Robyn Benincasa

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    Benincasa, Robyn
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    Change, Leadership, Motivation, Safety, Team Building
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Two-time World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, San Diego Firefighter and Founder of World Class Teams, Flashover Seminars and Project Athena Foundation
Two-time World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer and San Diego Firefighter Robyn Benincasa knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy, or as Robyn puts it, “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together”. For the past 15 years, she and her teammates have studied Extreme Teamwork in the most unique and compelling classroom on earth: The jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the epic brush fires of Southern California. It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of world class teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that go the distance in any endeavor.

NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Harpers Bazaar and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her amazing accomplishments. And Robyn accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon or start their own businesses. This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that allows each of us to become better and stronger than we ever would have been alone.


TEAMWORK Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results: The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy
What do the world’s most successful teams have in common? The ability to upgrade their “teamwork” to Human Synergy! Through her Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results keynote, Eco- Challenge Adventure Racing World Champion and San Diego Firefighter Robyn Benincasa imparts the attitude and mindset that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish truly extraordinary things together. Attendees will not only walk away completely thrilled with this unique visually and viscerally entertaining look into the world’s most amazing extreme teams, they will also leave with some simple and easily applied skills that will allow them to create Human Synergy with all of the teammates in their lives, from colleagues to spouses and family. The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy: Total commitment, Empathy and Awareness, Adversity, Management, Mutual Respect, ‘We’ Thinking, Ownership of the Project, Relinquishment of Ego, Kinetic Leadership

LEADERSHIP Lead Like Gumby: Flexible Leadership That Gets Results
According to research from the Harvard Business Review, a company’s profitability increases by up to 1/3 when managers create a more positive corporate climate through Flexible Leadership. In Robyn’s Lead like Gumby: Flexible Leadership that Gets Results keynote, she combines well- respected academic research with amazing Adventure Racing and firefighting footage that illustrates great (and not so great) leaders in action in the most extreme challenges on earth. The result is an in depth and powerful look into six distinct leadership styles that, when utilized interchangeably and judiciously, are proven to have a positive effect on the corporate climate–the simplest way to increase the bottom-line. Your leaders will emerge with a deep understanding of the most effective way to engage and motivate their teammates: That is, leading based on THEIR needs in a constantly evolving and ever-changing world.

MOTIVATION Extreme Performance: Why Winners Win
What are the 5 most common attributes of people who make a lifelong habit of winning? In her Extreme Performance: Why Winners Win keynote, World Champion Eco-Challenge Racer and Firefighter Robyn Benincasa uses the model of Adventure Racing to highlight the mindset and common attributes of world-class athletes, teams and leaders in their quest for victory—and provides some real world guidelines and principles for reaching the top of the podium in any endeavor.

Extreme Change: Adapt, Overcome and Win As One
Change is the only thing that stays the same. It is our response to that change that dictates our success. How do the world’s most consistently high performing teams ALWAYS find a way to get to the finish line or achieve their goals against all odds? Are they lucky, blessed, immune to setbacks? Nope. The best of the best experience times of great turbulence and upheaval just like everyone else. Its their attitude and mind set that makes or breaks the team. Is your team ruled by the hope of success or the fear of failure? Winning and ‘not losing’ are two completely different mind sets that lead to vastly different outcomes. In Robyn’s Extreme Change keynote, she shares incredible stories of triumph through adversity and outlines the simple and concrete methods that world class teams utilize to shatter the norm, see challenges versus roadblocks and embrace setbacks as a chance to learn and excel.

SAFETY Dangerous Attitudes, Deadly Consequences: “Not Me, Not Now, Not My Job, Not My Place”
When it comes to on-the-job safety, the right attitude can save your life and those of your colleagues. The wrong attitude can have deadly consequences.

Using in-depth case studies from the world’s most extreme jobs and adventure sports, San Diego Firefighter, Adventure Racing World Champion, and NY Times Bestselling author of How Winning Works will take your group on a compelling and unforgettable multimedia adventure in which they explore the deadly consequences of the 4 Dangerous Attitudes:

  • “I’m a professional. Safety requirements are put in place for rookies. It won’t happen to me.”
  • “I’ve done it this way 1000 times with no problems. What would make this time any different?”
  • “Making this area safe is someone else’s responsibility. Not my problem.”
  • “I’m new here. Who am I to question the people who outrank me?”

In Robyn’s presentation, each of the 4 Dangerous Attitudes is tackled head-on and illustrated by video footage from actual preventable accidents, all of which could have been avoided with a SAFER mindset:

Synergy–Safety is a TEAM effort. If you see it, SAY IT.
Adapt–Safety Guidelines change constantly, based on new data and equipment. Old dogs MUST learn new tricks.
Follow Rules–They’re there because someone before you was injured (or worse).
Educate Yourself–Safety is up to you. Don’t wait for a class or a workshop. Learn about the new gear/equipment and be a mentor to others.
Respect–Sometimes safety is inconvenient and time-consuming. But respect yourself, respect your family, respect your company enough to do things right.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility, with no regard for rank, experience, or job titles. It only takes a moment to do the right thing…

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