Soundview Executive Book Summaries

You May Need Oxygen
December 12, 2008, 2:59 PM
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“Remember not to have a fatal accident, because the community will think climbing is a dangerous thing, your friends will be bummed . . . and you’ll be dead.”


This stop-you-in-your-tracks quote from Kitty Calhoun, America’s top female mountaineer, personifies the tone of a new book by Don Schmincke and Chris Warner titled High Altitude Leadership.


Warner’s extensive climbing and leadership experience, coupled with Schmincke’s research and scientific approach, provide timely leadership skills for a crazy time in the business world that could fairly be compared to climbing K-2 with no equipment. Only those leaders who can rise to the enormous challenges of our current economic crisis will survive.


Moving between Warner’s expedition log entries and Schmincke’s thorough research, the authors pinpoint the eight dangers that prevent people from reaching the highest levels of performance. Here’s the list: fear, selfishness, tool seduction, arrogance, lone heroism, cowardice, comfort, and gravity. Check out the excerpt on their website to see how they handle the first danger, fear.


For any executive who wants to survive and succeed in these trying times this book is a must-read. It’s one of those titles that entertains and challenges you at the same time.


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