Leading at the Edge by Dennis N. T. Perkins
Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition

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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; and, 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".

About Dennis N. T. Perkins

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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 consulting firm Kaye & McCarthy.
Published May 5, 2000 by AMACOM. 268 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Young Adult, Self Help, Travel. Non-fiction

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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

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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 supp...

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We should never lose sight of the ultimate goals and focus energy on short-term objectives, set a personal example at all times, instill optimism and self-confidence in others, take care of ourselves, reinforce the team message at all times, minimize status differences and insist on courtesy and ...

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