Sean Chapple Biography
Sean Chapple is a serving officer with the Royal Marine Commandos who has achieved a remarkable career in which he has established himself as an inspirational leader of men, motivational speaker, accomplished author and a record breaking polar explorer, earning himself a place in military and polar history.
Walking to the South Pole
In 2006/07 Sean planned and led the first UK Armed Forces expedition to the South Pole since Captain Scott, remarkably Sean had just returned from leading another team to the North Pole earlier in the year. After hauling to the pole and raising the Union Flag Sean and his team then retraced their steps, and in doing so completed the longest military overland journey in Antarctic history and, for Sean the first Royal Marine to walk unaided to the pole. His team faced near starvation, suffered from frostbite and snow blindness and during the return leg Sean fell and dislocated his shoulder whilst using one of the giant kites that provided wind traction. Committed to success Sean continued to motivate and lead his team, and through determination and exceptional teamwork they completed the gruelling 1,400-mile journey in seventy-one days. Live updates broadcast direct from the ice engaged a global audience attracting international media interest, and generating 2 million pounds in advertising for the commercial backers of the expedition.
The Royal Marines
Leaving school at seventeen Sean joined the elite Royal Marines, successfully completing commando training, the longest and toughest training course in the world. Sean soon displayed a natural talent for leadership and was swiftly promoted through the rank and file, receiving a commission into the Officer Corps. During Sean’s extensive career he has deployed on active service across the globe becoming a specialist in mountain, Arctic and desert operations. Parallel to his military career Sean has forged an record breaking expedition career becoming a pioneering figure in pushing the envelope of military expedition achievements and setting world records in the process.
This unique career is a testament to his ability to motivate and inspire those around him, even under the most demanding circumstances. Sean’s belief is that we each have the spirit of adventure coursing through our bodies and by tapping into this energy the seemingly impossible becomes possible. Combining 20 years of leadership and team working skills, Sean has joined with industry leaders, in developing his Spirit of Adventure philosophy and complimentary toolbox and associated methodologies. Sean really does ‘walk the talk’, with his keynotes bringing home the real challenges of leadership and team development.
Spirit of Adventure Philosophy
Working alone, or in conjunction with management consultants, Sean delivers practical workshops, with course material and exercises directly transferable to the business world. These powerful workshops, underpinned by Sean’s Spirit of Adventure philosophy, are individually tailored to ensure that the gap between training and work environment is narrowed to ensure benefits can be directly translated to the clients needs.
Sean is a cold weather Subject Matter Expert to the Army’s High Risk and Remote Expedition and Royal Marine’s Major Expedition Committee’s. Sean also advises civilian teams and organisations on operating in extreme environments on issues such as team selection and alignment, communications, risk management, and equipment selection often working in consultation with business leaders to negotiate partnership and sponsorship programmes.
Author and Television Star
Sean is author of ‘No Ordinary Tourist’ a gripping account of his ground breaking crossing of Iceland. A television documentary of his recent South Pole expedition is being produced, with a book publication capturing Sean’s extraordinary journey from school to the South Pole planned for release later in the year.
Walking the Talk
Sean has planned, managed and led over twenty high risk and remote expeditions that include:
- First Successful Winter Crossing of Iceland. Deemed to be uncrossable, Sean took up the challenge and led his team through Arctic blizzard conditions to complete the 500mile crossing in forty-seven days. Receiving the Keeling Award for leadership Sean was personally congratulated by Diana the Princess of Wales for his charity fundraising associated with the crossing.
- 3-Month Ski of the Northwest Passage. Hauling all essential supplies Sean spent 3-months skiing the Northwest Passage facing temperatures of –50 º C, during which his team were stalked by Polar bear for three days. Setting out to commemorate naval exploration in the Arctic with remembrance services conducted at historical landmarks. In conjunction comprehensive clothing, and equipment evaluations, in support of the Ministry of Defence and commercial sponsors, was carried out providing significant returns on investment for sponsors.
- First Attempt by the Royal Marines to Walk the North Pole. After two years planning Sean led a Royal Marines attempt to walk to the North Pole, the first officially endorsed naval expedition to attempt such a feat since 1875. Unfortunately, after crucial safety equipment failed Sean aborted the attempt, later receiving a message form Buckingham Palace that said ‘Discretion is better than Disaster’. In recognition of his spirit of adventure Sean was invited to Buckingham Palace for a Royal Audience on his return.
- In the Footsteps of Parry – the Magnetic North Pole. Venturing deep into the Arctic Sean retraced the footsteps of Lieutenant Parry RN, leader of the first overland journey by the Navy in 1918. After several setbacks, the loss of a team member due to frostbite, and some of the worst weather on record the team reached the magnetic North Pole. The 35-day journey demanded all of Sean’s energy to keep his team of novices focused and aligned as they battled a 6-day blizzard with diminishing food and fuel supplies.
- Youth to the North Pole. Selected and trained by Sean, eight students aged 14 to 18, travelled to the Arctic to participate in cultural and adventurous activities that included living in an Inuit community, Polar bear watching, survival training, scientific research and a trip to the North Pole. Capitalising on communications technologies student experiences were shared globally through an interactive Internet presence.
Sean is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an accredited TMSDI practitioner in the Team Management Profile, Linking Skills Profile and Team Performance Profile.
Keynote Speaking Topics
Sean has spoken to audiences ranging from primary schools to board-level directors of multi-national, and speaks with honesty, passion and vigour about:
- Team selection and alignment
- Gaining commitment and maintaining focus
- Facing and overcoming setbacks
- Critical elements for success
- Leadership challenges
- The Spirit of Adventure philosophy
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Sean Chapple News
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5th February 2013
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1st February 2013
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3rd October 2012
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Sean Chapple Reviews
Sean Chapple has spoken and appeared at a number of recent corporate events. Please find some client speaker testimonials and reviews for Sean Chapple for a number of these events and conferences. If you would like some additional information as to how to book Sean Chapple for your corporate event, then please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The feedback from ALL the members that attended Sean's speech was outstanding.
Sean brought a fresh, inspiring dimension to the leadership discussion at the conference. The challenges of the expedition connected well to the audience - facing leadership challenges of their own.
Using Sean as a motivational speaker at our sales conference provided the perfect example to demonstrate that through applying self-drive, planning and teamwork you can succeed in even the most challenging of situations. The personal account of his experience and the approach he took to meeting his goal enabled the audience to identify with their own personal challenges and feel motivated to being able to achieve them. Undoubtedly, he added value to the overall event.
Sean is a regular guest speaker at the London Business School on both the Accelerated Development and Essentials of Leadership Programmes. His inspirational talk offers a different perspective on the challenges of leadership which offers real value to executives and senior managers attending our programmes.
Visiting Florida, I was able to get the 'Ice Man' to really warm up a local audience. His insight into leadership and teamwork based on his polar adventures created a sense of awe in the group. Sean's wit and engaging personality kept the audience excited and energized. Thanks for the instant energy!
Take away the sub-zero temperatures and the risks of injury or even death, and you have many comparisons to companies that are in a state of chaos, whether in expansion or contraction. The need to build and train a group of individuals that can operate together as a successful team in highly stressful situations is very necessary in today's global workplace and your lecture gave me some great examples of how you provided strong leadership in this area. I saw direct comparisons to my own experiences within my management group in how constant communication is necessary.
Sean's talk was extremely well received by our leadership development delegates. His ability to combine a fascinating polar adventure with tangible team leadership lessons gave real added value to our day. I can highly recommend Sean.
We were more than happy that Sean did the keynote at our conference of professional facilitators and consultants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All participants agreed Your speech was the highlight of the event. A fascinating story, a lot of meaningful insights from the outdoors for the indoors...and fun! What can you get more from an inspirational speaker? We want you back for our next conference!
A truly inspirational speaker, who really brings the power of his experiences to life and makes you want to achieve just a fraction of what he's done. Sean has spoken at several of our client events and always receives excellent feedback.
Sean brought a new dimension in leadership to our Management Conference. Not only did he give a fascinating description of his polar expedition, he was able to relate how leadership in such extreme circumstances applies to more 'normal' business situations. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Sean to their organisations.
I had the opportunity to attend a presentation of Sean during a programme of the London Business School. I was very impressed how he linked his adventure experience with the managerial skills needed for every manager to be successful. The insides of the decision making processes under extreme circumstances, the prerequisites of the recruitment of his team members for his journey, how to manage stress, and how to deal with the interests of the stakeholders, were very helpful for me to use in practice.
Q & A with Sean Chapple
Sean Chapple answered some probing questions for Speakers Corner. For speaking secrets revealed - read on! To book Sean Chapple for your event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email@example.com
Speakers Corner: How did the corporate speaking start?
Sean Chapple: After completing the first ski crossing of Iceland 1994, I was invited to speak about the journey to my childhood Scout group. The talk featured in the local town paper and I began getting other requests to speak.
Speakers Corner: Can you remember your first speaking engagement?
Sean Chapple: My first corporate engagement was supporting a 4-day teambuilding conference. My talk overran by 30 minutes!
Speakers Corner: And your last event?
Sean Chapple: Speaking in the Middle East with the use of an interpreter. The interpreter became so interested in listening about my journey she kept forgetting to translate and I frequently had to prompt her to translate.
Speakers Corner: Which event has been your favourite and why?
Sean Chapple: I really enjoy speaking at the London Business School. I always have to allow for long Q&A session because the audience always want to discover more about how I manage risk and how I get my team to perform at the highest level.
Speakers Corner: If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
Sean Chapple: Harvard Business School
Speakers Corner: Who would you most like to share a platform with?
Sean Chapple: Miles Barber. A truly inspirational adventurer.
Speakers Corner: On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?
Sean Chapple: 20
Speakers Corner: Do you use powerpoint?
Sean Chapple: My presentation is visual, multi-media and powerpoint based. I use powerful imagery and video footage from my polar journeys.
Speakers Corner: Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?
Sean Chapple: Yes. Whatever the size of the audience I always speak as if I was sharing my insights over a coffee with one person.
Speakers Corner: How do you like to be introduced?
Sean Chapple: I have a short script that I take along to speaking events. It includes a few bullet points on my achievements - the 'Ice Man®'
Speakers Corner: Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?
Sean Chapple: The majority of speaking engagements include a briefing call is useful, but email correspondence and the completion of pre-event questionnaire is equally important to gain as much detail about the desired outcome of the event, key messages and understanding any challenges the client organisation is facing. Ultimately, I aim to ensure my talk ‘fits’ with the overall objectives of the event.
Speakers Corner: What are the most asked for topics?
Sean Chapple: Team selection and alignment, Gaining commitment and maintaining focus, Facing and overcoming setbacks, Critical elements for success, Leadership challenges
Speakers Corner: Is your speech interactive with audience participation?
Sean Chapple: Not during the speech itself. Q&A on completion.
Speakers Corner: Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?
Sean Chapple: Early in my speaking career I was once invited to speak at an event only to discover that the event organiser had the speaker booking dates mixed up. I speaking speak on the wrong date, to the wrong audience and on a topic that in no way fitted. The talk went ahead, I think to bemusement of most of the audience wondering why I was about team leadership and polar exploration!
Speakers Corner: Your favourite film?
Sean Chapple: Paint your wagon.
Speakers Corner: Favourite book?
Sean Chapple: Danzigers Travels.
Speakers Corner: Favourite holiday destination?
Sean Chapple: The Scottish Highlands.
Speakers Corner: Country or townie?
Sean Chapple: I was born in the City, but now live in country and as an explorer I do have an affinity with the outdoors. So at heart a country!
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