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

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 28, 1916: “Really, we deserve to go without if we deliberately throw valuable food away lie this.”

—from the diary of Thomas Orde Lees— “28 June. The sea is quite calm, which is a bad omen, and what looks like a line of ice on the horizon is a worse one. A seal made quite a little pretence at trying to land. Had we a little more ammunition we should attempt to … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, June 28, 1916: “Really, we deserve to go without if we deliberately throw valuable food away lie this.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 17, 1916: “Then came a hard pull for life, hugging the land and making less than a foot at a time.”

–from the diary of Sir James Wordie— “Great was our joy to hear that Wild had found a decent camping place about 6 miles to the W—apparently the only possible place they saw. . . . “All hands were called to lash up and stow about 5.0 a.m. on Monday 17th. The three boats were … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, April 17, 1916: “Then came a hard pull for life, hugging the land and making less than a foot at a time.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 1916: “I was cooking all the time. .. .”

–from the recollections of Charlie Green, expedition cook— “I was cooking all the time. I was occupied and never got with a crowd. I was in the galley and never got in any conversation for I was too busy. I was cooking for eight hours a day and when I finished I went to the … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 1916: “I was cooking all the time. .. .”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, October 29, 1915: “Poor old ship, what a battered wreck she was.”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”— “Early next morning, before the others were astir, Wild and I rejoined our leader, and together we went aboard the ‘Endurance.’ Poor old ship, what a battered wreck she was. All the cabins along the starboard side had closed up like the bellows of a folding camera. The alleyways … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, October 29, 1915: “Poor old ship, what a battered wreck she was.”

Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 10, 1915: “I lived alone aft.”

–from Ernest Shackleton’s account “South”– “The quarters in the ‘tween decks were completed by the 10th, and the men took possession of the cubicles that had been built. The largest cubicle contained Macklin, McIlroy, Hurley, and Hussey and it was named ‘The Billabong.’ Clark and Wordie lived opposite in a room called ‘Auld Reekie.’ Next … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, March 10, 1915: “I lived alone aft.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 25, 1915: “ The dogs are out of sight, completely buried. . .”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”– “February 25th. The blizzard still raging. Went outside to feed the dogs. The force of wind was so great that it was almost possible to lean against it, the force was in the vicinity of 80 to 100 miles per hour. It is a miracle how the … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, February 25, 1915: “ The dogs are out of sight, completely buried. . .”