Matt McFadyen | Adventurer: A JOURNEY to LEADERSHIP

Matt McFadyen


Matt McFadyen
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As the world emerges from the global pandemic, we reflect on one of the biggest “storms” faced by society in recent history. In that reflection, the term “bounce back" is consistently used. But this message is FLAWED. Bouncing back from any challenge or setback only takes us to where we originally fell.

Bounce Forward is a dynamic process when individuals or teams exhibit positive behavioral adaptations when they encounter significant adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or any source of stress. Challenge, adversity and “storms” are part of life. How we learn from them, how we positively change from them and how we grow as individuals is to Bounce Forward.

From dragging heavy sleds to the North Pole to sailing small yachts through some of the world’s deadliest oceans, adventurer Matt McFadyen has pushed himself and others to the ends of the earth, testing the limits of human potential.

Matt has been a leader of teams in many of the toughest conditions on the planet. This includes three record- breaking expeditions to the North Pole and two-long haul sailing trips to Antarctica. In 2013 Matt rowed, sailed, and dragged a small boat 2000 miles across the infamous Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. None of this would have been possible without Matt's Bounce Forward mentality.

While sailing a small boat home from Antarctica, Matt and his team were faced with a hurricane strength storm. This storm would almost end the lives of the crew but would alter the course of Matt’s life forever. He chose to Bounce Forward from the experience and gained a new outlook on life.

Matt McFadyen's presentation not only inspires and motivates an audience but more importantly challenges them to think and act differently in the face of their own challenge sand ultimately BOUNCE FORWARD.

ANTARCTICA - Journey to the end of the earth

As a 22 year old, Matt and 4 others set sail aboard a 43 ft yacht bound for Antarctica on a 54 day expedition across one of the deadliest and dangerous oceans on the planet.

On the return voyage Matt and his team faced the full strength of the ocean battling a hurricane strength storm that almost took the lives of the 5 souls on board.

Matt’s presentation focuses on building a high performing team, overcoming extreme adversity and executing under pressure

Matt’s and the teams heroic fight for survival sparked a change in Matt’s life and the event became the foundation of his leadership journey.

NORTH POLE - Sitting still means going backwards

Matt’s brush with death in the icy waters of the Great Southern Ocean ignited a passion to lead others to the ends of the earth. Matt became the youngest Australian to reach the North Pole, returning as an expedition co-leader on 2 more occasions.

Surviving -45°C to battling ice drifts that move the team backwards while dragging heavy sleds, Matt knows the perseverance needed to lead a team through challenge, change and ambiguity.

Matt’s presentation looks at how to build resilience both personally and professionally how to inspire others to achieve their full potential


In 5 short years Matt went from being a 22 year old novice adventurer to co leading his 3rd expedition to the North Pole & partnering with PricewaterhouseCoopers on an 18
month firm wide engagement program.

This top talent focussed presentation looks at how to leading self, lead teams and lead the organization. This is a must have for any organization that wants to accelerate the leadership journeys of their next generation of leaders.

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