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On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments

 By Alison Levine

Alison Levine takes lessons learned from accomplishing the Adventure Grand Slam – summiting the highest peak on every continent and skiing to the both the North and South Poles (something only 43 people have ever done) and applies them to everyday business challenges for managers at all levels. The advice she provides is accurately described as counterintuitive in title but not in substance. Topics include Why Backward is Often the Right Direction, Making the Most of Weakness, Ignore the Rules, and Embracing Failure. Perhaps best of all, this book delivers practical business advice told in an adventure story.

On the mountaintop or in the conference room, Alison explains that leadership requires us to make critical decisions in conditions that are far from perfect – places where our own survival (and the survival of our team) totally depend upon it. This book is both educational and entertaining, providing great advice on how to reach your full potential as a leader. Alison has a rare ability to relate her incredible first-hand experience and convey her significant knowledge of business and leadership while remaining personable and funny.

Just an FYI: Alison also served as the captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition. She also holds an MBA from Duke University, is a former associate at Goldman Sachs, and has served as an adjunct instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. She’s also a great keynote speaker! You can learn more about her at www.alisonlevine.com.

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