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A British explorer once summarized the feats of the great Antarctic explorer like this: "For a joint scientific and geographical piece of organization, give me Scott; for a winter journey, give me Wilson, for a dash to the Pole and nothing else, Amundsen; and if I am in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time." His words set the tone for Shackleton's Way, at once both a travel narrative and a handbook of the skills required for effective leadership of diverse groups, especially in times of change and crisis. Shackleton's attempts to reach the South Pole and his two-year fight for the survival of his crew, when their ship is stranded in ice and then sunk, makes for exciting reading. Using this story as the centerpiece of their book, the authors have woven in their interpretation of his success using interviews with exceptional modern leaders such as Mike Dale, Jaguar's former chief of North American operations, and Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, and by offering useful advice points at the end of each chapter. For example, in the chapter entitled "The Path to Leadership," Shackleton is shown to have been a well-read man, eager to learn and able to mix with varied company. The authors support this by noting that broadening one's horizons and learning to see things from different perspectives will allow for greater flexibility in problem solving. U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig agrees that a level of well roundedness is vital in leaders, acknowledging that "one of my prime aims in distributing books is to get people to think outside themselves and to think broadly."
Morrell and Capparell's excellent use of archival material (especially crew diaries) and their intelligent interpretation of what Shackleton's story implies about good leaders makes this book both pleasurable and educational. Throughout the story of the explorer's exploits, the authors have inserted summarizing subtitles that succinctly capture Shackleton's leadership style. Occasionally, this seems a little strained; while the explorer's progressive attitudes and actions deserve praise as leadership lessons par excellence, even some of his misjudgments are referred to with something approaching reverence. For the most part, however, the authors employ a subtle and effective hand in translating the actions of a man at the helm of a dangerous adventure into advice beneficial to leaders in all areas of life. --S. Ketchum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Shackleton's Way is an interesting read, blending historical narrative, biography, leadership lessons, and modern business practices. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Chuck Thomas
It reads like the Cliffs Notes of other Shackleton books. But it's a quick read, so worth blowing through in a weekend if you want some basic management lessons with an icy... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jed
Bought it for a management class, but couldn't put it down. Great read, very compelling.Published 3 months ago by M. Turner
He has long been my hero - and I do not believe in heroes. Shackleton is special by anyone's standards and this book allows us to see where he is special and how he achieved what... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Rawlinson
Unique leadership insight from reading the diaries of those Shackleton led.Published 4 months ago by Mike Wagner
I would highly recommend this book for anyone aspiring to be a leader, as the concepts are timeless. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J.Ilog