Shawn Stratton

Speaker Shawn Stratton keynotes on team-building and motivation



 International teambuilding and leadership consultant, bestselling author, an Ironman and a Marathon competitor, and expedition guide

Speech Topics Include:

Lessons Form Teams On The Edge-Team-Building Tools for the Harshest Environments.

Silver-Lining Adventures- The art of gaining perspective and tolerance in a crisis

Creating a Safety Culture: Lessons From Near Misses

Keynote speaker Shawn Stratton is an international teambuilding and leadership consultant, bestselling author, two-time Ironman and a Marathon competitor, and expedition guide.

Stratton has a Bachelors degree in Recreation with a focus in Experiential Education and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Driven by a love for experiential education, adventure, and leadership, he has devoted 20 years to leading teams, including over 2,000 days of wilderness expeditions into some of the world’s harshest environments, and six years consulting with corporations in team building and leadership development. His first book, Teams on the Edge: Stories & Lessons from Wilderness Expeditions, released in 2013, was an instant bestseller. In 2013 Stratton was inducted into the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows. Stratton is a senior instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and has sat on the boards of various volunteer organizations, which benefit from his dynamic leadership and wide range of teambuilding expertise.

Speaker Shawn Stratton

Lessons Form Teams On The Edge-Team-Building Tools for the Harshest Environments.

In his inspirational multi media presentations, Shawn shares key insights into building powerful teams, recounting his dramatic adventures leading remote expeditions around the world. His stories illustrate how leading wilderness experiences taught him valuable teambuilding lessons just as relevant in the harsh, life-and-death environment of the Himalayas as they are in a fast-paced and challenging office environment. To make any grand endeavor successful, a strong team is crucial. Shawn reveals leadership secrets that will transform your company’s group dynamic, and in turn, transform your business.

  • Discover Shawn’s ultimate directive for high functioning teams – the ‘ATS’ rule of teambuilding.
  • Learn the crucial importance of focusing on three disciplines that can produce immediate change in your team.
  • Through storytelling and real-life experiences learn thought provoking lessons that hit home and generate a call to action.
  • You will leave the keynote with several skills to practice, questions to ponder and an inspired commitment to enhance your own team dynamic.

Silver-Lining Adventures- The art of gaining perspective and tolerance in a crisis

In this stirring keynote, Shawn shares real-life stories and lessons of how he has narrowly avoided disaster. These stories range from his training for, running in, and experiencing first-hand the chaos of the 2013 Boston Marathon to losing irreplaceable personal effects as a result of one careless action. These very different, yet inspiring, tales come together through shared themes of gaining perspective and suspending judgment. As a teambuilding professional, Shawn explains how broadening your outlook, persevering, and taking a moment to show tolerance and patience for others can enhance team and leadership skills, especially in times of conflict or crisis.

Develop your teambuilding and leadership skills through inspiring stories that teach perspective and tolerance. Face difficulties in life and business with a sense of adventure and reap the benefits of that bold perspective.

Key Takeaways

  • Judgment: First impressions are not always true reflections of one’s character
  • Crisis management: Continually gather information and communicate effectively
  • Perspective: Expand your horizons and you will have a different viewpoint

Creating a Safety Culture: Lessons From Near Misses

A near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented such an unfortunate outcome. Most employees are not required to report these close calls as no disruption or loss in the form of injuries or property damage occurred. Thus, many opportunities to prevent such accidents in the future are lost.

In this presentation Shawn will show you how to leverage near misses and how they helped shape the risk management plan that led to saving a life deep in India’s Himalayan Mountains.

Key Takeaways:

  • Maximizing near-miss incidences
  • Utilizing transparency in the development of a safety culture
  • Implementing feedforward as an effective incident debriefing technique