As Good as Your Word: Promises made to be kept

Promises and commitments are the outward signs of mutual trust between parties, a shared understanding, and a bargain to be upheld at each end. A contract, if you will, whether written and signed, or verbal and committed over a handshake, to terms large and detailed involving the exchange of vast sums of money, or as … More As Good as Your Word: Promises made to be kept

“Who’s on your team?” More than you thought.

Who’s on your team? The question springs from a generality, an easily understood concept that in corporations, as in any organization made up of leaders and followers, the combined strength of the team in its members and its output is fundamental to the success of the project. But in the specifics, we must all ask … More “Who’s on your team?” More than you thought.

Who’s in Charge? The Fundamentals of Leadership

The concept of “leadership” has a lot of currency these days, addressed in academic disciplines and institutes, and in countless corporate trainings and seminars. Regardless of the enterprise, there has to be some place in any management hierarchy that is indisputably the pinnacle, occupied by a person who is unquestionably recognized “the Boss.” But that … More Who’s in Charge? The Fundamentals of Leadership

On the Value of Informal Antarctic Conferences

The two conferences previously mentioned (the SouthPole-sium v3 and the meeting of the Shackleton Appreciation Society) with their hopefully biennial convocations each have a social and educational value far in excess of their modest cost. Although neither—relatively informal as they are—will add much luster to your academic portfolio, you may well learn as much from … More On the Value of Informal Antarctic Conferences

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, August 15, 1916: ” A week to-day the sun returns.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “A week to-day the sun returns. I am training the puppies, but have made a mistake; that is, I should have tied them up before putting them into harness; they were frolicksome. In a week they travelled in harmony with Oscar, Gunner, and … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, August 15, 1916: ” A week to-day the sun returns.”

Now in Print: “When Your Life Depends on It” co-authored by David Hirzel and Brad Borkan

Terra Nova Press is pleased to announce the publication of our latest book When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme Decision-Making Lessons from the Antarctic. Co-written by Brad Borkan (London), this book uses epic true stories from the “heroic age” of Antarctic exploration to place the reader in those life and death situations and asks … More Now in Print: “When Your Life Depends on It” co-authored by David Hirzel and Brad Borkan

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “The sun effects amongst the opalescent clouds. . . .”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “Another accident. While ski-ing down a slope [Ernest] Wild came to grief; it means a fortnight in his bunk. Weather greatly improved. The sun effects amongst the opalescent clouds are wonderful to behold, no artist could portray them.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “. . . . a better pal amidst toil and trouble never existed.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “All was going well until one day Richy [R. W. Richards] collapsed. He threw up his arms, gave a cry, and fell down in a faint. Cope was soon to his aid; the long journey had strained his heart. No words could express … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July, 1916: “. . . . a better pal amidst toil and trouble never existed.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “The hut on our first entering, although black and grimy, was like a palace to us.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— “Our first thoughts after the sad news were for the dogs; if they were not secured there would be some severe fighting. After which, we entered the Hut. It is 289 days since we left, and much snow has fallen on the Antarctic … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “The hut on our first entering, although black and grimy, was like a palace to us.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.”

–from the diary of Ernest Joyce, published as “The South Polar Trail”— [The men marooned at the Discovery Hut since their return from the Barrier have determined to make their way over the sea ice to return to the hut at Cape Evans] “July 15th. This turned out a beautiful calm day with full moon, … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, July 15, 1916: “Once more the Great White South has taken its toll.”