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Leading at the Edge

Magazine article Risk Management

Leading at the Edge

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LEADING AT THE EDGE

Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition (2nd Edition)

by Dennis N. T. Perkins

Ernest Shackleton's famous Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition from 1914 to 1917 seemed doomed when the explorers' ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice and was slowly crushed, leaving the crew of 28 to suffer through nearly two years of extreme temperatures, hazardous ice, dwindling food, complete isolation and perpetual blackness. How did every man survive? With a bit of luck and lot of leadership.

Author Dennis N.T. Perkins dissects Shackleton's personality and actions, and relates them to traits needed of modem business leaders. His book Leading at the Edge uncovers 10 lessons within the first section, from the motivational "Optimism and Reality" chapter to the strategic segments about risk taking and conflict. All are rife with not only adventurous examples from the Shackleton expedition, but with modern case studies from companies such as Texas Instruments, Levi-Strauss and AT&T, and specific wartime examples of bravery and leadership from the Marines. …

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