Destructive Goal Pursuit: The Mt. Everest Disaster

Hardcover | October 17, 2006

byD. Christopher Kayes

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Leaders extol the value of pursuing challenging goals, but evidence suggests that this leads to disaster as often as success. Drawing upon engaging real-life stories, including the Mount Everest Climbing Disaster, the author shows how destructive goal pursuit can result in the breakdown of learning in teams. He questions assumptions about traditional leadership and calls for rethinking the role of the leader. This provides an unparalleled analysis of leadership and practical strategies for overcoming destructive pursuit of goals.

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Leaders extol the value of pursuing challenging goals, but evidence suggests that this leads to disaster as often as success. Drawing upon engaging real-life stories, including the Mount Everest Climbing Disaster, the author shows how destructive goal pursuit can result in the breakdown of learning in teams. He questions assumptions ab...

D. CHRISTOPHER KAYES is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at George Washington University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.64 × 6.34 × 0.76 inPublished:October 17, 2006Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023000332X

ISBN - 13:9780230003323

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Introduction * PART I: EVEREST AND DESTRUCTIVE GOAL PURSUIT * The 1996 Mt. Everest Climbing Disaster * Destructive Goal Pursuit * The Problem of Goalodicy * The Limits of Leadership * The Breakdown of Learning in Teams * PART II: OVERCOMING DESTRUCTIVE GOAL PURSUIT * Learning * Teamwork * Ethical Decision-Making * PART III: REMEDIES: EVEREST AS A SOURCE OF LEARNING ABOUT LEADERSHIP * From Destructive to Productive Pursuit * Rethinking the Role of Leader