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Derrick McManus

Beyond Resilience to Human Durability

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  • Shot 14 times with a high-powered rifle
  • Massive injuries and three hours before rescue
  • Doctors say, “I don’t know how he survived. He’s an incredible human being”
  • Two years later returned to full duties

Derrick McManus epitomises Human Durability 

Everyone understands the value and importance of resilience and Derrick has been speaking about it for years. However, Human Durability is a cutting edge development that goes beyond the mere bounce back of resilience to enable you to ‘sustain optimal performance’ in your business and personal life. 

Human Durability has such power for leadership that the University of South Australia School of Psychology is now in research collaboration with Derrick. 

The strategies in Human Durability are the reason Derrick survived the shooting and thrived afterwards. They are the strategies that will drive your business to the next level of performance and to sustaining optimal performance. 

The Story:

Derrick was a police sniper, recovery diver and counter-terrorist operative when he shot 14 times in less than 5 seconds. With massive injuries, to almost every part of his body, he was lying on the ground fully conscious for three hours.  How he managed his physical and psychological well-being is almost beyond the belief of doctors, psychiatrists and audiences. It has to be heard to be believed. The book is being written and the movie is being discussed. 

As unbelievable as this story is; the Human Durability philosophy that goes with the story is exciting in its simplicity, its power and its universal application to leadership in any situation. 

This is one of the most inspirational, insightful and captivating keynote presentations available. Derrick has keynoted and facilitated workshops for businesses, governments and schools on 4 continents.

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Human Durability is as applicable to businesses and organisations as it is to personal challenges. The essence is in creating simplicity, comfort and confidence to have the courage to use your full capacity.

What you will learn

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The strategies in Human Durability are the reason Derrick survived the shooting and thrived afterwards. They are the strategies that will drive your business to the next level of performance and to sustaining optimal performance.

























Human Durability


‘Proactivity’



The process and ability to plan for and implement ‘sustained optimal performance’ in business and personally.


It minimises uncertainty, doubt and procrastination; it inspires confident, decisive, efficient and effective leadership, decision-making and action in any situation.



Resilience


‘Reactivity’



The ability to bounce back after failure or catastrophe.


Resilience is a foundation for Durability, and the mid point on the Durability Continuum



Durability continuum



From Fragility to Resilience to Durability. There is massive strength from merely understanding the simplicity of the continuum process and where you currently sit on it.



Peak Performance


             V’s


Optimal Performance



The distinction between Peak V Optimal is important to understand. Sustaining peak performance leads to anxiety, stress and eventual burnout. Sustaining optimal performance reduces stress and anxiety and is sustainable.



Open, Honest, Confronting Conversations



This is the underpinning principle of Human Durability.


Nelson Mandela says, “One cannot prepare for something while secretly believing it’s not going to happen.”


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Shot 14 times … and still able to laugh about it

Shot 14 Times, Lying On The Ground For 3-Hours, Losing So Much Blood That He Saw The White-Light And Doctors Said, “I Actually Don’t Know How He Survived.” Derrick Was Expected To Be In Psychological Therapy For Decades After The Shooting. He Had A Single, 3-Hour Appointment With A World-Renowned Psychiatrist And Was Immediately Cleared Psychologically To Return To Full Duties. The Human Durability principles, philosophy and processes reduce uncertainty and stress, provide models for managing physical, mental and emotional challenges and give everyone the confidence to keep on going and find success in the little things and the big. Derrick is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid Provider.

STAR Group is aligned to the elite military Special Forces. Derrick has trained with the Australian military SAS in counter-terrorist tactics. There are very specific leadership principles that the STAR Group and the Special Forces use to take their teams into high-risk hostile environments and situations and be successful. The same leadership principles form the basis for the leadership principles you need in the office, on the oil-rig, in the sales team, for the sports team, for the corporate executive, for the CEO or anyone who is taking on any challenge and managing a team. They are simple and they are very effective and they are universal.

Out of the shooting, Derrick has distilled the 5 Drivers that gave him the confidence and courage to trust in himself and his team to be successful in the volatile and high-pressure environments of VIP protection, vertical rescues, high-risk arrests, counter-terrorism and more. His job was not for the faint hearted and not for those without personal drive for creating success. These 5 Drivers for Success are applicable to everyone in any situation.

Consciously taking on an uplifting challenge can be an exciting time but the greater the challenge the greater the risk of something going wrong. Being prepared for both the good and the bad is something Derrick did very well. He took responsibility for the choice to take on the challenge and he also took responsibility for ‘any’ possible consequence. The preparation process is applicable to any business or personal challenge and starts with acknowledging the risks and having open, honest and confronting conversations with yourself and your team/family. Derrick was so well prepared for the possibility of being shot ‘on the job’ that at the time the bullets were ripping into his body, he was already cracking jokes with himself while still focussed, decisive, proactive and calm enough to manage the situation so that he would survive and the offender would be arrested There are profound lessons, simple but effective processes and lots laughs for everyone. Your people will learn how to be more confident, decisive, efficient and effective in any challenge.

Teams - 5 Drivers for Success

The want to succeed is common.  Possessing the internal Drivers for Success is rare.

Derrick has distilled the 5 Drivers that gave him the confidence and courage to trust in himself and his team to be successful in the VUCA and high-pressure environments.

Business sometimes operate in their own VUCA environments.

The application of these 5 Drivers for Success are applicable to everyone in any situation.

7 Pillars of Leadership

STAR Group is aligned with the elite military Special Forces. Derrick trained with the Australian military SAS in counter-terrorist tactics.  There are very specific leadership principles that STAR Group and the military Special Forces use to take their teams into high-risk VUCA environments and be confident of success.

The same leadership principles form the basis of the leadership principles you need in the office, on the oil-rig, in the sales team, for the sports team, for the corporate executive, for the CEO or anyone who is taking on any challenge and managing a team.

They are simple, they are very effective and they are universal.

Mental Wellbeing

Shot 14 times, lying on the ground for 3-hours, losing so much blood that he saw the white-light and doctors said, “I actually don’t know how he survived.”  Derrick was expected to be in psychological therapy for decades after the shooting.  He had a single, 3-hour appointment with a world-renowned psychiatrist and was immediately cleared psychologically to return to full duties.

The Human Durability principles, philosophy and processes reduce uncertainty, anxiety and stress. They provide models for managing physical, mental and emotional challenges and they give everyone the confidence to keep on going and find success in the little things and the big.

Derrick is also a qualified in Mental Health First Aid.

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Testimonials

One of the most powerful presentations I’ve ever seen and truly remarkable life lessons.

Cathie Crampton, Head of Property Management - Harcourts International
The Human Durability workshop provides a framework that allows you to survive and flourish through any problem the world throws at you … you will be free to enjoy life without the stress of the unknown.

Matthew Garrett - RAAF High-Performance Program
What Derrick has to say is directly transferable and usable when you walk into the office on Monday morning. It’s very practical and very powerful.

President - Australian Property Institute
So powerful that we booked Derrick for conferences in four states.

Bob Hobbs, Manager Training and Development - Austbrokers Holdings Ltd
I believe our guests walked away with a special message personally and professionally … how you tell your story is inspiring and uplifting. It was great how you related your story back to our corporate and sporting audience.

Erin Gray, Corporate Sales Executive - Adelaide Crows Football Club

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