Marc Amérigo
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When I was a child, I was literally overwhelmed by my emotions. I lived with emotions constantly. They filled my days, my dreams. A single look could make me happy, but a word could hurt me forever. And it's true, I cried often. Sadly, what allowed me to perceive this world around me, I saw as a weakness when I saw it reflected in others. Because of my Italian roots, a little boy must not cry, especially as he grows up. At age five, the little boy must toughen up, following in his father's footsteps at the judo club. It's an ordeal every time. I remember this sailing trip, quite a tough one in gale-mind weather, with a friend reading me Baudelaire poetry, while I was managing a somehow critical situation. An incredible memory of flow between pure performance, his poetry and emotions. It wasn't concious, but I conformed to what our society expects. To survive. This emotional weakness, I learned to hide from others. I built my shell to keep confidence. What a weird world! I became a real machine, especially in difficult, complex environments I particularly appreciate, even extreme. I am able to show no emotion to go towards the goal. I can even be hard with the people around me and those who show weakness. In 2002, with several partners, we created a company that makes confinements, temporary structures like this one. Awesome! We force respect in the industry, and I want my company to be humane, ready to help. But we created a kind of modern monster, steeped in procedures, ISO systems, with this crazy race towards performance. Chaos, harmony, everyday trust is fragile, uncertain. The collaborators are loyal, but weary, tired. We will even go as far as clash. A few years before, I met a rather extraordinary person. His name is Eric Barone. He is a world champion in speed and downhill mountain biking. We work together on aerodynamics to break world speed records, like this one in 2000: 222 km per hour on snow. In 2002, he aims for a new record, on solid ground, this time. And he makes it. Still relevant today: 172 km / h. But at what cost? When he passed in front of the cells, the race for pure performance almost cost him his life. We both rebuilt ourselves and we met again in 2013, to work once more on the race for the record. Montesquieu said: "To succeed in the world, you must look crazy and be wise." Our project is simple: beat this world record, with work, a lot of work. In late March 2015, the conditions were difficult, but the world record fell. Eric sets 223 km / h on snow. An extraordinary success, an incredible personal satisfaction. What a relief after all this work! But what frustration! Just one small km / h! We are still in pure performance. It's difficult because we are worn, exhausted by the tension, the pressure. When the record was announced, I am on the walkie-takie, at the top and I collapsed for 30 minutes, inconsolable. It's a real emotional shock. Actually, a door opens again to a new world, I would say. Something we are going to exploit. We will use it the following year. We decide to have artists and technicians collaborate, at night, at the full moon, without artificial light. We must use all our senses to connect to each other and allow Eric to draw this ephemeral curve of light in the mountain. It's a click, to connect to our senses, it's dark, we do not see anything, we have to be connected to each other. This is a click for the ultimate attempt we will launch the following year. The purpose of this attempt it is to raise the emotional dimension, this power, and associate with the already hyper technical, hyper performing team. We work on a different management, more fluidity, we even work on our senses, we create a kind of emotional experience in which we all gather, we create our tribe, a real tribe. What is key in a tribe is that the egos, imagine how powerful they are here, the egos fade, there is less pressure, less tension, we respect the other, there is no judgment. Management is flexible, the difficulties are erased with a disconcerting fluidity. So here we are. This tribe you see here, it is constituted, it is effective. Eric, the champion, is part of the tribe, we are all here, ready for D-Day with the intensity of emotions that can be seen here. Three, two, one, go! 228 km / h. Plus 4,5 km / h, phenomenal! Eric has outdone himself, the team has outdone himself, but ... First, congratulations Mr. Barone! Congratulations to the team! And respect! It's an extraordinary feat, he risks his life. And what happened in fact? How could we create this kind of connection? We are very technical, of course, to achieve these goals. We equipped several people with sensors, t-shirts stuffed with sensors to know our respiratory rate, our heart rate, our position in space. Eric is equipped, I am also equipped at the top, a third person, who holds the bike, is equipped at the top, a fourth, Mathias, an the bottom - one kilometer away - and then a professional photographer of extreme sports - just next to us, one meter away, really close, arrived the day before, he is not really part of the tribe but knows the world of the extreme. Look at these curves: the physiological stress of all those people. First stage: 5:24 am, a briefing with Eric, just to explain that we are there. The physiological stress drops. Second key moment: we arrive at the top of the track, everyone fears that there is wind. At the moment I announce that there is no wind, the physiological stress drops again. Third key moment: the world record. We are all synchronized, all our heart rates are synchronized, All except one. Guessed who it is: extraordinary day for the photographer. This is the white dashed curve. You see it there. It's clear, he's not in the same world. But he enjoyed it a lot. So a project has two key dimensions that are very complementary. First, the technical dimension. It's in the background, it gives reliability, regularity on the fixed axis, everything that is technical: engineering, marketing, finance, all that, to achieve the goal, pure performance. The second dimension is human, it allows us to control, to avoid obstacles, to anticipate, but also to hit the wall. These two dimensions combined allow us to achieve objectives: the ultra performance in which we combine two things: the operational result, well above what we can imagine; and personal fulfillment, very high, at the highest level. So in front of all this, you imagine that, in my way of working, to work with companies, project supervision, I changed my way of doing things years ago. This so-called emotional weakness, it is perhaps the strength of the great achievements. The charismatic, providential leader that everyone is looking for, it is a chimera of our society. Ultra-performance is in the collective, it is attainable. Yes, this world is really, really weird. On the one hand, we have organizations who snatch us up, who are focused on efficiency, with no regard for of our emotions. On the other hand, these same organizations make sure that you do not fall into stress and avoid burn-outs. So they create spaces for relaxation, meditation, to feel good, team building. It reminds me of Apocalypse Now, this film where populations are massacred, and survivors are cared for in order to have a good conscience. It is the same pattern. Faced with these new great achievements, always more ambitious, ahead of us, we must relearn to turn to new forms of cooperation, in which everyone is acknowledged for their technical excellence, but also their emotional excellence in which we can converge, in which everyone finds meaning and pleasure. Self-confidence, in others, in the future, it's up to us to impose it on this weird world. To us all. René Char wrote in 1950: "Impose your luck. Serve your happiness and go towards your risk. Looking at you, they will get used to it. " Thank you. (Applause)