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Shackleton’s Way. Leadership Lessons From the Great Antarctic Explorer. Roger J. Jaffe June 7, 2006. The Voyage. December 5, 1914 – Endurance sets sail for Antarctic January 18, 1915 – Endurance gets stuck in pack ice October 27, 1915 – Men abandon ship crushed by ice pack

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Shackleton’s Way

Leadership Lessons From the Great Antarctic Explorer

Roger J. Jaffe

June 7, 2006


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The Voyage

  • December 5, 1914 – Endurance sets sail for Antarctic

  • January 18, 1915 – Endurance gets stuck in pack ice

  • October 27, 1915 – Men abandon ship crushed by ice pack

  • April 9, 1916 – Lifeboats launched after 5 months in tents

  • April 24, 1916 – Shackleton sets out on an 800 mile sail with 2 men in a 22 ft. boat

  • May 10, 1916 – Safe landing, rescue underway


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Lessons


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The Path to Leadership

  • Compassion and responsibility

  • Upbeat, positive environment

  • Turn setbacks and failures into advantage

  • Bold in vision, meticulous in planning

  • Learn from mistakes

  • Take the high road


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Hire an Outstanding Crew

  • Hire those who share your vision

  • Evaluate personality, values, and perspective on life in addition to past experience

  • Surround yourself with cheerful, optimistic people

  • Hire those with greater talents and expertise than your own

  • Spell out clearly the exact duties and requirements of the job

  • Equip employees with the best tools and equipment


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Get the Best from Each Individual

  • Healthy bodies and minds are more productive

  • Match the individual to the position

  • Give consistent feedback on performance

  • Strive for human as well as professional relationships

  • Reward individuals as well as groups

  • Be tolerant; know individuals’ strengths and weaknesses and set reasonable expectations


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Lead Effectively in a Crisis

  • Communicate a plan of action and seek support

  • Keep malcontents close to you; resist the instinct to avoid them

  • Defuse tension; use humor to put people at ease

  • Let go of the past; don’t waste time on regrets

  • Seek advice and information from multiple sources

  • Be patient

  • Give people time to get used to the idea of an unpopular decision


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Form Teams for Tough Assignments

  • Self sufficient groups work best

  • Empower team leaders but keep an eye on details

  • Be self-sacrificing; use the perks you can dispense

  • Show confidence in those acting in your stead

  • Never point out weaknesses of individuals in front of others


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Overcome Obstacles to Reach Goals

  • Go-for-broke risks become more acceptable as options narrow

  • Seek inspiration in enduring wisdom that has comforted and motivated you or others in times of crisis

  • Motivate your staff to be independent

  • Let your people inspire you

  • Make sure the whole job is done; see the entire job, not just tasks, through to successful completion


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Leave a Legacy

  • Leadership is a fine thing, but it has its penalties. And the greatest penalty is loneliness.

  • Optimism is true moral courage.

  • The loyalty of your men is a sacred trust you carry. It is something which must never be betrayed, something you must live up to.

  • I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.

  • If you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.


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