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Although their experiences may sometimes seem torturous, most managers aren't facing dangerous or life-threatening conditions. Even so, argues consultant Perkins, they would do well to learn from both triumphant and failed expeditions. A former Marine lieutenant, Perkins introduces 10 key concepts he believes are essential to productive leadership with lively anecdotes from the adverse but ultimately successful expedition to the South Pole led by Ernest Shackleton in 1914 (his entire crew survived on the ice with almost no supplies or hope for rescue after their ship drifted off course and was crushed), which he contrasts with a disastrous Canadian expedition launched at almost the same time. Among the principles in the book's first half: "Minimize status differences and insist on courtesy and mutual respect"; "Take care of yourself, maintain your stamina and let go of your guilt"; "Set a personal example with visible, memorable symbols and behaviors." He also suggests that managers can benefit by keeping an "expedition log" in which they write about their current work situations. The second half of the book consists of four business case studies, including one of Malden Mills, a family-owned company that remained open despite fires that virtually shut down its operations. General readers are likely to find these studies less compelling, though experienced executives may identify with some of the management issues. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"After having read a dozen or two leadership books over the past decade, this book stands out...The author does an exceptional job…” --Suite101
“…interpretation of Shackleton’s strategies is relatable to today’s leaders showing that leadership skills transcend time.” --Yahoo Voices
“… tells the story of survival, and along the way points out how Shackleton's leadership made a difference.This is what makes this book such a compelling read.” --Mindconnection
“…succeeds in crafting a true leadership guide for the 21st century.” --Risk Mangement magazine
“The lessons are not just about leadership, but about life, persistence and the extraordinary resilience.” --A Slice of Leadership
“…book will change the way you think about and approach leadership in a crisis situation…” --Blog Business World
"… there are many leadership lessons to be learned from Shackleton’s amazing adventure.”--ABA Banking JournalSee all Editorial Reviews
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Although primarily directed at managers, this book contains timeless concepts that work well whether leading yourself, a team, or leading upwards and sideways. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book. I had to get an e-book since I was going to be away for a month for class and this fit the billPublished 11 months ago by Teresa B
as a teacher of maritime leadership, a lifelong interested in leadership structures and generally things nautical, this is the finest book on leadership I have ever read, next to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert C.
I bought this to supplement Caroline Alexander's book on Shackleton. This is a more academic handling of the expedition, not the story itself. Read morePublished 11 months ago by PugPeople