EXECUTIVE COACHING

Earle works with senior executives and successful entrepreneurs wanting to develop their leadership potential to face a rapidly changing world, and from competitive to inspirational roles, with increased meaning and purpose in their lives.

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

A range of unique executive programs that is highly rated by clients and designed to support individual and organisational leadership development. Coming soon: the revolutionary Postformal Leadership program for advanced individuals.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKING

Earle is a warm, generous, and humorous speaker who quickly connects with audiences. His great knowledge of highly relevant true leadership stories brings key leadership lessons to life. He has real agility in facilitating audience engagement.

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ABOUT
Earle de Blonville, FRGS 

Explorer, Author, Educator, C-Suite Coach, Corporate Consultant.

Fellow: Royal Geographical Society, UK
Fellow: LAB, University of Catalonia, Spain
Adjunct Professional Fellow, SCU, Australia

Leader: First Australian Arctic Expedition, East Greenland
Leader: First British Australian Exploration Cruise, Arctic
Leader: First Australian Exploration, West Greenland
Chief Leader: ANZSES Expedition Granite Mountain
Director: Australian Bicentenary Tall Ships Spectacular

“Earle is one of the very few true leadership thought-leaders in the Asia Pacific region whose approach and philosophy on leadership in the corporate world is nothing short of avant-garde.” – Director Institute.

He is unique on the Leadership world stage for the breadth and depth of his practical leadership experience, gained over five decades (and several near-death experiences). Completing an adult-level Outward Bound program at just 16 years old, he moved to the UK to work as a professional mountain instructor in Scotland, the Lake District, and North Wales. His assignments included training long-term youth recidivists in sub-Arctic conditions, adventure mountain training for young industry leaders, and remote mobile expeditions with international participants, plus adventure curriculum development, adventure centre management and staff technical training.

“Earle de Blonville is a great, but unsung, Australian hero, with outstanding leadership qualifications." - Professor The Hon. Barry Jones, AC. Minister for Science 1983-90

His extensive field leadership experience includes adventures in the Himalayas, Greece, Austria, Italy and the Australian Alps, scientific expeditions in the Kimberley and East Gippsland, and multi-year maritime exploration of largely uncharted Arctic coasts in Greenland.

In the corporate sector, he has developed executive leadership education programs, consulted on leadership communications strategies, and coached many C-Suite executives to overcome career-challenging blockages. Earle’s extremely successful WIN program has transformed leadership culture and language to stimulate rapid growth for clients, and his crisis-based leadership consulting has produced remarkable success in a range of industry sector assignments. Earle's forthcoming Leadership Communication programs - exclusively for women - are planned to support the rapidly expanding presence of women in leadership.

“Earle brings incredible focus and insight to leadership development. I am yet to discover anyone who compares as an inspiring and masterful coach and mentor.” – Student Travel Australia

Earle is a former Adjunct Professor at IDEAS, SCU, NSW, and is now an Adjunct Professional Fellow at SCU; an appointed Fellow, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain; and since 1984 has been an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London.

Awarded a Masters by Research (equivalence), by the School of Management, College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, for his extensive success in developing executive education programs, Earle set aside a planned Arctic expedition to enter a PhD program (currently deferred but with ongoing research) to develop a new theory of leadership based on 40 years of Harvard research into higher adult development and the new field of Postformal Psychology. This will have worldwide practical application, and is aimed at Leadership for futures of massive uncertainty during climate catastrophe. Earle has presented his early research findings as an invited plenary speaker at international conferences in Germany and Romania.

“Earle’s remarkably diverse leadership experiences have direct analogies to the workplace. Combined with his credibility as a practical leadership expert is a sharp intellect and empathy for the difficulties of leadership.” – World Wide Entertainment

His ground-breaking creation and leadership of Australia’s first Arctic expedition, during 1985-86, was an extraordinarily complex $2.5 million (2022) project. Its operation stretched more than halfway around the world, involved eight countries, British royalty, prominent Australian and UK business, political and social leaders, scientific organisations, and a range of commercial sponsors.

In 1987 Earle was appointed Director of the Tall Ships spectacular where the Prime Minister officially opened Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary. It involved management of 500 volunteers, four city councils, plus State and Federal governments and, with more than 1.5 million visitors, was the biggest staged event in Victoria’s history.

“Earle is a motivating, strategic and intelligent leader who leads from the front with an outstanding track record in delivering success. A person of vision and integrity, he truly understands people, builds effective business relationships and willingly shares his expertise.” - Boston Kennedy

His acclaimed book, Savage Coast, now in its second fully revised edition, details wide-ranging challenges of field leadership faced in extreme circumstances. It is held in private collections and libraries worldwide, including the Prince of Wales collection, the Bodleian library in Oxford and the Shakespeare public library in Paris. ‘Savage Coast’ is an exceptional record of leadership through endless uncertainty. It provides invaluable insights for leaders who know they must prepare themselves to face a future of climate catastrophe: with mass migration of refugees and potential terrorism, driven by climate's unprecedented destruction of economies, societies and human life, with no horizon in sight.

“Earle is a fast and sharp thinker with a genuine interest in developing individuals to achieve the most they can.” - Globe Surfer Racing Team

Awards:
The 1,000th Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust Award

The rarely-given Olegas Truchanas Expedition Canoeing Award



Links:
View the trailer for his documentary film 'Savage Coast' at: https://vimeo.com/232723180.
Explore the full story of his acclaimed book 'Savage Coast' here.


Buy his book 'Savage Coast' at: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01KQ6PMIW


Share his Leadership thoughts on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/earldeblonville/


Watch his early Leadership videos here.
Enjoy Earle’s personal Photography site featuring images of his expeditions.

Book an initial meeting:
EARLE (at) DEBLONVILLE.COM


‘Leadership is neither born, nor taught: it is circumstance calling forth a champion’
- Earle de Blonville: ‘Savage Coast. Inside Australia’s first Arctic expedition’


Leadership is a global industry which is facing an existential crisis of meaning and relevance.

Today’s $360 billion-a-year ‘leadership industry’ emerged in the 1980s when business schools began selling status by
rebranding management programs as leadership. But Management is not Leadership.

Leadership is now an almost meaningless porridge of 40 theories, 1,500 definitions and millions of books, taught globally by people with no real leadership experience. The paradox is that at every level, it seems, everyone now calls themselves a leader,
while paradoxically leaders worldwide have never been held in such low repute.

Throughout history, leadership born of circumstance has advanced civilisation through huge challenges, threats and uncertainty, from human conflict, geographical catastrophe, societal upheaval, or pandemics. Leadership has always been the human response.

In Ukraine, as if to remind us, leadership is being restored for all to view: circumstance has chosen its champion. However, looming over the whole planet, and completely reshaping our human future, rapidly escalating climate catastrophe
is already calling forth champions everywhere. So how can you prepare?

Leadership cannot be learned in a classroom, only in the crucible of life. It emerges amid unexpected turmoil, where every situation is unique, granular and episodic, each calling on different human qualities. Leadership is essentially a matter of the human heart.

When leadership circumstance calls, who answers? It is said that whoever would discover their leadership potential must first undertake a difficult journey to discover themselves, through trial and error, so that they can then understand others.

As humankind engages with its greatest leadership challenges ever, those who aspire to leadership 
need to know, above all else, how to be ready.
Worldwide, leadership is broken, allowing global challenges like climate crisis to change our world forever.

In Australia, climate crisis has just removed the national government from office. The UN now believes that global societal collapse is a realistic possibility.

What the world needs is an exceptional new approach to leadership to meet the future turmoil of challenges like climate crisis. Stepping up to the realities of new Leadership is likely to be the greatest challenge we will ever face.

Earle de Blonville is Australia’s foremost thinker and practitioner on leadership for highly uncertain times. His expertise comes from extensive experience of expedition leadership in remote and dangerous regions; major event leadership; executive leadership coaching; and Harvard-based academic research into an entirely new theory of leadership.

He believes that one of the biggest 'Change-Thinking' obstacles we face is an entrenched $360 billion-a-year global ‘Leadership Industry’ that was never designed for today’s unfolding climate crises, but for a self-serving and complacent era of Business-As-Usual that is now long gone. Put simply, leadership is broken. It needs totally new thinking to fix it.

That said, 'broken' can be good, because it allows the light of new opportunities to shine through and challenge old certainties, asking much bigger questions that take us far beyond 1980's Business School 'curriculum leadership'. For example, how did mankind's leadership ability enable us to deal with past climate emergencies, such as global post-glacial flooding (400' of sea level rise), rapid Saharan desertification, and early pandemics (Chinese Black Death and Plague carried by Mongols)? There is much more to leadership than most of us realise.

But for now, this is the time for your organisation to start actively developing your people for the global disruption of challenges like climate crisis that will impact everyone on earth.

Book an initial meeting:
EARLE (at) DEBLONVILLE.COM

Savage Coast - The Book
Savage Coast is an unrivalled story for our highly uncertain times.

Here is the leader’s inside story of Australia’s 1985-86 historic first Arctic expedition, to an uncharted coast in early winter. It’s an epic of what happens to a $2.5 million voyage to the end of the world where all your plans are blown away by a winter hurricane and all that’s left is slow starvation in a soaked sleeping bag on a wave-battered coastal rock, with no possibility of rescue or your bodies being discovered, except by hungry polar bears.

Savage Coast offers an almost unrivalled look inside the reality of complex leadership decision-making where almost everything conspires against the expedition’s success, or even its survival. In this story of ongoing crises there are non-stop insights and valuable lessons for those who can expect to be engaged in tomorrow's front-line climate crisis leadership.

Extract from the first edition cover  ---

"A disabled yacht is towed into a remote Arctic village just as winter begins. It has been drifting amongst offshore reefs in freezing sea fog, as giant icebergs cruised past. The engine no longer works, the radio and compass have failed and the sails and rigging are largely worn out. Aboard is a dispirited crew. They have travelled here from the opposite side of the world, now they are trapped, unable to escape the looming freeze by heading south for somewhere warmer. Beneath the surface of the crew’s brittle cohesion, there are tensions waiting to explode and one member has already erupted in uncontrolled violence. As winter’s first hurricane blasts down from the 10,000-foot high icecap and through the village at 240kph, the die is cast for a journey none of them could have imagined."

Vox Pops

"Timeless insights into the hidden depths of leadership”
-Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt, OBE, FRGS, world’s greatest living explorer

“Fully captures the reality of leadership.”
- Dr Iain McCormack, Polar Psychologist

“Deep insights into complexity and unpredictability.”
- Sir Gustav Nossal, Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne

“A masterpiece of exploration by a poet of action” 

- Bill Green, Author and Screenwriter: ‘Terminator 2’.

“An unvarnished record of a major achievement”

- Professor Barry Jones. Australian Minister for Science 1983-90

“A fascinating exploration of an explorer”
- Phillip Adams. International Broadcaster

“Its frankness in describing success and failure sets it apart from leadership books.”
- Jonathan Hutchings, Company Managing Director

“Reveals that leadership cannot be taught, no leader is infallible and there is no single recipe for success.”
- Richard Gilmore, Executive Director: EarthWatch Trust

Selected Reviews

“This book is a powerful account of an expedition that Earle de Blonville led to East Greenland in 1985-86. This is a powerful story of privation, courage, obstinacy and tenacity, full of sharp insights, vividly written, an unvarnished record of a major achievement. The story, with its freshness and immediacy, is timeless, demonstrating what charismatic leadership can achieve, against all odds.”

“This is a brilliant, beautifully written testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. The book tells Earle de Blonville’s own story as the leader of Australia’s first expedition to the Arctic in 1985-86. It illustrates the power of one man’s vision and the courage of the author and his men to rise above extreme adversity to carry it out. It offers rare glimpses into the extraordinary weight of responsibility he shouldered. This book should appeal to anyone seeking to chart a course for themselves or their organization in the rapidly changing uncharted landscape and uncertain futures of our fragile planet.”

“How Earle and his hard-bitten team survive their battle with the elements is nothing short of a miracle. Earle is a fine lyrical writer with enchanting passages on the subtlety and spirituality of polar seascapes. Importantly, he is brutally honest with descriptions of the rawness of basic living in makeshift camps ashore and with the agony of personality clashes. Every nautical mile of this journey is hard-won. For Earle, there could be no turning back.”
Arctic Explorer and Leadership Philosopher Earle de Blonville, FRGS, delivers Leadership lessons drawn from his personal experience of leading Australia's first Arctic expedition, to East Greenland. On this harrowing expedition, everything that could go wrong did so, sometimes more than once. The key lessons de Blonville explains here are that the future is always unknown, uncertain and impossible to be prepared for just by training based on hypotheticals. The single greatest truth revealed is that the only certainty is uncertainty, meaning that Leadership requires being ready for any circumstances, most of them unexpected. This means Leadership is a matter of personal character, flexibility, adaptiveness and courage, not of authority, status or force of personality. The leader must humbly accept that no one can ever be sure that any decisions taken under duress, in the field, are right, reliable or anything more than best guesses. Only time will reveal if they were. As today's Climate Catastrophe increases its grip on our planet, these Leadership Lessons from Hell will become more relevant and valuable.
Arctic Explorer and Leadership Philosopher Earle de Blonville, FRGS, delivers Leadership lessons drawn from his personal experience of leading Australia's first Arctic expedition, to East Greenland. On this harrowing expedition, everything that could go wrong did so, sometimes more than once. The key lessons de Blonville explains here are that the future is always unknown, uncertain and impossible to be prepared for just by training based on hypotheticals. The single greatest truth revealed is that the only certainty is uncertainty, meaning that Leadership requires being ready for any circumstances, most of them unexpected. This means Leadership is a matter of personal character, flexibility, adaptiveness and courage, not of authority, status or force of personality. The leader must humbly accept that no one can ever be sure that any decisions taken under duress, in the field, are right, reliable or anything more than best guesses. Only time will reveal if they were. As today's Climate Catastrophe increases its grip on our planet, these Leadership Lessons from Hell will become more relevant and valuable.
Arctic Explorer and Leadership Philosopher Earle de Blonville, FRGS, delivers Leadership lessons drawn from his personal experience of leading Australia's first Arctic expedition, to East Greenland. On this harrowing expedition, everything that could go wrong did so, sometimes more than once. The key lessons de Blonville explains here are that the future is always unknown, uncertain and impossible to be prepared for just by training based on hypotheticals. The single greatest truth revealed is that the only certainty is uncertainty, meaning that Leadership requires being ready for any circumstances, most of them unexpected. This means Leadership is a matter of personal character, flexibility, adaptiveness and courage, not of authority, status or force of personality. The leader must humbly accept that no one can ever be sure that any decisions taken under duress, in the field, are right, reliable or anything more than best guesses. Only time will reveal if they were. As today's Climate Catastrophe increases its grip on our planet, these Leadership Lessons from Hell will become more relevant and valuable.