GRANT 'AXE' RAWLINSON
Grant ‘Axe’ Rawlinson is a Team Decision-Making Coach and Human Powered Explorer. Born with an intense natural curiosity, for 20 years he has been achieving bold, unique goals in the world of business and exploration.
With this unique blend of both corporate and extreme exploration as a background, Grant uses the knowledge he has gained to inspire and help sales and business teams make more effective decisions by adopting the mindset of explorers and becoming number one by being the FIRST to do things.
Grant has challenged himself from the street level to the boardroom, and over 50 expeditions across the globe including walking across countries, cycling across continents, summiting Mt Everest and crossing oceans and continents completely by human-power. His preferred style is lightweight, self-supported and exploratory expeditions using as little support as practically possible.
A native of New Zealand, Grant lives in Singapore, holds Bachelor and Post Graduate degrees in Surveying and Finance, is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a professional member of the Asian Professional Speakers Association(APSS). Grant is married to Stephanie with twin daughters Kate and Rachel.
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WHY IS TEAM DECISION-MAKING IMPORTANT?
The fundamental requirement of a high-performing team is it's ability to make effective decisions. Grant teaches individuals and teams how to make more effective decisions by thinking and acting Strategically, Critically and Collaboratively (SCC). SCC thinking is critical to a teams ability to drive change and innovation and achieve Bold Unique Goals.
Grant helps teams understand the relationships between their intuition and their rational thought processes, the strengths and weaknesses (biases and errors) which self-consciously inhibit all of our judgement and practical techniques and thinking styles to improve our individual and team decision making effectiveness.
WHY IS AN EXPLORER'S MINDSET RELEVANT TO BUSINESS?
In the increasingly competitive and fast paced world of business, the ability to successfully innovate has become crucial to not only thrive but even survive!
In the world of adventure, innovators are termed 'explorers'. Successful explorers have unique and powerful mindsets. We need to not only think creatively to come up with innovative solutions, but have the mindsets and the skillsets to drive these ideas through into reality. We need to implement these visions of what others often think impossible and turn them into achievable goals.
Grant's expeditions have grown from projects involving a few days and a few hundred dollars to massive exploratory projects, full of risk and uncertainty, spanning years with S$500,000 budgets and large networks of sponsors. The highly uncertain and risky nature adds enormous challenge and complexity to navigating the 'business' of exploration and Grant shares these powerful lessons he has learned and earned from experience with your teams so you too can drive successful innovation.
GRANT'S PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Certified Brain Based Coach through the Nueroleadership Institute
Post Graduate Diploma in Business and FInance MDIS Singapore
Post Graduate Diploma in Surveying (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Bachelor of Surveying Degree (University of Otago, New Zealand
SOME OF GRANT'S SUCCESSES:
ROWING FROM HOME TO HOME – CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS.
Founded and lead the first team to attempt a completely human powered journey 12,000km from Singapore to New Zealand by rowing boat.
PEAK TO PEAK – NEW ZEALAND
Founded and lead the first team to make a non-stop, 1,300km, unsupported, completely human powered journey from the summit of Mt Ruapehu to the summit of Mt Cook in New Zealand.
PEAK TO PEAK – EUROPE
Founded and lead the first team to attempt a non-stop, 2,000km, unsupported, completely human powered journey from the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland to the summit of Mt Blanc in France.
CLIMBING AROUND THE WORLD – INCLUDING MT EVEREST
Summited over 50 mountains worldwide including Mt Everest, Exploratory 1st ascents in Kazakstan and Kygrystan, Patagonia, USA, Africa, Winter expeditions to Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Australia, South America, Europe and New Zealand. Almost all climbs are completed in Grant's preferred expedition style of light weight, non-guided, two-person teams.
Twenty five years of competitive rugby including 3 years representing the Singapore National 7-aside rugby team. Eventually forced out of rugby through injury including broken legs, 3 x broken collar bones, broken nose, broken ribs, broken ankle, dislocated ankle, broken wrist, broken teeth, dislocated fingers and concussion (not all at the same time!).
To learn more about Grant's expeditions, including his current one, visit his
expedition website at www.axeoneverest.com