Author: Robyn Benincasa

Women of Equinix: Get ready for an adventure!

Don’t miss keynote speaker, Robyn Benincasa, at our Equinix Women Leaders Network event on Jan. 13

Imagine being a lifelong athlete at the top of your game — breaking records, winning world championships and loving every minute of it — and then suddenly being told you’ll never be able to compete again.
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Create a Winning Culture of Engagement

How to Create a Winning Culture of Engagement

I love the Olympics. I love that Olympic athletes have been toiling away in relative obscurity for much of their lives, training for the ultimate moment. I love seeing them finally get their recognition when their amazing talents are brought into the light for the world to see.

For Olympic athletes, the quest has never been about money, as most of them never see a dime from their sport. Their drive is simply wanting to be the BEST. And I completely get it.
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How Great Leaders Inspire Teams

How Great Leaders Inspire Teams to Innovate, Adapt and Overcome to Win as One!

My teammates and I were multiple time world champions in a crazy non-stop multi day sport called Adventure Racing, in which mixed gender teams of 4 people kayak, mountain bike, mountaineer, raft, run and hike for 5-10 days, across some of the most remote and inhospitable places on earth, using only a map and compass for navigation and racing NON STOP — so if we slept and when we slept was all part of our team’s strategy. To make things even more interesting, all team members must stay together for the entire race, within 50 yards of one another from start to finish, and if one of our team members quit or was injured and pulled from the race course, our entire team was disqualified. Continue reading How Great Leaders Inspire Teams

5 Leadership Suggestions from the Back Seat

Robyn’s Guide to Leadership Suggestions from the Back Seat:

I’m a full time firefighter for the City of San Diego. And I have been for 19 years. In those 19 years, I’ve had an annual evaluation each and every year.  But I have yet to be asked what I think about my Captain and his/her leadership performance. As someone who spent the first 10 years of my professional life in field sales for Fortune 1000 hospital supply and pharmaceutical companies, I had become accustomed to the “360-degree feedback” loop, in which both leaders and their team give well-intentioned feedback to make one another better at what they do, and to draw attention to leadership styles or actions that may not be working for the team members.  It keeps everyone in check and accountable to one another in a (hopefully) positive way.

But in the fire service… not so much.  The person with the captain’s badge makes the rules, and everyone else… well, we shut up and follow them.  That’s the culture.  So I’ve created a short list of a few “Leadership Suggestions” that we “back seaters” (the lowly firefighters and paramedics in the back seat of the fire engine, aka the folks that clean your toilets) have been talking about in whispered bathroom meetings, quiet hallways, and more recently in emoji laden cross cab text volleys.  And we hope that any manager who also wants to ultimately be a World Class Leader in their industry or business will hear our quiet unspoken pleas. Please.  Sir or Ma’am.
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Courageous Leadership Series

Robyn’s blogs on Courageous Leadership:


1 – Taking Risks and Stepping into Character:

How many times in our lives have we put something off because we’re not ready, we need more time, we don’t feel comfortable, etc etc. I’ve completed 10 Ironman Triathlons and over 40 10 day non-stop Eco-Challenge Adventure Races through the most remote places on earth, and here’s a secret: I didn’t feel ‘ready’ for any of them.

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2 – Do It Anyway:

How you feel is far less important than what you DO. Feeling scared, nervous and uncomfortable when you’re rappelling off that symbolic cliff of changing your life, starting a business, going for a big goal is just a GIVEN. It’s the price of admission for an exceptional life! The only difference between you and the guy or girl who is living her dream is that he or she felt the fear and ‘did it anyway’. Back in the day, I played Judo. I was only a brown belt, not a black belt yet, but I was lucky enough to do a little bit of traveling and competing on the US Team. We were at the Hungarian National Championships, and I was totally overwhelmed and scared to death in my first big international meet. And then I saw the brackets for competition and had to literally sit down on the floor because I felt nauseous.

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5 Effective Strategies to Create Synergy and Build a World Class Team

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My teammates and I have learned about building World Class Teams the hard way. By competing in and winning the world’s toughest ultra-endurance Adventure Races. From the leech-infested jungles of Borneo to the towering peaks of Tibet and Ecuador, to the frigid seas and glaciers of Patagonia and the searing desert of Namibia, we have run, paddled, mountain biked, climbed, whitewater rafted, spelunked, mountaineered, navigated and raced across the most remote places on earth for up to ten NON STOP days and nights as a team. Continue reading 5 Effective Strategies to Create Synergy and Build a World Class Team

We give the Mountain pulpit to: Robyn Benincasa

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After Kristin Salzman was diagnosed with breast cancer, she endured five surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. But she told me that the hardest moment was shaving her head. “I looked different on the outside, just as I was different inside,” she said. Kristin—a mother who loves to run and kayak—beat cancer. But she’s still recovering. Continue reading We give the Mountain pulpit to: Robyn Benincasa