Sir Ernest Shackleton has been called "the greatest leader that ever came on God's earth, bar none" for saving the lives of the twenty-seven men stranded with him in the Antarctic for almost two years. Because of his courageous actions, he remains to this day a model for great leadership and masterful crisis management. Now, through anecdotes, the diaries of the men in his crew, and Shackleton's own writing, Shackleton's leadership style and time-honored principles are translated for the modern business world. Written by two veteran business observers, Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell, this practical book helps today's leaders prepare for tomorrow's challenges by learning from Shackleton's triumphant example.
Why are we doing this?
This is a season of unprecedented uncertainty. We know that people are dealing with fear and stress in ways they may not have experienced before. Knowing that we are all going through personal and societal challenges, we wanted to create an opportunity to shift our focus towards a story of hope, of overcoming, and of great leadership in challenging circumstances.
Our hope is that we can all learn something together, encourage one another, and help our communities move forward in wisdom. I heard it said recently that in this difficult season, "We have to be what we want the world to become". If we want the world to have the courage to move forward, we should begin with ourselves. Winston Churchill once said, "fear is a reaction, courage is a decision". We must all focus on making courageous decisions. In times like these, simply choosing not to fear is itself courageous. Our hope is to additionally equip you to move forward courageously with the insights and learnings from Shackleton's story.
Why lead this?
As the founder and leader of Analytic Vizion, I set out to create a data analytic consulting firm with a different foundation. Our core focus is to equip and inspire the next generation of data and technology leaders. We will push towards that vision by spending an outsized amount of time and investment on growing our people, preparing them to serve our communities as the next generation of servant leaders. I have long felt that leadership is the number one driver of long-term success of an organization, yet few organizations invest in their people to create notable outcomes.
We are leading this because we want to help give hope. The famous Mr. Rogers quote reads "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me 'Look for the helpers. You'll always find people who are helping.'" In any way we can, we want to support our neighbors and our community. In many ways, this season makes us feel powerless to help one another, yet we thought this could be helpful to someone out there. We hope you find it helpful.
What you need to do
This part is really simple. Grab a copy of Shackleton's Way by Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell (Amazon Link). Read it over the next three weeks and join us again on April 9th for a virtual book club review the content and talk about the how the ideas have impacted you. While you are reading the book, we would also encourage you to join the ATLTUG Slack #LitLeaders channel to share your thoughts and what you're learning as a part of reading the book. Here's the link: ATLTUG Slack
In transparency, I have known the story of Ernest Shackleton for many years, yet I have not read this book before, so I will be reading along with the rest of the community and look forward to discovering its lessons together.
If the community finds this helpful, we may consider doing this again in the future. We would love your feedback.
How we will interact
From now until April 9 we will see you on the ATLTUG #LitLeaders Slack Channel.
When you sign up for the event on this page, you'll receive a placeholder for the virtual meeting on April 9th from 3:30 PM to 5 PM Eastern time. While I have never conducted a virtual book club before, I encourage everyone to come with ideas that impacted them and thoughts around application to share with the community. Our goal for that meeting will be to encourage one another.
We will send a survey out following the virtual meeting to see how we did and if we should consider future meetings.