What makes Alan Hobson unique as a speaker is a combination of his powerful and sincere delivery and his proven ability to custom build the content of every presentation to speak to the specific needs of each client. He never gives the same presentation twice, but he always treats each client the same way – personally. Using an exhaustive preparatory process that includes personal interviews conducted by telephone, Alan seeks out the most important issues facing each client. He then seamlessly weaves the results of his study into each presentation and combines them with the most relevant topics and themes from his own life experiences. The result is a presentation with unparalleled individual and organizational impact. This has earned him countless accolades and standing ovations, as well as the distinctive title of The Best Adventure Speaker in the World. If you are looking for a speaker who prepares thoroughly and executes passionately, Alan Hobson is your man. You will not find a more sincere presenter, nor one more committed to delivering a tailor-made presentation that speaks directly to the current challenges facing each group. His wisdom has been forged in the fires of personal experience and the relevance of his messages is as mesmerizing as it is applicable – immediately.
Rising to the Challenge of Change
The hostile operating conditions on Mount Everest change by the minute with changing wind conditions, snow conditions and weather conditions. With ever-increasing competition, technological innovation and sudden market shifts, so does the landscape of business. Three years after standing on the top of Everest, Alan was faced with the most cataclysmic change of his life when he was diagnosed with acute leukemia and given less than a year to live. Today, he is more physically fit than he was prior to his last Everest expedition and is considered officially medically cured. He shows audiences how to rise to the challenge of change, and profit from it.
Achieving R.O.I. through Risk
To get to the top of Everest, you must risk your life – repeatedly. Although the risks in business may not appear as severe, the livelihood of thousands of people and their families can be at stake. Alan knows what it takes to risk it all and he shares his winning strategies from stage.
Harnessing the Power of Preparation
A typical Everest expedition takes three to seven years to finance, organize, train for and execute. A good business plan can easily involve a similar amount of time, but may have to be implemented in days, weeks or months. Before stepping on stage, Alan prepares by extensively researching the unique needs of each group and then smoothly integrating his knowledge into each presentation. When he combines this knowledge with vivid descriptions of the exhaustive preparatory process he followed prior to each of his three Everest expeditions, the picture is powerful – and powerfully relevant to everyone in the room.
Triumphing through Teamwork
None of Alan’s three Everest expeditions or his climb back from cancer could have been achieved without a massive team effort executed over many years. The greater the complexity of a business goal, the greater the need for a concerted and coordinated effort as well. Alan shows the triumph in teamwork during his three Everest expeditions and his climb back from critical illness. The lessons garnered along the way are immediately applicable to any organization or individual reaching for the top today.
Focusing on Execution
All the preparation in the world will not help us if we cannot deliver the goods when the moment comes. Alan’s summit window on Everest lasted just twelve hours and his life-saving blood transplant took just 20 minutes. Yet, in both instances, he achieved virtually flawless execution. On Everest, his team put almost half its climbers on top. On his Everest of illnesses, Alan’s medical team performed a textbook blood transplant with virtually no side effects. During his presentations, Alan shows how to achieve excellence in execution – every time.
Learning from Setbacks
Success in business is never instantaneous. It is always the result of continuous improvement and an ever-refined process. Alan’s team was unable to make it to the top of Everest on their first two attempts but they learned volumes about how to be more efficient and effective each time. During his presentations, Alan tells the tale of his three expeditions to Everest and how we can all emerge victorious if we mine the priceless knowledge from the depths of our experiences.
Overcoming Unexpected Obstacles
Alan’s first expedition ended when his team’s high camp was blasted off the mountain by high winds. His second expedition missed the top by two city blocks when one of his team members came down with life-threatening high altitude sickness and had to be rescued. Finally, Alan stood on top of the world on his third trip to Everest, only to later face an even bigger mountain. The unexpected is just as commonplace in business. How fast we react and how effectively we adapt can be the keys not only to survival, but to success. Alan offers precious keys to both.
Turning Adversity into Opportunity
After being diagnosed with cancer of the blood and given less than a year to live, Alan not only survived, but thrived. The acid test of an organization is no less so. Alan offers a living example of how to transform trial into triumph.
Adapting to Shifting Priorities
It happens to everyone. We set out toward a goal, but suddenly, a competing priority forces us to shift our focus and resources. When one of Alan’s teammates came down with life-threatening high altitude sickness just two city blocks from the top of Everest, his team had to choose between their objective and their teammate. The choice they made and how they implemented their sudden shift in focus provides a stirring example of peak performance under pressure. It resonates forcefully with every organization today.
Getting Back on Top
The true test of an organization is not how it performs when times are good, but how well it bounces back when times are tough. Twice, Alan was denied the summit of Everest. Then, critical illness almost took his life. He can show you not only how to bounce back, but how to climb back – to the top and beyond.
Patching into the Power of the Mind
When times are tough, the separator is not always strategy and tactics. It can be psychology – the ability to focus in the midst of adversity. Alan gives you the psychological tools to develop the laser beam intensity needed to triumph in business and in the business of life.
Peaking through Persistence
Twice denied the summit of Everest on two separate expeditions and later told he had less than a year to live, Alan courageously persisted. He not only reached the summit of Everest, but also survived to thrive beyond his Everest of illnesses. He is living proof of the power of persistence, the capacity of courage and the ability we all have to achieve our dreams no matter what the obstacles.
ALAN S. BLINDER is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also Vice Chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network, and a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Blinder served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from June 1994 until January 1996. In this position, he represented the Fed at various international meetings, and was a member of the Board’s committees on Bank Supervision and Regulation, Consumer and Community Affairs, and Derivative Instruments. He also chaired the Board in the Chairman’s absence. He speaks frequently to financial and other audiences.
Before becoming a member of the Board, Dr. Blinder served as a Member of President Clinton’s original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 until June 1994. There he was in charge of the Administration’s macroeconomic forecasting and also worked intensively on budget, international trade, and health care issues. During the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, he was an economic adviser to Al Gore and John Kerry, and he continues to advise numerous members of Congress and officeholders. He also served briefly as Deputy Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office when that agency started in 1975, and testifies frequently before Congress on a wide variety of public policy issues.
Dr. Blinder was born on October 14, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his A.B. at Princeton University in 1967, M.Sc. at London School of Economics in 1968, and Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971–all in economics. Dr. Blinder has taught at Princeton since 1971, and chaired the Department of Economics from 1988 to 1990. He was the Founder and either Director or Co-Director of Princeton’s Center for Economic Policy Studies from 1989 to 2011.
Dr. Blinder is the author or co-author of 17 books, including the textbook Economics: Principles and Policy (with William J. Baumol), now in its 12th edition, from which well over two and a half million college students have learned introductory economics. He has also written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, central banking, offshoring, and the distribution of income. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and elsewhere.
Dr. Blinder was previously President of the Eastern Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association. He is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Bellagio Group, and a former governor of the American Stock Exchange. Dr. Blinder also serves on academic advisory panels for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Hamilton Project.
He has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Dr. Blinder and his wife, Madeline, live in Princeton, NJ. They have two sons, Scott and William, and two grandsons, Malcolm and Levi.