son and daughter knowing that if something catastrophic happened to the boat there would be slight chance of rescue in the weather in which you choose/have to sail?
- How does Virgin get away with you undertaking these high risk adventures when Apple stock goes in the tank when Steve Jobs sneezes?
Take the time to listen to all of Sir Richard’s answers, he’s quite an unique leader. I plan on posting more on that later on Weekly Leader, but for now I hope you enjoy this social media exchange.
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Interesting that he sees breaking the record requiring conditions are of greater risk. Points to his understanding that context means something. It isn’t just what you control, but the environment you are in, and understanding the assets and limitations of it. He’s a very smart, strategic, action oriented leader. I’m even more impressed with him after listening to this.
Thanks for sharing it.