BRAIN FOOD: Unlikely managers - Racing yacht skipper. GBR Challenge, America's Cup, New Zealand

BRAIN FOOD: Unlikely managers - Racing yacht skipper. GBR Challenge, America's Cup, New Zealand - Name: Ian Walker

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Name: Ian Walker

When did you become a manager?

In cubs and scouts! I've always been comfortable in leadership. My first management role was here, with the America's Cup, on joining two years ago.

What does management mean to you?

Being well organised and leading by example, whether that's being in the gym at 6am or the last one cleaning up at night. You have to be decisive - it's hopeless to keep changing the plan. We have 34 sailors all wanting to be in an A-team of 16, so you have to keep the others focused and motivated.

At team meetings each morning, everyone is encouraged to give feedback on the day before. A big management challenge is being completely weather-dependant: if something breaks we have to change our plan. But everyone is completely committed. We're all aware this is our only chance: a lifetime's ambition.

What do you love/hate about it?

I love taking on the rest of the world. I hate not being one of the boys - it's like being a player-manager.

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