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Battlefield: Leadership in uncertainty

Focused on skills and mindsets needed to lead teams under extreme uncertainty. Using examples from Special Operations, startups, and McKinsey, Mark focuses on tactical tips you can use from Day 1 to improve your leadership and drive results. Read less
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Close Combat: The art and science of competition

Here Mark reviews the importance of strategy, execution, and agility in any competitive system, drawing lessons from warfighting in Afghanistan. Useful tips on how to apply this from Day 1 are included in the talk. Read less
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Execution Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Here Mark shares anecdotes about a hard learned lesson: execute quickly, with a sound plan. Learn about goal setting, asymmetric warfare, contingency planning and the impact of emotions in a team setting. Read less
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Mission, Team, Self

Outlines the hierarchy of needs that any effective leader should follow. This is a useful carry over of military values into business settings, proven by 2,000 years of history. Mark discusses the importance of rest, nutrition, exercise and growth for maintaining your foundation as an individual leader. Read less
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Peak Performance Under Stress

In this shorter session, Mark focuses on using 4 count breathing to dampen stress responses, and improve quality of decision making. This is an interactive class that uses heart rate monitors to demonstrate the benefits of deep breathing in a stressful situation. Read less
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The Mind: Mental resilience

Focused on skills and mindsets needed to prevent mental illness, and to recover and grow from trauma and failure. Mark draws from neurobiology and uses personal examples to illustrate a proven approach to prevention, recovery and growth from failure and trauma. Read less
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Who Dares Wins

Any endeavour requires applying the basics of a clear mission, a high performing team, and mastery of self. Mark draws on his experience at the top levels of Special Operations and business to show you that the basics done well, are the foundations of mission success. Read less
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Mark Wales

A respected war veteran who has learnt to build resilience through his Special Ops training.

Mark’s military experience has taken him deep behind enemy lines in Afghanistan as a Troop Commander. In an environment as hostile and challenging as this, Mark solidified his leadership and teamwork skills, allowing his troop to maintain their high performance on the battlefield.

In spite of this, Mark’s post-military experience presented him with his own set of challenges. Battling depression and stress disorders, Mark sought intensive research to identify the neurobiological factors underpinning the mental health concerns many veterans faced. Using the same military intensity that he learnt prior, Mark emphasised the importance of skill development and personal growth, allowing him to make a strong recovery in his personal career.

Since then, he has embarked on a successful career in business. After four attempts at the GMAT, he was finally accepted into an Ivy League college in the U.S.A, and would later go on to join the respected consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Outside of this, he is also the founder of the e-commerce fashion startup Kill_Kaptur, and was even a competitor in the 2017 Australian edition of Survivor.

Mark prides himself on his ability to bounce back from some of life’s most challenging obstacles. Whether it’s life-or-death on the battlefield, or gaining entry into college admissions, Mark’s resilience has made him a force to be reckoned with in any field he applies himself to. Many of his motivational topics share values that he picked up from the military, including the importance of a growth mindset and teamwork in challenging circumstances.

In his spare time, Mark likes to stay active and explore different hobbies. He considers himself an avid surfer, boxer, and cook, but is always looking for new experiences to challenge himself with.

Mark is passionate about helping you and your team achieve the best results possible by being your best selves, especially when the going gets tough.

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