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Shackleton's Way


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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.


The heroism of British explorer Ernest ShackletonDbest known for his failed 1914 Antarctic expedition in which he saved his 27-member crew from perishing under harrowing conditions for more than two yearsDhas been chronicled in numerous narrative accounts and, most recently, became the inspiration for another book of business nostrums, Leading at the Edge (Forecasts, Apr. 3). Although they tread in that book's footsteps, Morrell (a financial expert who has studied Shackleton's life and leadership style for 15 years) and Capparell (a Wall St. Journal business editor) have produced a first-rate business primer. With the help of diaries and other first-hand accounts, they vividly describe Shackleton's expeditions and his powerful leadership style, relating them to today's business world in a streamlined presentation. The authors also include the insights of a handful of modern-day leaders, including James Cramer, who believes that his own following of Shackleton's example in hiring talented, optimistic people made the difference for him at the Morrell and Capparell's book is strongest in its emphasis on leading a team against desperate odds over an extended period of time ("Give your staff an occasional reality check to keep them on course. After a time, people will start to treat a crisis situation as business as usual and lose their focus"). (Jan.) Forecast: With a first serial in the Wall Street Journal and a five-city author tour, this solid book may come from behind to overtake its competition, Leading at the Edge. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Overwhelmed by the outbreak of World War I, the incredible story of Sir Ernest Shackleton has now resurfaced in a timely wave of Shackleton mania that reminds us of the importance of learning about heroes. In 1914, after the wreck of their vessel, the Endurance, left his crew of 27 men stranded on an ice floe in the Antarctic 1200 miles from civilization, Shackleton led them through a two-year fight for survival. Authors Morrell (financial representative, Fidelity Investments) and Capparell (an editor and writer for the Wall Street Journal) use anecdotes, diary excerpts from the seamen, and Shackleton's own memoirs to present a refreshing and timely business manual on supreme leadership disguised as an adventure story. Their story is linked to modern-day business challenges, emphasizing lessons of leadership that include working cohesively with all sorts of diverse personalities and talent, maintaining morale, creating order out of chaos, hiring good workers, managing crises with limited resources, and, most importantly, leading by example. Thankfully, the authors focus on the revealing words of those directly involved in this most amazing experience. Highly recommended for all libraries, along with works on the actual story, including Alfred Lansing's Endurance (Carroll & Graf, 2001), Caroline Alexander's The Endurance (LJ 10/15/98), and Shackleton's memoirs, South (1970). Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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
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 *
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 *
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 *
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
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
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
More than an adventure story. It identifies Shakleton's techniques and translates them into practical lessons for business people. * The Independent *

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