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Although their experiences may sometimes seem torturous, most managers aren't facing dangerous or life-threatening conditions. Even so, argues consultant Perkins, they would do well to learn from both triumphant and failed expeditions. A former Marine lieutenant, Perkins introduces 10 key concepts he believes are essential to productive leadership with lively anecdotes from the adverse but ultimately successful expedition to the South Pole led by Ernest Shackleton in 1914 (his entire crew survived on the ice with almost no supplies or hope for rescue after their ship drifted off course and was crushed), which he contrasts with a disastrous Canadian expedition launched at almost the same time. Among the principles in the book's first half: "Minimize status differences and insist on courtesy and mutual respect"; "Take care of yourself, maintain your stamina and let go of your guilt"; "Set a personal example with visible, memorable symbols and behaviors." He also suggests that managers can benefit by keeping an "expedition log" in which they write about their current work situations. The second half of the book consists of four business case studies, including one of Malden Mills, a family-owned company that remained open despite fires that virtually shut down its operations. General readers are likely to find these studies less compelling, though experienced executives may identify with some of the management issues. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
...should be read by anyone who aspires to the mantle of leadership. -- National Post, May 25,2000
Perkins has distilled 10 principles from [Shackleton's] survival experiences he offers them as a guide for business leadership at the edge. -- The New York Times, May 28, 2000
The author, Dennis N. T. Perkins, shows extraordinary insight in leadership with 10 clearly stated principles. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by K. Stearman
Leading at the Edge reaveals in detail how to take the qualities of an icon of leadership and how to translate those qualities into practical use for today's business climate and... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2002 by museumperson
This is the type of book that you will seek out over and over again as you gain insight and understanding into your own individual leadership. Read morePublished on April 25 2002 by "kristineablaha"
When British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton was busy saving his crew after a shipwreck in the Antarctic in 1914, you would guess that he wasn't thinking much about teaching... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2001 by Rolf Dobelli
I found this to be truly engaging. A great storyteller, Dennis Perkins interweaves the drama of the polar expedition with the urgent demands of today's executives, as they grow and... Read morePublished on June 12 2000 by Andrea Sehl
This book provides a great example of the FACT that anything can be done with the right state of mind. Read morePublished on June 9 2000 by Gene Rachmansky