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Shackleton's Way


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Margot Morrell (Author) Margot Morrell has been a student of Shackleton's life for more than sixteen years and has a master's degree in library science. She has worked in corporate America for twenty-four years. She lives in New York City.Stephanie Capparell (Author) Stephanie Capparell, a journalist for more than twenty years, is an editor for The Wall Street Journal's 'Marketplace' page. She has a master's degree in international affairs. She lives in New York City.


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.

A leadership book that reads like an adventure story.Reading this book is a must... entirely relevant to every businessman today. I thought I knew everything there was to know about Shackleton's expeditions, yet I still found my attention drawn to aspects of his leadership that I had previously undervalued. - Management TodayAn inspirational leadership manual. - Sunday TimesGripping and impressive. - People ManagementShackleton'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. You must read this book.Timely and invaluable. Shackleton's story captures the true essence of leadership.Shackleton's Way is filled with gritty examples on the nature of high risk leadership. This book would have been required reading for all my flight directors and mission controllers.More than an adventure story. It identifies Shakleton's techniques and translates them into practical lessons for business people. - Independent

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