Joe MacInnis

Speaker, L&D


Dr. Joe MacInnis

Renowned Explorer | Leadership and Teamwork Expert

Some people are born leaders. The rest of us find ourselves in positions where leadership is required. Self-described as an “accidental leader,” Dr. Joe MacInnis has led or participated in more than fifty of the world’s most important expeditions and logged more time beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean than any other scientist on earth.  A medical doctor and expert on human performance in high-risk, high-stress environments, Dr. MacInnis is an eloquent and stirring speaker who shares the leadership lessons he’s learned from the high seas and beyond.

Dr. MacInnis is a physician, scientist, and author who led the teams that made the first science dives at the North Pole and built the world’s first polar undersea station. He was among the first to dive to the Titanic and has worked with the US Navy, the Canadian government, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and NASA. Dr. MacInnis also spent 80 days working with James Cameron on Cameron’s “DeepSea Challenge Project.” As Cameron’s digital journalist and team physician, MacInnis recorded the final construction of the sub, the initial tests in Australia, the first research dives in Papua New Guinea, and Cameron’s epic, 7-mile dive into the Mariana Trench. He has given keynote presentations on leadership to IBM, Microsoft, GE, National Geographic and the US Naval Academy.

The author of 10 books, Dr. MacInnis’ research has earned him six honorary degrees and Canada’s highest honour, The Order of Canada.


The Secrets of Deep Leadership

How do alpha leaders like James Cameron and Special Forces soldiers achieve their dominant success? In this gripping, visually-driven talk, leadership expert Dr. Joe distills the leadership process into six takeaways that will help any organization build a culture of fierce ingenuity and team genius. What are the prime pathways and principles of leadership? Why is the leadership-mentor atmosphere so important? With spellbinding storytelling, self-depreciating humour, and sheer energy, Dr. Joe delivers an instructive look at the path to leadership success—reminding us to anticipate the needs of our team partners and perform random excessive acts of kindness.

Following Shackleton's Footsteps: Six Principles for Your Leadership Checklist

One hundred years ago, after losing his ship to the Antarctic ice and spending months surviving on an ice floe, Ernest Shackleton and a skeleton crew climbed into a small boat and made a near-miraculous, 800-mile journey across a wind-swept, heaving ocean. On reaching the island of South Georgia, they trekked over mountain ridges and glaciers to find help for the 22 men they had left behind.

How did Shackleton achieve his astonishing success? Recently, Dr. Joe—who led ten research expeditions under the ice of the Arctic Ocean—took a 10,000 km journey to South Georgia to find out.

In this gripping, visually-driven talk Dr. Joe distills Shackleton’s leadership principles into six takeaways that will help any organization build a culture of fierce ingenuity and team genius. They include deep empathy, deep eloquence, and deep endurance. With spellbinding storytelling, humor, and sheer energy, Dr. Joe delivers an instructive look at the path to leadership success—reminding us to anticipate the needs of our team partners and perform random and excessive acts of kindness.

Safety Leadership in High Risk Environments

Leadership Lessons from the James Cameron-National Geographic 7-Mile Dive Into the Mariana Trench

Deep Green, Save-the-Planet Leadership

Leadership - 12 Essentials

Duration: Half Day
Target Audiences: Leaders, Managers

Dr. MacInnis describes his struggle to lead six first-ever science expeditions under the ice of the Arctic Ocean. In these sessions you will meet Scott Carpenter, one of the ‘Original Seven’ Mercury astronauts and Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. You will hear from Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the acclaimed French undersea pioneer and James Cameron, the Academy Award winning film director. Using experiences he’s shared with these and other pioneers, Dr. MacInnis introduces you to 12 essential attributes of leadership. He also outlines six steps to help you recognize these attributes and apply them to any endeavor including government, business, science or sports.
LEADERSHIP-12 ESSENTIALS takes you on a perilous journey under the ocean and into space and introduces you to twelve individuals who lead dangerous lives, work with complex systems, and personify the essential attributes of leadership.

They include marine scientists who use extreme-depth research subs to explore the ocean’s deepest depths and shuttle astronauts who orbit the earth at 17,000 miles an hour while constructing the International Space Station. Two miles under the ocean or more than 200 miles in space they confront lethal forces including nooxygen, sub-freezing temperatures and blood boiling, bone-crushing pressures. To survive and work effectively, they’ve become masters of collaboration whose skills include physical toughness, strategic imagination and team genius. Years of training and experience give them the rare dimension of character known as leadership.

Leadership is the art of influencing others to overcome challenges in a way that earns respect, confidence, and cooperation. Leaders begin their quest by analyzing and emulating the ideas and actions of men and women who inspire them. They build a leadership library and find mentors to guide them. They take advantage of every leadership opportunity and measure and record their progress.

IN HIS 4-HOUR WORKSHOP Dr. MacInnis describes his struggle to lead six first-ever science expeditions under the ice of the Arctic Ocean. In these sessions you will meet Scott Carpenter, one of the ‘Original Seven’ Mercury astronauts and Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. You will hear from Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the acclaimed French undersea pioneer and James Cameron, the Academy Award winning film director. Using experiences he’s shared with these and other pioneers, Dr. MacInnis introduces you to 12 essential attributes of leadership. He also outlines six steps to help you recognize these attributes and apply them to any endeavor including government, business, science or sports.

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