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Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached Their Summits / Edition 1
     

Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached Their Summits / Edition 1

by Michael Useem
 

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ISBN-10: 1400050480

ISBN-13: 2901400050481

Pub. Date: 09/16/2003

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Your team has faltered at a critical moment. A key member says he can't continue, requiring you to make a snap decision: Do you write him off? Or do you risk the whole venture by trying to get him back on his feet? It could be a scenario straight from the business world. Yet this one occurred high on the slopes of the world's deadliest mountain, K2, where lives, not

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Your team has faltered at a critical moment. A key member says he can't continue, requiring you to make a snap decision: Do you write him off? Or do you risk the whole venture by trying to get him back on his feet? It could be a scenario straight from the business world. Yet this one occurred high on the slopes of the world's deadliest mountain, K2, where lives, not just livelihoods, depended on the leader's choice. Decisions don't get much starker. That's why mountains -- though seemingly a world apart from business -- hold unique and surprising insights for managers and entrepreneurs at any altitude. More than just symbols of our upward strivings, they are high-altitude management laboratories: testing grounds where risk, fear, opportunity, and ambition collide in the most unforgiving of settings.

Upward Bound brings together a remarkable team of nine writers equally at home among the high peaks and in the corridors of corporate power, including Good to Great author Jim Collins, legendary climber and outdoor clothing entrepreneur Royal Robbins, and Stacy Allison, the first American woman to summit Mount Everest. While most people will never find themselves in the thin air of the world's highest places, Upward Bound brings those places down to earth for anyone seeking the path to his or her own summit. Whether it's up the career ladder or toward a creative peak, Upward Bound addresses the fundamental question of why we climb, while capturing the power of mountains to instruct as well as inspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901400050481
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/16/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Introduction: Why We Climb1
1Hitting the Wall: Learning that Vertical Limits Aren't13
2Peak Performers: Leading Teams in High Places47
3Falling Up: Success Through Failure in the School of Hard Rocks74
4Killer Applications: An Entrepreneur's Education in the Death Zone92
5Scaling Up: Ridge Walking from Silicon Valley to McKinley's Summit116
6Strategy at the Crux: Life-and-Death Choices on Everest and K2148
7Lessons from the Top: Mount Fuji, Mount Sinai, and Other Peak Paradigms168
8First Mover Advantage: Tenacity and the Business of Adventure186
9Thinking Like a Guide: Making Grounded Decisions at All Altitudes205
Epilogue: On Becoming an Expert Beginner224
Permissions and Photo Credits229
About the Authors231
Index238

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