Leading At the Edge: Leadership Lessons From the Extraordinary Saga Of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition by Dennis N.t. PerkinsLeading At the Edge: Leadership Lessons From the Extraordinary Saga Of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition by Dennis N.t. Perkins

Leading At the Edge: Leadership Lessons From the Extraordinary Saga Of Shackleton's Antarctic…

byDennis N.t. Perkins, Margaret P. Holtman, Paul R. Kessler

Hardcover | May 15, 2000

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Part adventure story, part leadership guide, this intriguing book examines Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition through the lens of business - to reveal a set of powerful strategies for corporate leaders. In the chronicles of extraordinary adventures and against-the-odds survival, nothing compares to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team of South Pole explorers. Stranded in the frozen sea for nearly two years, they endured extreme temperatures, hazardous ice, dwindling food, complete isolation, and perpetual blackness. Yet, despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the group remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive - a fact that speaks not just to luck but to an unparalleled feat in leadership. Now, for the first time ever, Leading at the Edge draws on this amazing story to reveal the power of effective organizational leadership under conditions of uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapid change. The book uncovers 10 lessons - complete with stirring examples from the Shackleton expedition, as well as contemporary business case studies of the strategies in action - on what it takes to be a great leader. Readers learn how to: * Set a personal example with vivid symbols and behaviors * Instill optimism while staying grounded in reality * Reinforce the team message constantly * Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about * Have the courage to take big risks, and more. For managers and executives who feel stressed out or stretched thin, these memorable strategies will help bring order to chaos - and success in the face of the most daunting adversity.
Dennis N. T. Perkins, Ph.D. (Branford, CT) is president of the Syncretics Group, a consultancy that specializes in effective leadership. Margaret P. Holtman is director of employee development at Hartford Life, Inc. Paul R. Kessler is a managing consultant at Stromberg Consulting. Catherine McCarthy, Ph.D., is a principal of the consul...
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Title:Leading At the Edge: Leadership Lessons From the Extraordinary Saga Of Shackleton's Antarctic…Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.02 inPublished:May 15, 2000Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0814405436

ISBN - 13:9780814405437

Appropriate for ages: 17

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Date published: 2008-01-16

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To get ahead in business requires great leadership. Take your business lessons from the example of one of the greatest leaders of them all, Sir Ernest Shackleton. In Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Limits of Human Endurance — the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, readers will learn how Shackleton helped his crew survive extreme temperatures, a low supply of food and perpetual darkness to stay sane and eventually survive. You’ll learn 10 valuable lessons derived from the experiences of the men on this incredible voyage that will help you to become a great business leader.