Matt McFadyen

Matt McFadyen

World Adventurer
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Program Descriptions

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.

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 focused 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.

The Beauty of Failure

In the summer of 2013, Matt attempted to row, sail and drag a 17.5-foot open boat across 3000 miles of ice choked waterway known as the North West Passage. After 41 days of the coldest summer in decades having covered 1500 miles Matt and his team mate Cameron were unable to continue due to the severe conditions.

After 2 years of planning preparation and hard work both Matt and Cam struggled to deal with this looked upon failure…But with Failure comes opportunity and incredible learning.

Failure is inevitable in all aspects of life but how we process, analyze and learn from failure is a skill.


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Matt McFadyen has been a leader of teams in some of the toughest conditions on the planet. Matt McFadyen From dragging heavy sleds to the North Pole to sailing small yachts through the world’s deadliest oceans, McFadyen has pushed himself and others to the ends of the earth, testing the limits of human potential.

This includes three record-breaking expeditions to the North Pole & two long-haul sailing trips to Antarctica. Then in 2013, Matt rowed, sailed & dragged a small boat 2000 miles across the North West Passage.

Very few people have the ability to combine the adventure world and the business world quite like Matt McFadyen.

For over a decade, Matt has worked with diverse global organizations to align leaders, energize culture and build winning teams.

Matt leads his audiences through the emotional highs and lows - and to the extremes of human potential.

A world-class speaker and facilitator, Matt addresses leadership, building high performing teams, motivation and inspiration.

Matt has delivered hundreds of inspirational, thought-provoking keynotes in over 20 countries, partnering with organizations across multiple Fortune 100 industries - Cisco, Deloitte, HP, LinkedIn, Oracle, McAfee, PricewaterhouseCoopers, to name a few.

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