02 Sep 2011
Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spoken to the new MBA class at London Business School about his record-breaking circumnavigation of the globe on its polar axis.
Addressing the assembled students at Lord's Cricket Ground as part of the School's London Talks Series, Sir Ranulph said that he would look for motivation when selecting people to take part in his adventures. Motivation, according to Sir Ranulph, is "a total of all that has happened to you and how you react to it".
The intrepid explorer's talk, which took place last Friday at the home of English cricket, kicked off the School's new series of talks which features inspirational guest speakers at various iconic venues around London. The talks are part of the School's MBA Leadership Launch programme, which, along with academic studies, provides students with a bespoke self-development plan.
The explorer's interest in challenging adventures was aroused while he was in the SAS and the Army of the Sultan of Oman, during which he was awarded the Sultan's Bravery Medal.
He revealed that he also looked for people with good character when choosing his team for the 1979-1982 three-man expedition and added that this is not something that can be taught and is often put to the test when travelling in such isolated and extreme conditions.
Although a very driven man, Sir Ranulph revealed his soft side when asked what his most proudest achievement was. "Being married to wonderful lady for 36 years," he replied.