Patrick Hollingworth

Patrick Hollingworth is both a leadership and teamwork expert and an accomplished high-altitude mountaineer.
He’s is a big believer in the importance of organisations and the way they do their work (pretty much the entire well-being of our society depends upon them functioning effectively).

Patrick has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America to help their leaders and teams get comfortable getting uncomfortable in an organisational landscape which is becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) by the day.

Patrick has climbed extensively in the Himalayas and participated in 11 international expeditions. He worked towards his own personal goal of an unguided ascent of Mount Everest, and in 2010, after a lot of hard work and perseverance, he achieved it.

Standing on the summit of the world’s highest mountain reinforced his belief that the benefits of taking oneself out of their comfort zone far outweighs the initial discomfort experienced.


Light and Fast: A Blueprint for Organisational Leadership in a VUCA world

The old business landscape in which today’s organisations grew and succeeded is gone for good. Instead of stability, certainty, simplicity and clarity, we are looking at a decade of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) operating conditions.

In this presentation Patrick will examine the concept of VUCA, its ramifications for today’s commercial organisations and how to deal with the discomfort that it brings.

Leadership, Teamwork and Engagement in a VUCA World

In this presentation, we’ll look at how to stay engaged and adapt to change when we’re pushed to the edge, where there’s no room for mistakes. I’ll deliver a compelling visual narrative through the lens of a practical and readily implementable Nine-Step Framework for Leadership, Teamwork and Engagement in a VUCA world.

Safety and Risk Management – Staying Alive in a VUCA World

In this presentation I present safety in a positive and entertaining way, while reinforcing the importance of discipline versus the risk of complacency. You’ll learn about the framework I use for operating in VUCA environments, and you’ll leave feeling positive and ready for anything.


We worked with Patrick as the speaker at a major programme launch with a top international retailer. He provided a compelling perspective on the need to lead differently in the VUCA world and how that translated from the slopes of Everest to the high streets and websites of retail. Great speaker, great bloke.
~ Simon Hayward, CEO, Cirrus

Patrick recently gave the keynote presentation out our Annual Senior Fellows Dinner (WA Chapter of the Financial Services institute of Australasia). The positive feedback we received was unprecedented. His presentation was insightful, interesting and humorous. Patrick has a unique style whereby he is able to speak to the room and the individual at the same time. I thoroughly recommend him as a speaker.
~ Adrian Arundell, Director, Azure Capital

The YMCA Perth engage Patrick as a keynote speaker followed by the facilitated team building exercise that saw my staff climb a Himalayan Peak. I and many of my staff have experienced many of these styles of programmes but this one stands out above the rest. The use of multimedia that takes us on a genuine journey allows the learnings to be memorable. It is a great balance of theory and reality. I can highly recommend it.
~ Ross Kyrwood, CEO, YMCA Perth

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