Dominique Görlitz

Field(s) of expertise: Teamwork, dealing with Crises

Language(s): German, English

Success is always the result of team work!

Sailing over the rough North Atlantic Sea on a small boat with a team of eleven crew members is a borderline experience that strongly affected experimental archaeologist, extreme sailor and author Dr. Dominique Görlitz. Such an extreme situation can only be mastered successfully, if a well-established team can rely on each other 100 %. Motivation, courage and team spirit are decisive key qualifications – not only on the high seas but in your everyday work routine as well!

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The extreme sailor, scientist and Global Top Speaker Dr. Dominique Görlitz dared an expedition over the most stormy water way of the world – across the North Atlantic from New York with the heading to Spain. What nobody expected before, he carried out on his daring voyage:

  • nine men and two women on 40 m² limited life space
  • the vessel without any escort alone in the mercy of the elements
  • two months full of destitution and danger
  • 13 storms with dramatically experiences in towering waves and in wind force 10!

The whole team together on one boat for a common vision in science and society.

The ABORA Team, with extraordinary motivation and courage, has demonstrated how enormous feats can be achieved through collaboration, team spirit and the faith in common goal. All this while breaking away from existing preconceptions and traditional beliefs, boldly going against previous scientific evidence. This adventure is not about success at any rate, but about exploring new possibilities through teamwork, which an individual would never accomplish. But how do you motivate a team, even in extreme situations, to stick together and perform at maximum efficiency? What makes expeditions like these so appropriate to prove the human quest for enterprise and eventual success?

The Global Top Speaker Dr. Dominique Görlitz is a handsome experimental archaeologist. The New York Times entitled the expedition leader and film maker as the „German Indiana Jones, who tried to cross the North Atlantic on a bale on straw“. In his conferral of a doctorate at the University of Erlangen he discussed the trans-Atlantic cultural interactions before Columbus.

His lectures are well illustrated and underpinned by captivating movies. Equally amusing and entertaining, he illustrates that there is continuity between past and present developments. His strength lies in his ability to use his research trips as a metaphor for the modern entrepreneurship. He runs the gamut from his research on group dynamics to future societal developments. If necessary, he is integrating any other theme in his lectures.

His speeches are carrying him not only on to the Seven seas, but to many countries including the U.S., Norway, Italy, Egypt, Bolivia, Lebanon and Cyprus.

For his extraordinary performances as a speaker and adventurer Dr. Dominique Görlitz received the 5 Sterne Redner Award in 2011.

More Speeches

  • ABORA IV - A rediscovery of prehistoric technologies and their importance for growth and change processes in today’s world
  • Did Columbus merely rediscover America?
  • Climate change - fiction or reality? A critical analysis from a historical point of view

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Participant Comments

„It was a fabulous presentation, rich with meaning not just for adventurers but for everyone in their day-to-day lives.”

Dr. Michael Wilhelm / Sächsischen Ministeriums des Inneren / Staatssekretär

„I would like to thank you once again for your terrific presentation

on Friday. Our customers were thrilled – your presentation bowled them


Maria Hanisch / adesso AG

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