INEOS Team GB

dg_sailingfan

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INEOS has to chance their Management from the Top Down for AC37 to have any chance of success. Letting the same people running the Show and then expect a different Result will not work.

Grant Simmer has a poor track Record the last few AC Cycles. Many blamed him that OTUSA was in an 0 - 5 hole during their Defense in 2013. Things changed when Russell Coutts took matters in his own hands.

 

Xlot

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That lowly engineer would go a shit load further by studying "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie. Just sayin.
Based on an entire working life in engineering firms, I submit you have no idea about the psychology of design specialists: most of them are absolutely brilliant in their field of expertise, but otherwise deficient in common sense and social skills - and quick to clam up if contradicted. Otherwise, they’d be managers ...

 

jaysper

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Based on an entire working life in engineering firms, I submit you have no idea about the psychology of design specialists: most of them are absolutely brilliant in their field of expertise, but otherwise deficient in common sense and social skills - and quick to clam up if contradicted. Otherwise, they’d be managers ...
Def not my experience, but then my engineering experience was largely limited to large ($500 Million+) projects with the likes of Fluor Daniel (awful & incompetent) and Bechtel (awful and effective).

Not everyone was the bubbly sort like I am, but they were with very few exceptions very social and at the end of a long day we would all fuck off to the pub for dinner and a drink.

 

Sailbydate

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Based on an entire working life in engineering firms, I submit you have no idea about the psychology of design specialists: most of them are absolutely brilliant in their field of expertise, but otherwise deficient in common sense and social skills - and quick to clam up if contradicted. Otherwise, they’d be managers ...
You'd be dead wrong about design specialists, but right about my lack of exposure to engineering firms. ;-)

 

dg_sailingfan

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Sir Ben Ainslie wrote a new Blog Entry in the Telegraphs Sailing Section:

Says "The Decision on the Venue rests with Defender Emirates Team New Zealand" also echoes Matteo de Nora "Many Options on the Table"

 

EYESAILOR

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Oh look; a billionaire wants something he can’t buy. Color me amazed. 
Jim made his money the hardest way possible .  In industrial assets.  This is not a Silicon Valley founder with $20 billion of stock in a publicly quoted company that is yet to make its first profit.   He didnt start until his 40s and he went in and turned around some very tough businesses that major companies had given up on.

He will give it his best shot. He knows he can lose. But he also knows that you cannot win unless you believe you can win.  He talks about business life as requiring a sense of adventure and an ability to take calculated assets.    He is also known as a good manager of people and teams (very low turnover of employees ) who is brilliant at picking the right people, defining goals and then letting them get on with it.

Obviously it will depend on boat, designer and sailors but Sir Jim is about as well  qualified  a team owner as any syndicate could find.

 

Paddywackery

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Warning Shot to potential other Challengers:

Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants that Cup and he probably go over "Broken Glass" to get it if he has to.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sailing/2021/03/24/sir-jim-ratcliffe-continuing-americas-cup-quest-chance-magical/
I can't read the article but he's certainly motivated and has significant resources to mount a serious challenge. And he has assembled a stable of highly talented sports people across multiple disciplines beyond sailing. That will make the approach taken interesting and probably different from previous challengers.

 


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