College staff inspired by polar explorer

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College staff inspired by polar explorer

06 October 2014

Our staff started the academic year with an inspirational talk from Pen Hadow, a world famous polar explorer, entrepreneur and leader at a cross college meeting last week.

Pen made history in 2003 when he became the first person to walk solo and unsupported to the North Pole. He followed this up by walking solo to the South Pole in 2004. During his talk Pen inspired the staff with stories of how he dealt with both the positives and negatives during his expeditions, including extreme temperatures, long days without human interaction, and avoiding becoming a polar bear’s next meal!

Pen said afterwards:

“The main messages I hoped to deliver to the college staff were that most things are possible, and if you don’t take risks then how will you ever know what you can achieve? I believe that achieving your goals is all about breaking big challenges down into small chunks so that no one step is too big to make. I hope the staff could relate this to the challenges they face in their own roles.”

Saskia Larsen, Human Resources & Development Manager for the college, who arranged the talk was delighted that the staff were able to hear of Pen’s experiences:

“It was a fantastic, inspiring speech which had some really important messages for our staff and I hope they are able to take some of what they learnt back into their classrooms and other areas of the college in the coming academic year”.

Pen was also very impressed with his first visit to the college:

“I was amazed how modern and bright the facilities are and what a great atmosphere the college has. I was also really impressed with what I saw of the staff going about their jobs as it was clear they all have a very deep commitment to serving the students and making their college experience positive and exciting. They were all very genuine, kind and helpful.”

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