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Shackleton's Way

In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton led twenty-seven men, for almost two years, through a harrowing fight for their lives after the wreck of their Antarctic vessel, Endurance, left them stranded on an ice floe twelve hundred miles from civilization. But every man survived. And everyman ascribed it to Shackleton's superb leadership.Nearly a century later, this once-overlooked explorer is riding a wave of 'Shackleton mania.' Yet nowhere have the secrets of Shackleton's leadership success been fully analysed. Shackleton's Way draws on anecdotes, crew diaries, contemporary material, and interviews with some of today's leaders to illustrate Shackleton's tactics.Here readers will learn how to manage crises with limited personnel and resources, how to create order out of chaos, how to hire good workers, how to support and inspire employees to do their best, and how to lead by personal example - with optimism, egalitarianism, humour, strength, ingenuity, intelligence, and compassion.Shackleton's Way is a fascinating and practical case study of a leader who triumphed by putting people first and striving for the seemingly impossible.
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Margot Morrell, a financial representative with Fidelity Investments, has worked in business for twenty-four years. She has been a student of Shackleton's life and work for more than 15 years. Stephanie Capparell, a journalist for more than 20 years, is a special writer for The Wall Street Journal's Marketplace front page.


More than an adventure story. It identifies Shakleton's techniques and translates them into practical lessons for business people. * The Independent * Shackleton's Way is filled with gritty examples on the nature of high risk leadership. The characteristics of leadership by example, teambuilding and the spirit needed to overcome great obstacles and sustain a team under stress are well defined in Shackleton's Way. This book would have been required reading for all my flight directors and mission controllers. -- Gene Krantz, former Flight Director, NASA, and author of the New York Times bestselling Failure is Not an Option Shackleton's story captures the true essence of leadership: to help each person achieve their best in order to work together to achieve what some view as the impossible. The lessons in this book are timely and invaluable. -- Patrick T. Harker, Dean, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania If you must lead through crisis and uncertainty - and who doesn't these days? - you must read this book. Shackleton's Way reveals the true leadership lessons of the 20th Century's greatest unsung hero. And unlike most business books, this one is full of excitement, emotion and true literary elegance. -- Thomas Petzinger Jr., former Front Lines columnist, The Wall Street Journal, author of two New York Times Notable Books and CEO of LaunchCyte LLC A case-study in leadership...the story is gripping and impressive...In effect, this is three books in one: the biography; useful lists of leadership behaviours and the business case for emulating Shackletone's leadership style. Read any one of these and it is worthwhile; read all three and a viable personal development plan becomes a strong possibility. * People Management * An inspirational leadership manual... as well as analysing Shackleton's skills, the book profiles several extremely successful people, ranging from astronauts to e-commerce entrepreneurs, who describe how they have been motivated by his example. * Sunday Times * Reading this book is a must... Shackleton's Way for the first time analyses Shackleton's skills in leadership in a way that is entirely relevant to every businessman today. Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell have done us a service by their practical analysis of the lessons we can all learn from Shackleton's way of doing things. I thought I knew everything there was to know about his expeditions, trials and tribulations, yet I still found my attention drawn to aspects of his leadership that I had previously undervalued. -- Sir John Harvey-Jones * Management Today * I recall the moment as vividly as if I had lived it myself: Ernest Shackleton stands before me, exhorting the stranded Endurance crew to jettison every ounce of unnecessary weight so we can run for our lives across the Antarctic pack ice. For emphasis and example, 'The Boss' tosses his own gold cigarette case into the snow. Using the Endurance saga as a case history, Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell have turned a thirteen-year analysis of Shackleton's effective methods into a leadership handbook that reads like an adventure story. They show how successful military leaders, dot com entrepreneurs, investment bankers, educators, corperate executives, and even an astronaut have patterned themselves on the incomparable Antarctic explorer. Better yet, they have neatly codified his winning strategies for the rest of us. -- Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter

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