A couple of quotes from Earl’s brand new, April 2020 Executive Leadership website, earledeblonville.com.
“Our Leadership philosophy is: “Leadership is neither born nor taught, but circumstance calling forth a champion” (The use of “Our” begs the question of whether Earl has adopted the pronouns of monarchy or perhaps he has a mouse in his pocket). If that philosophy raises more questions in your mind than answers, rest assured because “Earle de Blonville is a world leader in the radical new leadership system that will change everything.” The condensed Cliff Notes version of Earl’s “leadership system” is “quit high school, start a small business, lead expeditions then claim to be a business coach and leadership expert. Whatever you do, don’t actually study anything but rely on intuition fueled bombast (and something called ‘self-talk’)”.
There, I have saved you the cost of a coaching session with Earl.
Surely we can rest assured that this “radical new leadership system” has resulted in a well documented and peer supported solid track record of leadership success for Earl. Would that it were so.
The qualities of an effective leader will always include honesty and trustworthiness in the top tier. Consider this 4/23/2020 tweet:
Here’s how this incident was described by the expedition videographer who was filming the incident: “Bloomfield decided to forge ahead, having seen me filming non-stop. In a bold attempt to showboat, he made a rash decision to careen over the corner of a small ice floe, but balance made him pay for his error and his kayak tipped sideways, dumping him upside down in the frigid waters. He was submerged for moments before attempting an Eskimo Roll technique to right himself. His first attempt was in vain as he reversed back into a submerged position. He tried again. He got halfway back up then returned once again to the icy water. It seemed, by now, that he’d abandoned the roll technique and squeezed out of his kayak beneath the surface. Like a sailor overboard, he quickly resurfaced and clung onto his capsized kayak until the rest of the team pulled alongside him, including the Zodiac. He clambered into the Zodiac shaking, quivering and, not the least, embarrassed. I spotted Joy from the corner of my eye and he was straining himself from guffawing out loud in amusement. Larry and Pompeii took control of Earl’s partially submerged kayak and assessed the damage. Bloomfield had completely waterlogged his entire kit including the latest Nikon reflex camera and the ultra expensive zoom lens. ” Anyone can make a mistake. It takes honesty and character to resist making life-threatening melodrama of your misjudgment.
One does have to give credit though, for a superhuman sense of balance. Few mortals can “stand on” the end of their kayak with such nonchalance.
4/17/2020: Earl has added another jaw-droppingly bizarre 6 page missive at Issuu.com. It seems Earl knows everything he knows about Montana from old Westerns.. Of particular interest is the comparison of Montana to North Korea. (Turn pages at bottom left corner of .pdf) Download the missive with annotations here:Earl-Issuu-Montana-screed-4-17-20
4/13/2020: Earl created a fake account at Issuu.com in MY name with a picture of ME taken from my FB page. All in order to post a FAKE “public announcement” about me being a troll. How boneheadedly unbelievable is it that someone would post a document exposing THEMSELVES as a troll? This is a form of mental illness.earl-academia-troll-posting-and-comments-4-13-2020
The websites of Earl’s various schemes over the years, arcticexplorer.com, arcticexplorer.net, 9sails.com, earldeblonville.com (Earl de Blonville’s ORIGINAL website) were all archived at archive.org (Wayback Machine). In late 2019 de Blonville went to the considerable trouble of demanding that archive.org destroy those records.
He has intentionally obliterated the online records of his own professional history, of which he is the sole author.
2/15.2020 Earl’s personal sailboat, Carola/Courage, which was slated to do bioacoustic research after being refitted at the cost of 3 million dollars has disappeared from the ORI LinkedIn page and the ORI website. The sailboat is currently in Denmark and is a “wreck” (quote from previous owner whose family had Carola for 25 years as personal yacht). Local sources say she is resting on the bottom at her mooring.