When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision Making Lessons from the Antarctic by Brad BorkanWhen Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision Making Lessons from the Antarctic by Brad Borkan

When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision Making Lessons from the Antarctic

byBrad Borkan, David Hirzel

Paperback | February 23, 2017

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Grab a warm blanket. This book puts you right into the action of the life-and-death decisions made by early Antarctic explorers. It is filled with unforgettable stories about the challenges and decisions they faced on the ice.

While we might not be pulling sledges across Antarctica in the early 1900s, this book also reveals valuable lessons in leadership, team work, and sheer grit and determination that can help all of us make better decisions in our lives today.

In When Your Life Depends on It, you’ll discover:

  • 11 of the greatest survival stories in the history of exploration
  • How to make decisions fast without feelings of doubt or guilt
  • How to improve your team and leadership skills, which are valuable in any profession.
  • When it is right to take a big risk.
  • How to succeed against all odds

Co-written by a decision scientist and an Antarctic historian, When Your Life Depends on It is filled with tales of resilience that resonate with people who love travel and adventure as well as those seeking insights into human behavior. It reveals the mind-set of the brave men who risked, and in some cases gave their lives, for science, discovery and exploration.

Buy When Your Life Depends on It today to learn about one of the most remarkable periods of history and in the process learn new strategies to improve your own personal and business decision making.


“A remarkable book”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes -- the greatest Polar explorer in our lifetime

“The Polar book of the year”

Jonathan Shackleton -- descendant of Ernest Shackleton

Brad Borkan's interest in polar history started when he picked up an Antarctic book at the age of 8, at the local Public Library. He has a graduate degree in Decision Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and a fascination in how people and businesses can make better decisions. Brad has presented at Antarctic conferences in N...
Title:When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision Making Lessons from the AntarcticFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.44 inPublished:February 23, 2017Publisher:BB-DH Joint ProjectsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:194531205X

ISBN - 13:9781945312052

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. David M. Wilson, Antarctic historian, grand-nephew of Antarctic explorer and scientist, Dr. Edward Wilson

It’s your call. Opening story

1 When your life depends on it. Decision making in extreme environments. It's not like crossing the street.

2 How strong is your will to survive? Where does inspiration come from?

3 What do you do when luck runs out? Crushing disappointments and the durability of the human spirit.

4 How well have you prepared? The art of knowing your needs before they arise.

5 Who is in charge? The surprising importance of the deputy leader

6 Who is on your team? Choosing the best from the best available.

7 Three biscuits and thirty-five miles to go. Would you do it?

8 Promises, promises: How good are you at keeping yours?

9 Do you agree all is fair in love, war and polar exploration?

10 Will the results be worth the effort? Going the distance to find out.

11 All or nothing: When do you take the big risk? Sometimes you just have to plunge ahead.

12 What’s your higher purpose? Why go?

Postscript: Applying Extreme Decision-Making Lessons from the Antarctic to improve your own decision making.

Editorial Reviews

"A remarkable book."Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the greatest Polar explorer in our lifetime“The Polar book of the year”Jonathan Shackleton, descendant of Sir Ernest Shackleton“A page-turner with true stories that will sear you to the depth of your soul. It brings to life a time when ordinary people faced extraordinary challenges as they pushed forward the boundaries of human knowledge against powerful forces in a hostile environment. The stories and the decision making lessons derived from them will stay with you for the rest of your life.”David Wilson, world-renowned Antarctic historian and descendant of Antarctic explorer Dr. Edward Wilson“Absolutely inspiring. To me this should be required life reading.”Jean Bartlett, long-time Arts and Features Correspondent, Pacifica Tribune, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury