Magazine article Management Today

Books: My Three Top Reads. Steve Williams OBE

Magazine article Management Today

Books: My Three Top Reads. Steve Williams OBE

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Former British rower and double Olympic champion. Meet him at MT Live Birmingham on 18 March. See www.managementtoday.co.uk/go/mtlivebirmingham

Endurance

Alfred Lansing

Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2000

No attempts to turn Shackleton's ill-fated South Pole expedition into a leadership programme come close to the original story of how, after his ship was crushed by frozen sea, Shackleton led his 28 men across ice, oceans and mountains to safety. The story shows how one leader can inspire a team to literally never say die. It leaves you feeling invincible in the face of any adversity, and unlikely to ever complain about being cold again.

Close to the Wind

Pete Goss

Headline Book Publishing, 1998

An inspiring story of relentless fortitude and the humility of risking your life to do the right thing. This tale documents how sailor and former Royal Marine Pete Goss turned his boat back into a hurricane to try, against all odds, to save a near-dead man on a life raft somewhere in the vast wilderness of the southern ocean. …

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